Oakey, a rural town, is 140 km west of Brisbane and 29 km past Toowoomba. It is situated on Oakey Creek in an area that was the western part of the Westbrook pastoral station (1841), and was named after oaks lining the nearby creek.

In 1868 the Western Railway was extended from Toowoomba to Dalby through Oakey Creek, and the following year the Oakey Creek post office opened, renamed Oakey in 1878. A school opened in 1874.


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