Mount Debateable is a rural locality in the North Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Mount Debateable had a population of 54 people.[1]

Geography

The Burnett River forms the northern boundary of the locality. There are two peaks in the locality: Mount Debateable at an elevation of 261 metres (856 ft) in the north of the locality and White Hill at 122 metres (400 ft) in the north-east.[3]

The principal land use is grazing with some irrigated cropping near the Burnett River.[3]

The Gayndah Mundubbera Road passes through the locality from east (Gayndah) to west (Deep Creek).[3]

Despite the name, the Mount Debateable railway station is not in the locality but in Dirnbir north of the river.[3][4]

History

The locality takes its name from the mountain, which in turn takes its name from the Mount Debateable pastoral run taken up in 1851 by George Mocatta. Although it is sometimes written as Mount Debatable, in February 1987, the Queensland Place Names Board confirmed the official spelling to be Mount Debateable.[2][5]

In January 1912, tenders were called to build a state school in Mount Debateable.[6] A new school building was built in 1926 and the school renamed Granite Hill State School.[7][8] It closed in 1957.[9]

Education

There are no schools in Mount Debateable. The nearest primary and secondary schools are in neighbouring Gayndah.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mount Debateable (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Mount Debateable - locality in North Burnett Region (entry 45393)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Mount Debateable - railway station in the Burnett Region (entry 23010)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Mount Debateable - mountain in the Burnett Region (entry 9557)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  6. ^ "PUBLIC WORKS TENDERS". The Telegraph (12, 212). Queensland, Australia. 8 January 1912. p. 2. Retrieved 31 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Item ID15511, Mount Debateable No.1365 State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  8. ^ "NEW STATE SCHOOLS". The Brisbane Courier (21, 292). Queensland, Australia. 23 April 1926. p. 10. Retrieved 31 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 31 July 2019.

Further reading

  • Roberts, Nancy; Gayndah and District Historical Society (1997), Mount Debateable State School, Gayndah & District Historical Society, retrieved 31 July 2019