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Biddeston
Toowoomba Region, Queensland
Fields at Biddeston.jpg
Fields along Oakey Biddleston Road, 2014
Population: 328
Postcode: 4401
Location:
State District: Condamine
Federal Division: Groom
Suburbs 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 2011 census, Biddeston had a population of 328 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.

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