Lowood, Queensland

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Lowood
Queensland
Lowood Post Office.JPG
Post office
Lowood is located in Queensland
Lowood
Lowood
Coordinates27°28′0″S 152°35′0″E / 27.46667°S 152.58333°E / -27.46667; 152.58333Coordinates: 27°28′0″S 152°35′0″E / 27.46667°S 152.58333°E / -27.46667; 152.58333
Population1,010[1]
Postcode(s)4311
Location
LGA(s)Somerset Region
State electorate(s)Ipswich West
Federal Division(s)Blair
Localities around Lowood:
ClarendonPatrick EstateWivenhoe Pocket
Rifle RangeLowoodVernor
TarampaTarampaGlamorgan Vale
 
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Lowood
Queensland
Lowood Post Office.JPG
Post office
Lowood is located in Queensland
Lowood
Lowood
Coordinates27°28′0″S 152°35′0″E / 27.46667°S 152.58333°E / -27.46667; 152.58333Coordinates: 27°28′0″S 152°35′0″E / 27.46667°S 152.58333°E / -27.46667; 152.58333
Population1,010[1]
Postcode(s)4311
Location
LGA(s)Somerset Region
State electorate(s)Ipswich West
Federal Division(s)Blair
Localities around Lowood:
ClarendonPatrick EstateWivenhoe Pocket
Rifle RangeLowoodVernor
TarampaTarampaGlamorgan Vale

Lowood is a town in south-east Queensland, Australia. The town is on the Brisbane River, 66 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane and 31 kilometres (19 mi) north of Ipswich. Situated in the Somerset Region Local government area, at the 2006 census, Lowood had a population of 1,010.[1]

Lowood was established as the first terminus of the Brisbane Valley branch railway in 1884 and the town grew from the subdivision around the new station. The name is derived from the "low woods" of brigalow in the Lowood area, as opposed to the taller trees elsewhere in the Brisbane Valley. Lowood Post Office opened on 15 October 1888 (a receiving office had been open from 1884).[2]

Intact but abandoned Lowood railway station; the railway line and grassed area are now the Jean Bray Carpark.

Due to its proximity to Brisbane and Ipswich, Lowood is becoming an area for hobby farmers and residential commuters. Nearby Lake Wivenhoe is a popular place for activities such as boating and fishing.

Airfield[edit]

During World War II, an airfield called Lowood, which was actually located at Mount Tarampa, was the site of a military airfield operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. No. 71 Squadron operated from the airfield during 1943, conducting coastal patrol and naval convoy escort missions. After the war the airfield was converted into a motor racing circuit with the same name and ran for 20 years, the highlight hosting the 1960 Australian Grand Prix.[3] The airfield no longer exists but a small memorial marks its previous location.[4]

Transport[edit]

At present times there is no longer any rail-transport to Lowood. The main rail link is to Ipswich and from there a bus service from Queensland Rail (QR). There are two services in the morning and return services in the late afternoon. Time tables are available from QR.

Heritage listings[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lowood (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Australian Grand Prix - The 50-race history, 1986, pages 256 to 266
  4. ^ Oz at war - Amateur historian site -Retrieved 2 November 2006.
  5. ^ a b "Dental Surgery (entry 15271)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 

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