Welcome to Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi country and the wonderful town of Brooloo

In March 1908 over 41,000 acres in the Brooloo parish was set aside as state forest – something timber getters were not happy about. The portion of land that was set aside for the township of Brooloo belonged to Mr George Sutton who had taken it up in 1907. The original township map shows the name of “Dewarill”, but this was changed when the railway was established to “The Bluff”. The name was changed yet again when the railway station was opened at Brooloo.

Most settlement began in 1914 with a land sale, another one was held in 1921. The Mary Valley Rail’s terminus was at Brooloo.  In 1915 the name of the school and town was changed from Bluff Plains to Brooloo when the district was renamed Brooloo. Brooloo was a thriving town supporting Timber, banana and other small crop industries. [Joy King]

View the slideshow for a snapshot, but click on the photo gallery for all photos.

  • Brooloo School, c1920 - Gympie Regional Libraries collection
  • Brooloo School - Tom Bath teacher Ron Bath to right of Tom - Gympie Regional Libraries collection

Photo Gallery of Brooloo – click on an image to view full screen

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King, Joy (2001) “Imbil: jewel of the Mary Valley: a historical reference” [available for loan from the library]
Wild Heart Bountiful Land
Produced by the Queensland State Archives in partnership with Cooloola Shire Council, Wild Heart Bountiful Land is an historical overview of the Mary River Valley. [free eBook]
Mary Valley Rattler
A history of the railway in the Mary Valley [Web site]
Queensland Places
Centre for the Government of Queensland, contains all the places in Queensland with or has had a population over 500. [Web site]
Queensland Government – Place Names
Queensland place names database [Web site]
Regional Profile
A statistical snapshot of our region [Web site]
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Data from the 2016 Census [Web site]


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