Widgeegoara, Queensland

Widgeegoara is a rural locality in the Shire of Paroo, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Widgeegoara had a population of 34 people.[1]

Suburb of Shire of Paroo, Queensland, Australia
Widgeegoara
Queensland

Widgeegoara
Coordinates

28.3395°S 146.3172°E / -28.3395; 146.3172

Population 34 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 0.01141/km2 (0.0296/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4490
Area 2,980.0 km2 (1,150.6 sq mi)
LGA(s) Shire of Paroo
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal division(s) Maranoa
Suburbs around Widgeegoara:
Cunnamulla Linden Linden
Cunnamulla Widgeegoara Nebine
Tuen Noorama Jobs Gate

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Noorama Creek and Widgeegoara Creek flow through the locality from the north-west (Cunnamulla) to the south (Noorama). These creeks are distributaries of the Warrego River.[3][4]

The predominant land use is grazing of cattle and sheep.[4]

The locality’s name come from the parish and creek of the same name, which in turn was the name of a pastoral run used since 1867. It is believed to be an Aboriginal word combination meaning turn around quickly.[2][5][6]

In 1878 the Widgeegoara Station was described when offered for sale as:[7]

The well-known Widgeegoara Station, in the Warrego district, situate about 180 miles from Bourke, and containing about 180 square miles of magnificent sheep country, consisting of open plains, heavily grassed with blue, barley, and other grasses and herbage, and saltbush in abundance, and is of the most fattening description.The run is abundantly watered, having fifteen miles frontage to the Widgeegoara Creek, with two large dams, and has also two tanks, one of 12,000 yards, with ten miles of drains leading into it, and one of 800 yards, and two fresh-water wells, one of which has been in constant use for five years, and gives a good supply.The tanks and dams are all full at present.The improvements also comprise home paddock, stock and sheep yards, a good dwelling-house, with kitchen, store, outhouses, and stable.The run will be sold without stock.The wethers from this station have averaged 621b. in the Sydney market.

In October 1884 Messrs Bignell of Widgeegoara Station successfully constructed a bore that obtained sub-artesian water, the first in Queensland.[8][9]

Widgeegoara Provisional School opened circa 1898. From May 1903 it was a half-time school operated in conjunction with Abbadoah Provisional School (presumably at Abbadoah Station at 28.04983°S 145.85872°E / -28.04983; 145.85872 (Abbadoah Station)) with a single teacher serving at the two schools, but that arrangement was reversed in June 1903 with the teacher returning to Widgeegoara Provisional School on a full-time basis. However, due to low student numbers, the school was closed in either late 1903 or early 1904.[10]

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Widgeegoara (SSC)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  2. “Widgeegoara – locality in Shire of Paroo (entry 42662)”. Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  3. “Queensland Globe”. State of Queensland. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. “Warrego”. Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Australian Government. Archived from the original on 18 March 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  5. “Widgeegoara – parish in Paroo Shire (entry 37423)”. Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  6. “Widgeegoara Creek – watercourse in Paroo Shire (entry 37424)”. Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  7. “Classified Advertising”. The Queenslander. XIV (175). Queensland, Australia. 21 December 1878. p. 355. Retrieved 19 April 2019 via National Library of Australia.
  8. “Part 4, Chapter 5, Our Asset in Artesian Water”(PDF). Our first half-century : a review of Queensland progress : based upon official information : by authority of the Government of Queensland. Queensland Government. 1909. p. 155.
  9. “The Warrego”. The Brisbane Courier (21, 329). Queensland, Australia. 5 June 1926. p. 18. Retrieved 19 April 2019 via National Library of Australia.
  10. Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
Towns and localities in the Shire of Paroo, Queensland

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