Duaringa and Duaringa Shire

Duaringa, a rural town on the Capricorn Highway, is 90 km south-west of Rockhampton. The origin of the name is obscure, possibly from an Aboriginal expression or based on the name of an early resident, Inga Anderson.

In 1867 an inland railway from Rockhampton to Westwood was opened, and nine years later it was extended to Boollburra, a few kilometres east of the site which from that time was named Duaringa. By 1879 the railway had gone on to Emerald, crossing what became Duaringa Shire.

Further Reading: 

D. Turner, ed, Duaringa Shire, 100 years of local government 1881-1981, Duaringa, Duaringa Shire Council, 1990

J.D. Mullaly, Duaringa Shire handbook, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, 1972

Blackwater, Bluff and Woorabinda entries

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