Wondai /ˈwɒnd/[2] is a rural town and locality in the South Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia.[3][4] In the 2016 census, Wondai had a population of 1,973 people.[1]

Geography

Wondai is located to the south of the Bunya Highway, 241 kilometres (150 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane.

History

Butcher shop in Wondai, 1935
A funeral procession in Wondai, ca. 1915

The name Wondai is believed to be an aboriginal word from the Wakawaka language derived from either watya meaning dingo (a native dog) or wandar meaning nape of the neck.[3][4]

Wondai was first settled in the 1850s and closer settlement took place in the early 1900s.

Wondai Provisional School opened on 2 May 1905. On 1 January 1909 it became Wondai State School. A secondary department was added in 1964.[5]

Wondai Methodist Church opened on 3 October 1908, being replaced by the current church building on 9 August 1914. When the Methodist Church amalgamated into the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977, it became Wondai Uniting Church.[6]

St Mary's Anglican Church was dedicated on Thursday 21 September 1939 by Archbishop William Wand.[7][8] It replaced an earlier church.[9]

On Sunday 31 January 1954 Archibishop James Duhig opened the St John the Baptist Primary Catholic School in Wondai.[10] It was operated the Presentation Sisters who already operated a convent school in Murgon. The school was alway small with only two or three teachers serving there.In January 1968 it was decided that the two teachers should travelby car from the Murgon convent each day rather than operate a separate convent in Wondai. With student numbers falling below 30 and the Murgon Catholic School being only 9 miles (14 km) away, the St John's school closed at the end of 1969.[11]

In the 2006 census Wondai had a population of 1,402 people.[12]

In the 2011 census Wondai had a population of 2,127 people.[13]

In the 2016 census Wondai had a population of 1,973 people.[1]

Heritage listings

Wondai has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Economy

Important industries include beef, dairy, grains and duboisia, used in the production of the antispasmodic drug butylscopolamine. Growing in importance is the wine industry.

Education

Wondai State School is a government primary and secondary (Prep-9) school for boys and girls at 32 Kent Street (26°19′15″S 151°52′56″E / 26.3207°S 151.8821°E / -26.3207; 151.8821 (Wondai State School)).[15][16] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 162 students with 20 teachers (18 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).[17] It includes a special education program.[15]

For secondary education to Year 12, the nearest schools are Murgon State High School in Murgon to the north-west or Kingaroy State High School in Kingaroy to the south.[18]

Amenities

The South Burnett Regional Council operates a library in Wondai.[19] The Wondai library building opened in 1962 and is located at 78 Mackenzie Street.[20][21]

The Wondai branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at 86 McKenzie Street.[22]

St Mary's Anglican Church is at 32 Baynes Street (26°19′11″S 151°52′35″E / 26.3198°S 151.8765°E / -26.3198; 151.8765 (St Mary's Anglican Church)).[23]

St John the Baptist Catholic Church is at 16 Bramston Street.[24][25]

Wondai Uniting Church (formerly Wondai Methodist Church) is at 56 Pring Street.[6]

Wondai Baptist Church is at 48 Cadell Street.[26]

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church is at 38 Pring Street.[27]

St John-Trinity Lutheran Church is at 37 Edwards Street.[28]

Notable residents

Notable people from Wondai include

Wondai was also home to the legendary pacer Wondai's Mate.[29]

References

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wondai (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ a b "Wondai – town in South Burnett Region (entry 37889)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Wondai – locality in South Burnett Region (entry 46282)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  5. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ a b "Wondai Uniting Church". Churches Australia. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  7. ^ "NEW ANGLICAN CHURCH AT WONDAI DEDICATED". The Telegraph. Queensland, Australia. 22 September 1939. p. 12 (CITY FINAL LAST MINUTE NEWS). Retrieved 16 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Year Book" (PDF). Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane. 2019. p. 132. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  9. ^ "NEW ANGLICAN CHURCH AT WONDAI". Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (21, 180). Queensland, Australia. 28 September 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 16 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Drift To Cities Condemned". Morning Bulletin (29, 476). Queensland, Australia. 25 January 1954. p. 4. Retrieved 28 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "The Story of St Joseph's Catholic Parish, Murgon" (PDF). c. 2019. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wondai (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
  13. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wondai". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 September 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  14. ^ "Boondooma Homestead (entry 600967)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  15. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Wondai State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Locate a Library - South Burnett Regional Council". South Burnett Regional Council. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  20. ^ "Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-2017" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Wondai Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  23. ^ "St Mary's Anglican Church". Churches Australia. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  24. ^ "St John the Baptist Wondai". murgon.brisbanecatholic.org.au. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  25. ^ "St John the Baptist Catholic Church". Churches Australia. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  26. ^ "Wondai Baptist Church". Churches Australia. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  27. ^ "St Andrew's Presbyterian Church". Churches Australia. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  28. ^ "St John-Trinity Lutheran Church". Churches Australia. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  29. ^ "24 HOURS OF SADNESS HITS THE SOUTH BURNETT". Just Racing. Phil Purser. 2004. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2007.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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