Haden is a small rural town approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Toowoomba and 185 kilometres (115 mi) north west from Brisbane. The town is set high on the Great Dividing Range, resulting in a high number of windy days. There is a picturesque lookout on the Haden-Maclagan Road to the west of the town.
The district was originally known as Wahoon, from an Aboriginal word meaning scrub turkey. When the railway station was established, it was named Haden railway station on 8 June 1912, after Alice Elizabeth Ruth Paget (née Haden), the second wife of Walter Trueman Paget who was Secretary for Railways in 1980. The town takes its name from the railway station.
Wahoon State School opened on 20 May 1912. In February 1913 it was renamed Haden State School.
Haden had been a thriving town with numerous pubs and stores at the turn of the 20th century. With the arrival of rail and Haden State School which was opened in 1912 the town prospered. It became an established place to live, as the surrounding land was ideal for cattle and dairy farming. With the rapid increase in technology and the decline of the dairy industry in Queensland due to deregulation, the population began to decline. Only a handful of farms continue to operate in the area, with the majority of farmers turning to cattle and crop production.
Haden State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1520 Haden-Crow's Nest Road ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 22 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).).
There are no secondary schools in Haden. The nearest secondary schools are in Crows Nest and Quinalow but these schools only offer secondary education to Year 10. For Years 11 and 12 the nearest secondary school is in Highfields.
The village continues to be serviced by "The Haden Stores." Haden State School continues providing education for students from the village and predominantly the farms to the north-west. The school opened on 20 May 1912. Three churches and the Haden Hall also continue to operate.
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