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Biddeston
Toowoomba Region, Queensland
Fields at Biddeston.jpg
Fields along Oakey Biddleston Road, 2014
Biddeston is located in Queensland
Biddeston
Biddeston
Coordinates 27°34′13″S 151°42′56″E / 27.5702°S 151.7155°E / -27.5702; 151.7155 (Biddeston (town centre))
Population 284 (2016 census)
 • Density 3.848/km2 (9.97/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4401
Area 73.8 km2 (28.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Toowoomba Region
State electorate(s) Condamine
Federal Division(s) Groom
Localities around Biddeston:
Aubigny Oakey Kingsthorpe
Linthorpe Biddeston Wellcamp
Westbrook
Linthorpe Southbrook Athol

Biddeston is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Biddeston had a population of 284 people.

History

StateLibQld 2 196139 Biddeston State School tent, Queensland, 1919
Biddeston State School opened in a tent, Queensland, 1919
Original one room school at Biddeston Queensland, circa 1921
The one-room school at Biddeston, circa 1921

A postal receiving office opened on 1 February 1882 and was upgraded to a post office on 1 July 1927. During that time it was run by the Anderson family of Biddeston Farm, which is probably the origin of the district name. The post office closed on 5 January 1965.

The town reserve was established on 26 August 1890.

In 1880, a 10-acre block of land on the Oakey-Southbrook Road was aside for a school. However, it was not until 14 October 1919 that the Biddeston State School finally opened, but with only a tent for a schoolroom for the 14 children enrolled under teacher Margaret Cecilla Cloherty Anderson. It was not until 10 October 1921 that the Education Department built a one-room timber building to replace the tent. Despite growing enrolment numbers, the Education Department would not enlarge the building apart from the addition of a verandah in 1927. It was not until 1954 that a second school room was built.

Events

The Biddeston Tractor Pull is an annual event in which restored and modified tractors compete to pull heavy loads.

Economy

There are a number of homesteads in the locality:

  • Aberdeen (27°32′24″S 151°44′48″E / 27.5400°S 151.7467°E / -27.5400; 151.7467 (Aberdeen (homestead)))
  • Aughamore (27°34′06″S 151°43′43″E / 27.5684°S 151.7285°E / -27.5684; 151.7285 (Aughamore (homestead)))
  • Bronte Park (27°34′14″S 151°44′40″E / 27.5705°S 151.7445°E / -27.5705; 151.7445 (Bronte Park (homestead)))
  • Burton (27°32′25″S 151°44′56″E / 27.5404°S 151.7489°E / -27.5404; 151.7489 (Burton (homestead)))
  • Chelandry (27°34′21″S 151°43′50″E / 27.5726°S 151.7306°E / -27.5726; 151.7306 (Chelandry (homestead)))
  • Croxley (27°31′46″S 151°44′31″E / 27.5294°S 151.7419°E / -27.5294; 151.7419 (Croxley (homestead)))
  • Egmont Park (27°36′09″S 151°43′49″E / 27.6024°S 151.7302°E / -27.6024; 151.7302 (Egmont Park (homestead)))
  • Enterprise (27°30′45″S 151°44′55″E / 27.5125°S 151.7486°E / -27.5125; 151.7486 (Enterprise (homestead)))
  • Glen Bride (27°32′21″S 151°44′20″E / 27.5391°S 151.7388°E / -27.5391; 151.7388 (Glen Bride (homestead)))
  • Glen View (27°35′02″S 151°44′00″E / 27.5838°S 151.7333°E / -27.5838; 151.7333 (Glen View (homestead)))
  • Goldrush Lodge (27°35′03″S 151°43′35″E / 27.5843°S 151.7264°E / -27.5843; 151.7264 (Goldrush Lodge (homestead)))
  • Hillview (27°34′52″S 151°45′07″E / 27.5810°S 151.7519°E / -27.5810; 151.7519 (Hillview (homestead)))
  • Kerrabee Park (27°32′40″S 151°45′19″E / 27.5445°S 151.7552°E / -27.5445; 151.7552 (Kerrabee Park (homestead)))
  • Lange (27°33′17″S 151°43′53″E / 27.5546°S 151.7315°E / -27.5546; 151.7315 (Lange (homestead)))
  • Martrise (27°32′06″S 151°42′06″E / 27.5349°S 151.7018°E / -27.5349; 151.7018 (Martrise (homestead)))
  • Mayfield (27°32′41″S 151°45′33″E / 27.5448°S 151.7591°E / -27.5448; 151.7591 (Mayfield (homestead)))
  • Parklands (27°33′57″S 151°44′31″E / 27.5659°S 151.7419°E / -27.5659; 151.7419 (Parklands (homestead)))
  • Rayhill (27°35′11″S 151°42′41″E / 27.5865°S 151.7114°E / -27.5865; 151.7114 (Rayhill (homestead)))
  • Roxanna (27°33′05″S 151°45′04″E / 27.5513°S 151.7511°E / -27.5513; 151.7511 (Roxanna (homestead)))
  • Silver Springs (27°35′24″S 151°43′45″E / 27.5899°S 151.7291°E / -27.5899; 151.7291 (Silver Springs (homestead)))
  • The Towers (27°30′52″S 151°43′20″E / 27.5145°S 151.7221°E / -27.5145; 151.7221 (The Towers (homestead)))
  • Wallaby Hill (27°36′04″S 151°43′56″E / 27.6012°S 151.7323°E / -27.6012; 151.7323 (Wallaby Hill (homestead)))
  • Windemere (27°33′02″S 151°45′00″E / 27.5506°S 151.7501°E / -27.5506; 151.7501 (Windemere (homestead)))
  • Ziebel (27°31′13″S 151°43′58″E / 27.5203°S 151.7328°E / -27.5203; 151.7328 (Ziebel (homestead)))

Education

Biddeston State School
Biddeston State School, 2014

Biddeston State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 2425 Cecil Plains Road (27°33′15″S 151°41′50″E / 27.5541°S 151.6973°E / -27.5541; 151.6973 (Biddeston State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 61 students with 5 teachers (4 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 70 students with 6 teachers (4 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary schools in Biddeston. The nearest government secondary school is Oakey State High School in neighbouring Oakey to the north.

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