Glenella, an outer north-west suburb of Mackay, is situated on the Bruce Highway six km from the city centre.

A primary school was opened in 1912.

When the population was less than 100 in 1924 the post office directory recorded the George Hotel, a store, a two-teacher school and a post office in Glenella. The situation was little different in the postwar years, but in the 1970s, as neighbouring Mt Pleasant was urbanised, some scattered housing appeared in Glenella. By 1980 the population touched 1000, doubling in the ensuing decade.


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