Widgee

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Widgee
Queensland
Widgee Memorial Hall.JPG
Memorial hall
Widgee is located in Queensland
Widgee
Widgee
Coordinates26°12′59″S 152°25′12″E / 26.2163°S 152.4199°E / -26.2163; 152.4199Coordinates: 26°12′59″S 152°25′12″E / 26.2163°S 152.4199°E / -26.2163; 152.4199
Population794 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density4.014/km2 (10.397/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4570
Area197.8 km2 (76.4 sq mi)
LGA(s)Gympie Region
State electorate(s)Gympie
Federal Division(s)Wide Bay
Suburbs around Widgee:
Oakview Lower Wonga Bells Bridge
Black Snake Widgee Glastonbury
Wrattens Forest Wrattens Forest Upper Glastonbury

Widgee is a rural locality in the Gympie Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Widgee had a population of 794 people.[1]

History[edit]

The name is believed to have originated from the Aboriginal words Witchee Witchee meaning listen or hark.[3]

Widgee Provisional School opened on 11 July 1892. It became Widgee State School on 1 January 1909.[4]

At the 2011 census, Widgee had a population of 788.[5]

Heritage listings[edit]

Widgee has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Education[edit]

Widgee State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 2156 Gympie-Woolooga Road (26°12′14″S 152°26′35″E / 26.2038°S 152.4431°E / -26.2038; 152.4431 (Widgee State School)).[7][8] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 52 students with 4 teachers (3 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).[9]

There are no secondary schools in Widgee; the nearest one is James Nash State High School in Gympie.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Widgee (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Widgee - locality in Gympie Region (entry 46397)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ "NOMENCLATURE OF QUEENSLAND-306". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 22 September 1936. p. 12. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Widgee". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 July 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "Wodonga House (former) (entry 600643)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  7. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Widgee State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  9. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Donald, R. H (1969). 'Widgee Widgee'. Reid Printery.
  • Dale, J. D. (John Douglas); McCarthy, M. T. (Mary T.); Widgee State School (1992). Widgee, the development of a community. Widgee State School. ISBN 978-0-646-11300-5.
  • Widgee State School. 90th Anniversary Celebrations Committee (1982). Widgee State School 90th anniversary 1892-1982 : a history of the school. Widgee State School. ISBN 978-0-949704-03-0.

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