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Munruben

Munruben

Munruben is a locality in Logan City, Queensland, Australia. Once a rural community, it has been developed into a low density residential community. At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 2,871.

Geography

The Mount Lindesay Highway (formerly the New England Highway) passes through the suburb. The area known as Jerry's Downfall is notorious for bogging and flooding.

History

The name Munruben comes from a property called Mun Rubens owned by grazier William Norris and is believed to be derived from the Bundjalung language for a local lagoon. The locality was officially named in 1991 (when it was in the Shire of Beaudesert).

Formerly in the Shire of Beaudesert, Munruben became part of Logan City following the local government amalgamations in March 2008.

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Munruben recorded a population of 2,809 people, 48% female and 52% male.

The median age of the Munruben population was 38 years, 1 year above the national median of 37.

77.6% of people living in Munruben were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 5.8%, New Zealand 5%, Germany 1%, Scotland 0.7%, South Africa 0.7%.

91.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.8% German, 0.7% Hmong, 0.5% Hindi, 0.5% Serbian, 0.4% Vietnamese.

Education

Jerry's Downfall Reserve is located in the north-east of Munruben. The name commemorates an early teamster who had an accident there. The name Jerry's Downfall has been in use since at least 1866. It has been suggested that he was a Kanaka from Robert Towns' cotton plantation at Townvale, who capsized a bullock dray of cotton while crossing Chambers Creek. It has also been suggested that the incident is connected to the Keaveny family. The Beaudesert Historical Society have erected a plaque at the reserve.

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