Wamuran, a rural township and locality, is 50 km north-west of Brisbane. It is the centre of a fruit-growing district, lying below Mount Mee in the D'Aguilar Range. The name came from one of the Aborigines of the district, Menvil Wanmaurn. He is recorded as being an Aboriginal leader and as an employee of an early settler who named his banana plantation 'Wamuran'. The district was named Wamuran after the railway opened in 1909.

Timber cutters and selectors settled at Wamuran in the 1880s, and in the early 1900s new selectors moved into the dense scrub that covered Wamuran Basin and the foothills of Mount Mee. Many planted bananas, and the opening of the railway line through Wamuran gave improved access to the Brisbane markets. There were a progress association, a school (1896), the Albert Hall and a church (1921). Pugh's Queensland directory (1925) recorded three storekeepers and a sawmill. Additional farm subdivisions in the 1920s led to the formation of local fruitgrowers' co-operative in 1926.

Wamuran maintained a steady population level until the 1980s when new housing began to be built. The railway line - originally from Caboolture to Kilcoy - was cut back to a terminus at Wamuran in 1964 and finally closed in 1996. It was last used for carrying livestock and fruit. There are a local shopping centre, a public hall, a fruit growers association and a primary school. A new housing area is east of the town. Wamuran's census populations have been:

Census DatePopulation

Stan Tutt, From spear and musket 1989 - 1979: Caboolture Centenary, Caboolture, Caboolture Shire Council, 1979

Wamuran 75th Celebration 1921-1996, Wamuran, Wamuran State School, 1996


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