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Dunwich shore viewed from Peel Island, ca. 1885
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Population 864 (2016 census)
 • Density 376/km2 (970/sq mi)
Established 1827
Postcode(s) 4183
Area 2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Redland City
State electorate(s) Oodgeroo
Federal Division(s) Bowman
Localities around Dunwich:
Moreton Bay Moreton Bay North Stradbroke Island
Moreton Bay Dunwich North Stradbroke Island
Moreton Bay Moreton Bay North Stradbroke Island

Dunwich, known as Goompi by the Quandamooka people, is a small town and locality on the western side of North Stradbroke Island in Queensland, Australia. Dunwich is part of the Redland City local government area, administered from the bayside town of Cleveland on the Queensland mainland. In the 2016 census, Dunwich had a population of 864 people.

Dunwich is one of three towns on North Stradbroke Island - the others being Amity Point and Point Lookout.


Originally known as Goompi and then renamed Green Point by the Colonisers, the first settlement at Dunwich was established in 1827 as pilot station and military post. It was supposed to be a good place to discharge cargo from visiting ships that traveled through the South Passage. However cargo was lost in bad weather and local aborigines were hostile so the post was disbanded in 1831. Dunwich was named after the Suffolk village of Dunwich near to the Stradbroke Estate by Sir Ralph Darling on 16 July 1827, in honour of the family title (Viscount Dunwich) of the Earl of Stradbroke, father of Captain Henry John Rous RN, commander of HMS Rainbow, which carried Governor Darling to Moreton Bay and surveyed the immediate Dunwich area.

In 1892 a leper colony was established at Dunwich; later this facility was closed and the lepers moved to the Peel Island lazaret. A quarantine station opened in 1850, although this was eventually moved to the more isolated St Helena Island in Moreton Bay. The station was converted into a nursing home for the elderly and infirmed, one of Queensland's first such facilities. The home was moved to Sandgate in 1946. The main cemetery on the island (Dunwich Cemetery) is found in this small town and contains the graves of over 10,000 people, most of which are unmarked. Other small cemeteries were established for the indigenous community and the leper colony.

Dunwich Post Office opened on 22 October 1896 (a receiving office had been open from 1885).

Some of the remaining buildings from the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum now form part of the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, located in Welsby Street, Dunwich. The Dunwich Convict Causeway also remains, although it has been expanded to accommodate modern ships.

Heritage listings

Dunwich has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Vehicular ferries which cross Moreton Bay link the mainland with North Stradbroke Island dock at Dunwich. Mining companies have also extensive barge docking and loading facilities at Dunwich.


In the 2011 census, Dunwich recorded a population of 883 people, 48.1% female and 51.9% male.

The median age of the Dunwich population was 39 years, 2 years above the national median of 37.

86.2% of people living in Dunwich were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 3.8%, England 2.4%, India 0.7%, France 0.6%, Germany 0.6%.

90.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.6% Indonesian, 0.5% Other Australian Indigenous Languages, nec, 0.5% German, 0.5% Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole).


Dunwich State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Bingle Road (27°29′46″S 153°24′15″E / 27.4960°S 153.4041°E / -27.4960; 153.4041 (Dunwich State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 172 students with 14 teachers (11 full-time equivalent) and 14 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent). The school includes a special education program.

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