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Boonah, Queensland
Dugandan Hotel, Boonah, Queensland.jpg
Dugandan Hotel, 2018
Dugandan is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 593 (2016 census)
 • Density 40.90/km2 (105.9/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4310
Area 14.5 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Scenic Rim Region
State electorate(s) Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s) Wright
Suburbs around Dugandan:
Mount French Boonah Allandale
Frenches Creek Dugandan Milford
Bunjurgen Wallaces Creek Bunburra

Dugandan (pronounced Doog-an-dan) is a rural town and locality in the Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Dugandan had a population of 593 people.


StateLibQld 2 237081 Town of Dugandan in the Fassifern district in Southern Queensland, ca. 1907
Town of Dugandan, circa 1907

The name Dugandan is believed to be an Aboriginal word dugai/tugai meaning mountain spur place. Originally the name was used for a large pastoral run established in 1884, covering a much larger area than the current locality from Boonah to Mount Joyce. As a result, the name Dugandan was used for the present day town of Boonah until the 1880s when it acquired its present name.

The Dugandan Provisional School which opened in 1878 was located in (present day) Boonah. This school was renamed Boonah State School in 1895. Dugandan State School opened in (present day) Dugandan on 13 January 1917. It closed in 1966.

By 1887 a sawmill was already established in Dugandan under the combined partnership of Josias Hancock and James Cossart. Cossart's Mill became one of the major employers in the region and contributed significantly to the prosperity of Boonah and Dugandan into the twentieth century.

Dugandan Post Office opened on 11 September 1887 (a receiving office had been open from 1881) and closed in 1929.

Dugandan Trinity Lutheran Church, 2007
Dugandan Trinity Lutheran Church, 2007

The Trinity Lutheran church opened on 23 April 1889.

Heritage listings

Dugandan has the following heritage sites:

  • 124 Boonah-Rathdowney Road: Dugandan Hotel
  • 237 Boonah-Rathdowney Road: Trinity Lutheran Church and Cemetery


There are no schools in Dugandan. The nearest government primary schools are Boonah State School in neighbouring Boonah to the north and Mount Alford State School in Mount Alford to the south-west. The nearest government secondary school is Boonah State High School in Boonah.

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