Walloon, Queensland – Wikipedia

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Suburb of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Walloon is a town and rural residential locality in the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census the locality of Walloon had a population of 1,588 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

The locality is bounded to the north by the Warrego Highway and to the south by the Bremer River. The town is roughly in the centre of the locality. The Rosewood railway line enters the locality from the east (Karrabin), passes through the town which is served by the Walloon railway station (27°36′27″S 152°40′04″E / 27.6074°S 152.6678°E / -27.6074; 152.6678 (Walloon railway station)),[4] and then exits to the south-west (Thagoona).[5]

The centre and eastern parts of the locality are rural residential while the land use in the western part of the locality is predominantly grazing on native vegetation.[5]

History[edit]

The origin of the suburb name is thought to refer to the French-speaking area of southern Belgium known as Wallonia.[3]

Guilfoyles Creek Non Vested School was opened in 1865 by the Catholic Church.[6][7][8][9] It may have closed and reopened but is believed to have closed permanently when Walloon State School opened in 1877.[10]

A German Lutheran Church opened in Walloon near the railway station on Wednesday 9 July 1873.[11][12]

In July 1873 the Queensland Government reserved 10 acres (4.0 ha) at Walloon for a “national school” (the former name for “state school”).[13] In October 1876 the government called for tenders to construct a primary school at Walloon.[14] The foundations for the school building were in place by February 1877.[15] Walloon State School opened on 9 July 1877.[10]

On Saturday 21 April 1891, sisters Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick (aged 9 and 6 respectively) were drowned in a waterhole near their home in Walloon.[16] Poet Henry Lawson wrote a poem called The Babies of Walloon based on their deaths. In 2006, a sculpture depicting the Broderick sisters playing was unveiled in the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park in Walloon. In 2015, a new headstone was erected of the children’s grave in Ipswich General Cemetery.[17]

In the 2011 census, Walloon had a population of 1,548 people.[18]

In the 2016 census the locality of Walloon had a population of 1,588 people.[1]

Transport[edit]

Walloon railway station, 2012

Walloon railway station provides Queensland Rail City network services to Rosewood, Ipswich and Brisbane via Ipswich.

Education[edit]

Walloon State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Karrabin-Rosewood Road (27°36′20″S 152°39′47″E / 27.6056°S 152.6631°E / -27.6056; 152.6631 (Walloon State School)).[19][20] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 234 students with 19 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (10 full-time equivalent).[21] It includes a special education program.[19]

There is no secondary school in the Walloon. The nearest government secondary schools are Ipswich State High School in Brassall, Ipswich, to the east and Rosewood State High School in Rosewood to the south-west.[5]

Amenities[edit]

The Ipswich City Council operates a fortnightly mobile library service which visits Queen Street.[22]

The Walloon branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association meets at 534 Karrabin-Rosewood Road.[23]

There are a number of parks in Walloon, including:

Local shops[edit]

Walloon Shopping Village, 2008

Walloon has an array of small businesses. The businesses available include:

  • Take-away food
  • Hairdresser
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • The historical Walloon Saloon
  • Walloon IGA
  • Walloon Bakery
  • Dentist
  • Service Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Walloon (SSC)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ “Walloon – town in City of Ipswich (entry 36349)”. Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b “Walloon – locality in City of Ipswich (entry 45086)”. Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  4. ^ “Railway stations and sidings – Queensland”. Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 2 October 2020. Archived from the original on 5 October 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b c “Queensland Globe”. State of Queensland. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  6. ^ “Local and General News”. Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. Vol. IV, no. 440. Queensland, Australia. 25 March 1865. p. 3. Archived from the original on 17 September 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ “No Title”. Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. Vol. V, no. 607. Queensland, Australia. 21 April 1866. p. 2. Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ “LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS”. Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. Vol. VI, no. 703. Queensland, Australia. 1 December 1866. p. 3. Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ “LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS”. Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. Vol. VII, no. 842. Queensland, Australia. 24 October 1867. p. 3. Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  11. ^ “Country News, by Mail”. The Queenslander. Vol. VIII, no. 389. Queensland, Australia. 19 July 1873. p. 10. Archived from the original on 17 September 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ “TELEGRAPHIC”. The Brisbane Courier. Vol. XXVIII, no. 4, 990. Queensland, Australia. 26 September 1873. p. 2. Retrieved 5 January 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ “OFFICIAL NOTIFICATIONS”. The Brisbane Courier. Vol. XXVIII, no. 4, 938. Queensland, Australia. 28 July 1873. p. 3. Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ “OFFICIAL NOTIFICATIONS”. The Telegraph. No. 1, 251. Queensland, Australia. 14 October 1876. p. 3. Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ “Brisbane Grammar School at Melbourne”. The Queenslander. Vol. XII, no. 77. Queensland, Australia. 3 February 1877. p. 11. Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ “Sad Drowning Fatality”. Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. Vol. XXXII, no. 4557. Queensland, Australia. 23 March 1891. p. 2 (Daily.). Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  17. ^ “Official graveside blessing for Ipswich’s Babies of Walloon”. Ipswich City Council. 21 March 2015. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  18. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). “Walloon (SSC)”. 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 December 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  19. ^ a b “State and non-state school details”. Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  20. ^ “Walloon State School”. Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  21. ^ “ACARA School Profile 2018”. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  22. ^ “Ipswich Libraries: Mobile library schedule of stops – January to June 2018” (PDF). Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  23. ^ “Branch Locations”. Queensland Country Women’s Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  24. ^ a b c d e “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.

Further reading[edit]

Works related to The Babies of Walloon at Wikisource

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