Jackson is a rural town and locality in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Jackson had a population of 57 people.[1]

The town's economy was based on the rail industry.


Former St Faith's Anglican church, 2008

The town is named after John Woodward Wyndham Jackson, who was a sawmiller at Channing (an area now within Jackson South) around 1887 and who later became the police magistrate at Mackay.[2][4][5][6]

Jackson Post Office opened by July 1908 (a receiving office had been open from 1887) and closed in 1988.[7]

At the 2006 census, Jackson had a population of 171.[8]

In 2002, local resident Ella Robinson petitioned Bendemere Shire Council to have Jackson State School's play shed, built in 1908, relocated from the former school site to the centre of town to serve as a bus shelter for passengers travelling on Greyhound Australia's long-distance coach services.[9] In 2012, numerous information panels were installed in the old play shed illustrating the town's history and paying tribute to the pioneers who helped establish the rural community.[9] A crowd of 120 attended a ceremony on 10 November 2012 to see Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott officially unveil the new panels in what is now known as Jackson's "Tribute to Pioneers".[9] Tourism bodies now mention The Old Play Shed in promotional material as one of the interesting sights to see in Jackson.[10]

The Old Play Shed which houses Jackson's 'Tribute to Pioneers' display


The Jackson Branch Library is situated in Edward Street.[11] It is operated by the Maranoa Regional Council through the Rural Libraries Queensland service provided by the State Library of Queensland.[12][13]


There are no schools in Jackson. The nearest primary schools are in Dulacca and Yuleba. The nearest secondary school is in Wallumbilla, but that school only provides education to Year 10. For Years 11 and 12, the nearest secondary schools are in Miles and Roma.[14]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Jackson (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Jackson - town in Maranoa Region (entry 16978)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Jackson - locality in Maranoa Region (entry 47431)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  4. ^ "NOMENCLATURE OF QUEENSLAND.—158". The Courier-mail (808). Queensland, Australia. 1 April 1936. p. 14. Retrieved 2 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "SKETCHER". The Queenslander (2455). Queensland, Australia. 4 April 1914. p. 8. Retrieved 2 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Current News". The Queenslander. XXXI (591). Queensland, Australia. 22 January 1887. p. 125. Retrieved 2 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Jackson (Bendemere Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b c George, R (12 November 2012). "Shed delivers lessons". The Western Star. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Destination information: Jackson". Tourism and Events Queensland website. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Queensland Public Library Directory". Public Libraries Connect. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Libraries". Maranoa Regional Council. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  13. ^ "WebOPAC Rural Libraries Queensland Catalogue". Rural Libraries Queensland. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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