Haden is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Haden had a population of 195 people.[1]


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.[2]

Wahoon State School opened on 20 May 1912. In February 1913 it was renamed Haden State School.[4]

St John the Evangelist Anglican Church was dedicated in 1924 by The Venerable Edward Castell Osborn. Its closure circa 2013 was approved by Archbishop Phillip Aspinall.[5]

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.[6]


Haden State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1520 Haden-Crow's Nest Road (27°13′27″S 151°53′21″E / 27.2241°S 151.8892°E / -27.2241; 151.8892 (Haden State School)).[7][8] 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).[9]

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.[10]


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.[11] The school opened on 20 May 1912.[12] Three churches and the Haden Hall also continue to operate.

Library services in Haden are provided by the Toowoomba Regional Council's mobile library service. The van visits Haden State School on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.[13]

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Haden (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Haden - town in Toowoomba Region (entry 15176)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Haden - locality in Toowoomba Region (entry 49188)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  5. ^ Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. "Closed Churches". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ "School Profile". Haden State School. The State of Queensland. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  7. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Haden State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  9. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Haden State School". Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Mobile library". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Jessica van Vonderen". ABC News. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  15. ^ "School centenary". Toowoomba Chronicle. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2019 – via PressReader.

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