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Cecil Plains
Queensland
Cecil Plains is located in Queensland
Cecil Plains
Cecil Plains
Coordinates 27°31′54″S 151°11′35″E / 27.5316°S 151.1930°E / -27.5316; 151.1930 (Cecil Plains (town centre))
Population 429 (2016 census)
 • Density 1.1844/km2 (3.068/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4407
Area 362.2 km2 (139.8 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Toowoomba Region
State electorate(s)
  • Condamine
  • Southern Downs
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Cecil Plains:
Grassdale Springvale St Ruth
Tipton
Halliford Cecil Plains Nangwee
Dunmore
Kurrowah
Condamine Plains Brachview

Cecil Plains is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Cecil Plains had a population of 429 people.

History

European settlement in the area began in 1842, when Henry Stuart Russell claimed land around the Condamine River to establish Cecil Plains station. The site of the station homestead was to become the site of the town. Ludwig Leichhardt used the homestead as a base for two expeditions into the surrounding region in 1844 and 1847. The station originally grazed cattle but later moved to wool production.

In 1916, Cecil Plains station was acquired by the Queensland government and subdivided for closer settlement, with some parcels reserved for soldier settlers. The new settlers produced mainly wheat and dairy. The railway arrived in 1919, followed by a post office in 1921 (a receiving office had been open from 1890) and a police station in 1934. The local pub is called the Victory Hotel, as a result of a successful vote in 1938 (on the third attempt) to establish a drinking establishment in the town. From the 1960s cotton became the main crop grown in the area.

Recreation

Cecil Plains is host to a number of recreational facilities, including the Cecil Plains Golf Club, Apex Park at the Cecil Plains Weir, and the Cecil Plains Library.

The Cecil Plains Library is operated by the Toowoomba Regional Council. The library is located on Taylor Street and is open three days a week.

Education

Cecil Plains State School is a government primary and secondary (Prep-9) school for boys and girls at Taylor Street (27°31′56″S 151°11′34″E / 27.5323°S 151.1928°E / -27.5323; 151.1928 (Cecil Plains State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 57 students with 13 teachers (9 full-time equivalent) and 11 non-teaching staff (7 full-time equivalent).

The nearest secondary school offering education to Year 12 is Dalby State High School.

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