Gumlu is a small farming community about 30km South East of Home Hill and roughly 70km North West of Bowen, its lies on the Bruce Highway in North Queensland about half way inbetween Bowen and Ayr.
Gumlu has around 100 people living in and in the surrounding areas from what I can tell.
Of all the Mining Towns in Queensland I have written and researched so far, Gumlu would have to be the hardest one to find out anything about, an upgrade may have to wait until I get up there next time, so in saying that, the below is account of bit n pieces of Gumlu History which in doing a bit of research seems to be aligned with Home Hill History more than any other area.
Also of note, Gumlu might’ve been home to a few miners over the years and currently there is alot going on in the Mount Carlton Gold, Silver and Copper mine too, so the house prices have risen due to Gumlu being about 50km from the mine, the workers either live on site or travel from Bowen and Townsville, but in the mining industry there is a lot of subsidiary industries involved, so you never know, Gumlu’s population may swell and the town may grow very soon and the history of this town will change.
There is also a lot of farming in and around Gumlu too, Mangos, Capsicums, Melons and more, an enormous amount of produce comes from this area and makes its way into our meals and into our houses and is also supplied worldwide too.
Gumlu was a Railway station name used from 15 January 1912 and replaced the name Molongle Creek.
The Gumlu town name has probably been a derivative of Gunyaloo which is an Aboriginal word with no language or dialect recorded as the origin that has a meaning of indicating rock wallaby.
The school at Gumlu was opened as the Provisional School Molongle Creek on October 13 1913 and after that became a Queensland State School in 1916.
The name of the school was changed to Gumlu State School in 1920.
The first school consisted of two railway construction huts connected that combined measured 24 feet by 20 feet.
This building was boarded up to the height of four feet with tent fly covering and over that was an iron roof supported by timber posts.
A new school was built in 1916, by the late Jack Withnall.
The annual Gumlu Capsicum Festival is celebrated in the town in June, the town has a school and a caravan park.