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Witta
Queensland
Population 1,230 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4552
Location
  • 39 km (24 mi) SW of Nambour
  • 101 km (63 mi) N of Brisbane
LGA(s) Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s) Glass House
Federal Division(s) Fisher
Suburbs around Witta:
Obi Obi Obi Obi Montville
Curramore Witta North Maleny
Elaman Creek Reesville Maleny

Witta is a town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Witta had a population of 1,230 people.

History

Queensland State Archives 2390 C M Nothlings vineyard and shingle roof cottage at Teutoberg Blackall Range c 1899
C M Nothlings vineyard and shingle roof cottage at Teutoberg, circa 1899
Queensland State Archives 351 Looking from Witta Road towards Conondale c 1931
Looking from Witta Road towards Conondale, circa 1931

Witta was first settled around 1887 by German immigrant families. They called it Teutoberg (also spelled Teutoburg), possibly referring to the Teutoburg Forest area in Germany. The town was renamed in 1916 during World War 1 due to anti-German sentiment. The name Witta is a corruption of the word ''wetya'' meaning dingo in the Kabi language.

Maleny Provisional School opened on 1 October 1892 with the first enrolments on 3 October 1892. It was renamed Teutoberg Provisional School in 1893. It became Teutoberg State School in 1909. It became Witta State School in 1926. The school closed on 23 August 1974.

A reserve for a School of Arts was gazetted in 1907. The School of Arts was opened on 7 October 1908 by Harry Frederick Walker, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Wide Bay.

Geography

Witta is located within the Blackall Ranges. The lower land is mostly cleared for residential and farming purposes. The higher land is largely undeveloped natural bushland.

Amenities

Witta Cemetery gates, 2006
Witta Cemetery gates, 2006
Witta Cemetery, 2006
Witta Cemetery, 2006

There is a small cemetery on Witta Road (26°42′22″S 152°49′36″E / 26.7062°S 152.8268°E / -26.7062; 152.8268 (Witta Cemetery)).

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