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Westbrook
Queensland
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Main Street, Westbrook, looking toward Mount Rascal
Population: 3287
Postcode: 4350
Location:
LGA: Toowoomba Region
State District: Condamine
Federal Division: Groom
Suburbs around Westbrook:
Biddeston Wellcamp Glenvale
Biddeston Westbrook Drayton
Athol Wyreema Finnie

Westbrook is a town and locality in Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, the town recorded a population of 3,287.

Geography

The Gore Highway passes through Westbrook.

History

StateLibQld 1 170663 Open carriage outside the Westbrook Station homestead, ca. 1877
Open carriage outside the Westbrook Station homestead, circa 1877

The name Westbrook comes from the name of the pastoral run used first by John Campbell, a pastoralist and merchant, in 1841.

Bunker's Hill State School opened on 1 January 1899 under head teacher Walter Richmond.

Westbrook Reformatory School for Boys opened on 5 May 1900, having been relocated from Lytton Hill on the orders of Colonel George Arthur French, Commandant of the newly created Queensland Defence Force. On 30 October 1919, it was renamed Farm Home for Boys, Westbrook to have a "positive 'moral effect' on the boys". On 26 May 1966 it was renamed Westbrook Training Centre. Around 1987 Westbrook it was renamed Westbrook Youth Detention Centre. It closed on 30 June 1994.

StateLibQld 1 121924 Westbrook State School, Queensland in 1930
Westbrook State School, 1930

Westbrook Crossing State School opened on 9 February 1910, but changed its name to Westbrook State School in April 1910. It closed on 6 July 1969.

Westbrook War Memorial, Anzac Day 1922
Westbrook War Memorial, Anzac Day 1922

On 25 April (Anzac Day) 1922, the Westbrook War Memorial was unveiled by Littleton Groom, the then Attorney-General for Australia and Member for the Darling Downs. The memorial commemorates the service of 47 local men in World War I and is located at Main Street in front of the Westbrook Hall (27°36′33″N 151°52′01″E / 27.609195°N 151.866870°E / 27.609195; 151.866870 (Westbrook War Memorial)).

The town has grown to become a satellite suburb of Toowoomba and is now one of the fastest growing areas of the city, and is home to many of its workers.

Heritage listings

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

  • Coupers Road: Westbrook Homestead
  • 114 Toowoomba Road: Westbrook War Memorial

Facilities

Library services in Westbrook are provided by the Toowoomba Regional Council's mobile library service. The van visits Main Street every Saturday.


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