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Walloon
IpswichQueensland
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Elm Street, Walloon, 2015
Population: 1548
Postcode: 4306
Location:
LGA: City of Ipswich
State District: Ipswich West
Federal Division: Blair
Suburbs around Walloon:
Haigslea Ironbark Pine Mountain
Haigslea Walloon Karrabin
Thagoona Thagoona Amberley

Walloon is a suburb of the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Walloon had a population of 1,548 people.

History

The origin of the suburb name is from the Romanic-speaking inhabitants of Belgium known as the Walloons.

Walloon State School opened in 1877.

The Babies of Walloon

On Saturday 21 April 1891, sisters Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick (aged 9 and 6 respectively) were drowned in a waterhole near their home in Walloon. Poet Henry Lawson wrote a poem called The Babies of Walloon based on their deaths. In 2006, a sculpture depicting the Broderick sisters playing was unveiled in the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park in Walloon. In 2015, a new headstone was erected of the children's grave in Ipswich General Cemetery.

Transport

Walloon railway station provides Queensland Rail City network services to Rosewood, Ipswich and Brisbane via Ipswich.

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