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Bogantungan
Queensland
Postcode(s) 4702
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Central Highlands Region
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal Division(s) Flynn

Bogantungan is a rural town in the locality of Willows in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia.

History

As the railway headed west from Rockhampton, a number of towns sprang up at the head of line. These towns were only intended to service the work of the crews laying the rails, but some have lasted over a century. Bogantungan was one of these. It became a town of some thousands of people, with around 30 hotels. After the line moved on, so did most of the town, to form the next settlement.

Bogantungan Post Office opened on 8 July 1881 and closed in 1982.

On 26 February 1960, Bogantungan became the site of one of Queensland's worst train disasters. The Midlander passenger train, heading east to Rockhampton, passed over the flooded Medway Creek, just west of the town. The bridge collapsed when the train was partly over, with a number of carriages dropping into the water. A total of 4 passengers and 3 crew were killed, with 43 injured.

Education

There are no schools in Bogantungan. The nearest primary schools are in Lochington (48.5 kilometres (30.1 mi) south by minor roads), Anakie (55.5 kilometres (34.5 mi) east on the Capricorn Highway) or Alpha (71.5 kilometres (44.4 mi) west on the Capricorn Highway). The nearest secondary school is in Alpha (to Year 10 only). The nearest secondary school offering education to Year 12 is Emerald State High School in Emerald (98.3 kilometres (61.1 mi) east on the Capricorn Highway). Other secondary alternatives are distance education and boarding schools.

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