Mount Tyson is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Mount Tyson had a population of 285 people.[1]


Mount Tyson is on the Darling Downs. It is located 37 kilometres (23 mi) west of Toowoomba city centre.[4]


The town's name derives from the name of its railway station, which in turn was derived from the local mountain, which was believed to be named after James Tyson, a grazier and Member of the Queensland Legislative Council.[3]

Mount Tyson Provisional School opened on 18 April 1904 (Easter) with 35 pupils; Minnie (McIntyre) Fletcher was the first teacher.[5] In 1 January 1909 it became Mount Tyson State School.[6] The school was extended in 1916, 1949, 1963, 1973 (library) and 1996 (Prep year building). The school celebrated its centenary in 2004.[7]

Mount Tyson Post Office opened by 1917 (a receiving office had been open from 1904, briefly known as Mount Russell).[8]

Between 1914 and 1994 the town was serviced by the Cecil Plains railway line.

St Philip's Anglican Church was dedicated on 13 October 1907 by St Clair Donaldson, the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.[9] When St John's Anglican Church in Springside closed circa 1974, its church building was relocated to the site of St Philip's for use as a Sunday school and later remodelled as a parish hall.[10] Circa 2004, St Philip's church also closed.[10] The land with the two church buildings at 6-8 Main Street (27°34′28″S 51°34′09″E / 27.574553°S 51.569053°E / -27.574553; 51.569053 (St Philip's Anglican Church, Mount Tyson)) was sold as a single lot on 4 August 2016 and is now privately owned.[11][9]

In 1991, Mount Tyson was the national winner of the Australian Tidy Town Awards, run by .[12]


Mount Tyson State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 2-4 Main Street (27°34′29″S 151°34′10″E / 27.5746°S 151.5694°E / -27.5746; 151.5694 (Mount Tyson State School)).[13][14] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 58 students with 7 teachers (4 full-time equivalent) and 8 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).[15]


Library services in Mount Tyson are provided by the Toowoomba Regional Council's mobile library service. The van visits Mt Tyson on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.[16]

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mount Tyson (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Mount Tyson - town in Toowoomba Region (entry 23166)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Mount Tyson - locality in Toowoomba Region (entry 49194)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Mount Tyson". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ "School History". Mount Tyson State School. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Main Street, Mount Tyson, Qld 4356". Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Anglican Records and Archives Centre - Closed Churches". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Australia's Christian Heritage: St Philip's Anglican Church - Former". 8 October 2013. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Australian Tidy Towns Honour Roll". . Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  13. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Mount Tyson State School". Archived from the original on 4 December 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Mobile library". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.

Further reading

  • McNally, Paul Terence; Janke, Irene; Mount Tyson State School; Mount Tyson State School Parents and Citizens Association (2004), Mount Tyson State School : one hundred years of the best, 1904-2004, Mount Tyson State School Parent and Citizens Association, ISBN 978-0-646-43223-6

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