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Wongawallan
Queensland
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Wongawallan Creek
Population 1,103 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4210
Location
LGA(s) City of Gold Coast
State electorate(s) Albert
Federal Division(s) Forde
Suburbs around Wongawallan:
Cedar Creek Kingsholme Willowvale
Cedar Creek Wongawallan Upper Coomera
Tamborine Mountain Gunanaba Maudsland

Wongawallan is a rural locality in City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Wongawallan had a population of 1,103 people.

Geography

Wongawallan is mountainous terrain with most farming and residential development occurring the creek valleys. The hilltops are largely undeveloped. The main creeks are Wongawallan Creek and Tamborine Creek. Tamborine Creek joins Wongawallan creek at 27°53′59″S 153°15′00″E / 27.89972°S 153.25°E / -27.89972; 153.25 close to Welch Pioneer Park. Wongawallan Creek is a tributary of the Coomera River; their confluence is in neighbouring Maudsland.

The Tamborine-Oxenford Road is the main road to and through the locality.

History

The area was originally named Mt Goulburn after Henry Goulburn by surveyor Dixon. However, later it was renamed Wongawallan, believed to be an Aboriginal word where wonga means pigeon and walla means water. However, it has been claimed that it was named after an Aboriginal man nicknamed "Peter" who killed John Wilkinson, a settler, at Wongawallan Creek in 1876., but contemporaneous newspaper reports of the death of Wilkinson only refer to the Aboriginal man as "Peter".

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