The name Degilbo was the name of a pastoral run owned by William Henry Walsh (a Member of the Queensland Legislative Council) in 1847. It is believed to be an Aboriginal word dackeel bo meaning sharp or upright stones. A very popular story is that Degiblo is actually the word obliged spelt backwards, attributed to a railway surveyor, who had to assign names to many railway stations, had run out of ideas but as he was obliged to come up with a name, he wrote that word down backwards. Being perhaps a more entertaining story, the story of the backwards spelling is frequently published, and is usually followed by a spate of correspondence pointing out that the name of the pastoral run preceded the railway station by at least 20 years.
The first Degilbo Post Office opened on 1 April 1893. It was renamed Woowoonga in 1894, Appallan in 1897 and Degilbo in 1898. It closed in 1958.
Woowoonga Provisional School opened on 15 March 1894. In 1898 it was renamed Degilbo Provisional School and in January 1908 it became Degilbo State School. It was mothballed in December 2007 before final closure on 5 June 2008.
Degilbo has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) west of Degilbo on the Mungar-Monto railway line: Deep Creek Railway Bridge
- Exhibition Street: Degilbo Hall
- 607 Seccombes Road, off Maryborough - Biggenden Road: Degilbo Cemetery
There are no schools in Degilbo. The nearest primary schools are in Biggenden and Dallarnil while the nearest secondary schools are in Biggenden (to Year 10) and in Gayndah and Childers (both to Year 12).
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