Coalstoun Lakes is a rural town and locality in the North Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3]


The lakes (from which the district takes its name) were named by local pioneer, Nugent Wade Brown, in 1894.[4]

Coalstoun Lakes Post Office opened on 1 July 1927 (a receiving office had been open from 1910) and closed in 1976.[5]

Coalstoun Lakes State School opened on 25 July 1910.[6]

In the 2011 census, Coalstoun Lakes had a population of 423 people.[1]

Name origin

The meaning of the name is not positively known but it has been speculated that Coalstoun is the corruption of an Aboriginal word Goanalganai.[2][3]

That origin is unlikely because the name 'Coalstoun' is a corruption of the word 'Colstoun', which was the ancestral home of the Brown family in Scotland. Colstoun is located south of Edinburgh and remains in the Brown family.[7] Nugent Wade Brown's father, John Brown (1787–1860), emigrated to the Colony of New South Wales and established a property named Colstoun near what is now Gresford in the Hunter Valley in 1838.[8]

According to Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing "The lakes were named after Coalstoun in Scotland by Wade Brun, manager of nearby Ban Ban Station." [9] There is no doubt that Nugent Wade Brown and Wade Brun were the same person.[10] His wife, Margaret Campbell-Antill, was an aunt of Major-General John Macquarie Antill CB, CMG.[11]


The Isis Highway passes through the locality from north-east to south, also passing through the town. The Coalstoun Lakes National Park is in the north-east of the locality.[12]

Heritage listings

Coalstoun Lakes has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • corner of Glenview Street and Cemetery Road: Coalstoun Lakes Cemetery[13]
  • corner of Isis Highway and Glenview Street: Coalstoun Lakes Memorial Hall[13]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Coalstoun Lakes (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Coalstoun Lakes (entry 7541)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Coalstoun Lakes (entry 47367)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. ^ "QUEENSLAND ROYAL SOCIETY,". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 17 March 1894. p. 6. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Colstoun". Colstoun House, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2019. Colstoun is also the Ancestral Home of the Broun Family.
  8. ^ "Brown, John (1787–1860)". Obituaries Australia. 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Coalstoun Lakes National Park - About Coalstoun Lakes". Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Brown, Nugent Wade (1841–1919)". Obituaries Australia. 14 July 1919. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Margaret Cambell-Antill". Geneanet. Renaud BROWN de COLSTOUN. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  13. ^ a b "North Burnett Local Heritage Register" (PDF). North Burnett Regional Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.

Coordinates: 25°37′39″S 151°53′33″E / 25.62750°S 151.89250°E / -25.62750; 151.89250