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Butchers Creek is on the eastern edge of the Atherton Tableland. It is one of the few parts of the tableland that drains eastward, its creeks being tributaries of the Mulgrave River.[2] The area receives high rainfall and the traditional land use has been for dairying and beef fattening.[3]


Butchers Creek is said to take its name from a massacre of the Ngajanji people at a bora ring in the area in the 1880s.[4]

In the early 20th century, a group of Russian emigrants established dairy farms in the area, giving it the nickname "Little Siberia".[5]

Butchers Creek Provisional School opened on 8 October 1913 with 11 students studying under teacher John Tait. It became Butchers Creek State School in 1918.[6] The school celebrated its centenary in 2013.[7]


Butchers Creek State School is a co-educational primary (P-6) school operated by the Queensland Government at the corner of Topaz and Gadaloff Roads. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 27 students with 2 teachers and 4 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).[3] Butchers Creek State School opened its doors on 6 October 1913.[8]

Notable residentsEdit

Alexander Prokhorov, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964, was born in Butchers Creek (then part of Peeramon) and attended Butchers Creek State School.[7]


  1. ^ "Butchers Creek - locality in Tablelands Region (entry 48552)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Butchers Creek State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ Pannell, Sandra N. (Sandra Norma); Johnson, Emma; Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management (2006), Yamani country : a spatial history of the Atherton Tableland, North Queensland, Rainforest CRC, pp. 11–12, ISBN 978-0-86443-754-9
  5. ^ "Local Heritage Places" (PDF). Mareeba Shire Council. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ a b Daley, Brigitte (10 November 2013). "Butchers Creek celebrates century". North Queensland Register. Archived from the original on 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.