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Doomadgee, Queensland


Doomadgee Aboriginal Mission, originally known as Dumaji, was established on Bayley Point (16°55′00″S 139°02′00″E / 16.9167°S 139.0333°E / -16.9167; 139.0333 (Bayley Point))[4] on the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1933. In 1936, after being destroyed by a cyclone,[5] the community was relocated to Nicholson River.

Doomadgee Mission School was established in 1933. It became Doomadgee Community School in 1970. In 1975 it came under the control of the Queensland Government's Education Department becoming Doomadgee State School.[6]

Doomadgee Post Office opened on 2 January 1969.[7]

In 1985 the population of Doomadgee was approximately 800.

As at 2006 the Queensland government, under its commitment to remote locations, has increased its services to Doomadgee. As of July 2006, eight of 25 Queensland government departments are represented in Doomadgee:

  • Queensland Police Service (nine-officer station)
  • Queensland Corrective Services (two probation and parole officers)
  • Queensland Ambulance Service (one ambulance officer, two paramedics)
  • Department of Education and the Arts
  • Department of Employment and Training
  • Queensland Health (Hospital, Emergency Department and Community Health Services)
  • TAFE Queensland
  • Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy

Queensland Corrective Services is the latest addition to the Queensland government family in Doomadgee with the permanent appointment of two probation and parole officers. One of them is responsible for offenders' compliance with their orders and prosecuting those who contravene their orders. The other officer is responsible for delivering departmental programs to address the criminogenic needs of offenders and as ordered by the courts.

From January 2007, the Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council in the area was given full shire status.

At the 2011 census, Doomadgee had a population of 1,258.[8]


Doomadgee State School is a government primary and secondary (Early Childhood-10) school for boys and girls at Goodeedawa Road (17°56′31″S 138°49′40″E / 17.9420°S 138.8277°E / -17.9420; 138.8277 (Doomadgee State School)).[9][10] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 325 students with 35 teachers and 10 non-teaching staff (7 full-time equivalent).[11] It includes a (Prep-10) special education program.[9]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Doomadgee (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Doomadgee - town in Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire (entry 10347)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Doomadgee - locality in Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire (entry 45901)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Bayley Point - point in the Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire (entry 1912)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. ^ "ALSO DAMAGED BY CYCLONE". The Telegraph. Queensland, Australia. 27 March 1936. p. 3 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 5 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  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. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Doomadgee (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 November 2012.  
  9. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Doomadgee State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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