Wongawallan, Queensland

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Wongawallan
Queensland
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Wongawallan Creek
Wongawallan is located in Queensland
Wongawallan
Wongawallan
Coordinates27°53′17″S 153°14′15″E / 27.8880°S 153.2375°E / -27.8880; 153.2375 (Wongawallan (centre of locality))
Population1,273 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density38.69/km2 (100.21/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4210
Area32.9 km2 (12.7 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Forde
Suburbs around Wongawallan:
Cedar Creek Kingsholme Willowvale
Cedar Creek Wongawallan Upper Coomera
Tamborine Mountain Gunanaba Maudsland

Wongawallan is a rural locality in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census Wongawallan had a population of 1,273 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Wongawallan is mountainous terrain with most farming and residential development occurring the creek valleys. The hilltops are largely undeveloped.

Mount Wongawallan is a mountain in the north-east of the locality (27°52′02″S 153°15′18″E / 27.8672°S 153.255°E / -27.8672; 153.255 (Mount Wongawallan)) rising to 378 metres (1,240 ft) above sea level.[3][4]

The main creeks are Wongawallan Creek and Tamborine Creek. Tamborine Creek joins Wongawallan creek at 27°53′59″S 153°15′00″E / 27.89972°S 153.25000°E / -27.89972; 153.25000 (Tamborine Creek) close to Welch Pioneer Park.[5] Wongawallan Creek is a tributary of the Coomera River; their confluence is in neighbouring Maudsland.[4]

The Tamborine-Oxenford Road is the main road to and through the locality.[4]

History[edit]

The area was originally named Mount Goulburn after Henry Goulburn by surveyor Dixon. However, later it was renamed Wongawallan, believed to be an Aboriginal word where wonga means pigeon and walla means water.[6]

However, it has been claimed that it was named after an Aboriginal man nicknamed "Peter" who killed John Wilkinson, a settler, at Wongawallan Creek in 1876.,[7] but contemporaneous newspaper reports of the death of Wilkinson only refer to the Aboriginal man as "Peter".[8][9][10][11][12][13]

In the 2011 census, Wongawallan had a population of 1,103 people.[14]

In the 2016 census Wongawallan had a population of 1,273 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

There are a number of heritage-listed sites in Wongawallan, including:

  • Welch Pioneer Park, 881 Tamborine-Oxenford Road: Grave of Elizabeth Welch [15]

Education[edit]

There are no schools in Wongawallan. The nearest government primary schools are Highlands Reserve State School and Upper Coomera State College, both in neighbouring Upper Coomera to the east, and Tamborine Mountain State School in neighbouring Tamborine Mountain to the south-west. The nearest government secondary schools are Upper Coomera State College in neighbouring Upper Coomera to the east and Tamborine Mountain State High School in neighbouring Tamborine Mountain to the south-east.[4]

Amenities[edit]

There are a number of parks in the locality, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wongawallan (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Wongawallan – locality in City of Gold Coast (entry 46096)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Mount Wongawallan – mountain in City of Gold Coast (entry 37933)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Tamborine Creek (entry 33233)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Wongawallan History". History of our suburbs. City of Gold Coast Council. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Wongawallan". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 23 May 1931. p. 17. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Upper Coomera". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 5 August 1876. p. 6. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  9. ^ "The Brisbane Courier". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 7 August 1876. p. 2. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  10. ^ "City Police Court". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 2 February 1877. p. 3. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  11. ^ "BRISBANE". The Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser. Toowoomba, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 24 February 1877. p. 5. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Telegraphic". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 12 March 1877. p. 2. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  13. ^ "LOGAN AND ALBERT". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 15 March 1879. p. 327. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  14. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wongawallan (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  15. ^ Gold Coast Local Heritage Register - A to M, pp. 45-46
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.

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