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Former Dugandan railway line, 2009
Harrisville is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 613 (2016 census locality)
 • Density 19.28/km2 (49.9/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4307
Area 31.8 km2 (12.3 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Scenic Rim Region
State electorate(s) Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s) Wright
Localities around Harrisville:
Coleyville Mutdapilly Peak Crossing
Warrill View Harrisville Limestone Ridges
Warrill View Wilsons Plains Milora

Harrisville is a rural town and locality in the Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, the locality of Harrisville had a population of 613 people.


The town is believed to be named after brothers John Harris (1819–1895) and George Harris (1831–1891) who had a store and cotton ginnery in the area. Cotton was a valuable crop at that time as the American Civil War had created a worldwide shortage.

The area formed part of the old Mount Flinders sheep station established by William Wilson (and his brother Robert) around 1844, soon after the Moreton Bay penal colony closed. Some of the land from this station became available to selectors in December 1860 with provision of the Ipswich Agricultural Reserve. In 1863 Robert Dunn selected a portion from this Reserve, from which the Harris brothers purchased their land in 1870.

Prior to this settlement and others throughout the Moreton region, a survey baseline of 3 miles (4.8 km) in 1839 was marked out on the floodplain, then known as Normanby Plains, which now forms part of Harrisville, together with Wilsons Plains and Radford to the south. It was supervised by the surveyor Robert Dixon as the basis of a trigonometrical survey starting with Flinders Peak to the east and Mount Walker (then Mount Forbes) to the west, which began the accurate interior mapping of Queensland. A monument to this work "In the Steps of Our Forefathers" is situated just west of the Harrisville township on the Warrill View – Peak Crossing Road, along where the baseline passed.

Harrisville Post Office opened on 1 August 1873 (a receiving office had been open from 1871).

Queensland's first branch railway line reached Harrisville in 1882. A private hospital operated from 1911 until 1973.

Heritage listings

Harrisville has the following heritage sites:

  • 13 Church Street: Courthouse and Police Lock-up
  • 5 Hall Street: School of Arts
  • 16 Hall Street: Masonic Hall
  • 34 Queen Street: Commercial Hotel
  • 35 Queen Street: Former Royal Bank
  • 43-47 Queen Street: Memorial Park
  • 54-58 Queen Street: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • 1-5 Wholey Drive: Royal Hotel


The Harrisville Historical Society maintains a museum in Queen Street which includes a rain-gun used during the 1902 drought.

The centenary of Harrisville was celebrated in 1963 with a street parade and centenary ball organised by the Harrisville Centenary Celebrations Committee. In 2013 Harrisville commemorated 150 years with a street procession and unveiling of a plaque by the Governor of Queensland.


Harrisville has a population of 613 at the 2016 census. The locality contains 241 households, in which 48.8% of the population are males and 51.2% of the population are females with a median age of 39, 1 year above the national average. The average weekly household income is $1,298, $140 below the national average.

4.5% of Harrisville's population is either of Aborigional or Torres Strait Islander descent. 64.8% of the population aged 15 or over is either registered or de facto married, while 35.2% of the population is not married. 30.3% of the population is currently attending some form of a compulsory education. The most common nominated ancestries were Australian (34.3%), English (30.5%) and German (10.3%), while the most common country of birth was Australia (85.0%), and the most commonly spoken language at home was English (94.1%). The most common nominated religions were No religion (24.2%), Anglican (21.6%) and Catholic (19.0%). The most common occupation was a technician/trades worker (16.6%) and the majority/plurality of residents worked 40 or more hours per week (44.1%).


Harrisville State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 17 Hall Street (27°48′45″S 152°40′02″E / 27.8126°S 152.6673°E / -27.8126; 152.6673 (Harrisville State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 91 students with 10 teachers (6 full-time equivalent) and 15 non-teaching staff (6 full-time equivalent).

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