Undercliffe Falls                                                                                           

The falls gained their name from Undercliffe run, named after the home town on Mr Speering on the Isle of Wight.

Underwood                                                                                                    

The William Underwood after whom the area is named owned land there from the 1870s and also owned an hotel at Eight Mile Plains.    

Urangan                                                                                                          

In the Kabi Kabi language this word referred to small white shells.  Another interpretation is that it referred to the dugong (yuangan). 

Valdora

The area formerly of the old Yandina Cattle Run and opened up for closer settlement 1868 was at one time known as Golden Valley.

Verrierdale

Named after David G. Verrier, an early settler.

Victoria Point                                                                                                

Named after Queen Victoria. See Queensland.

Virginia                                                                                                       

The suburb of Virginia was named after Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. This state seceded from the United States, 17 April, 1861, and became part of the southern confederacy. Robert E. Lee, the prominent leader of the Confederate forces in the Civil War which raged from 1861 to 1865 was from Virginia.  

Wacol                                                                                                            

Wacol is a composite word made up from the words weigh and coal. Coal used to be weighed there on the Ipswich railway line. It was named by the Railway Department in 1927.  

Wairuna

The homestead of this name was taken up by H. Stone and D. McAusland, 27 November, 1879.

Wakerley                                                                                                   

When this name was officially proclaimed in 1975 it kept alive the name of an early settler, J.W.Wakerley, who owned land there in the 1880s.    

Wallangarra                                                                                                    

It seems that the name comes from the Aboriginal wallan meaning water and guran meaning long. The reference then was to a lagoon. Prior to that name being used it was referred to as The Dog Trap because a stone trap for catching dingoes that had been built there. 

Walloon

The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines web site (http://www.nrm.qld.gov.au/property/placenames) suggests that the name might have been chosen after that part of Belgium that is French-speaking. 

Wamuran                                                                                               

Travelers north on the old northern road after leaving the Caboolture River at what is now called Upper Caboolture had as their next stop a store operated by Joseph Bell at Wararba. When a banana plantation was established there and the railway like went through it gained the name of Wamuran after a local Aboriginal leader known by the whites also as Jackie Delaney. Delaney´┐Żs Creek is a nearby district to this day.  

Wandoan

Juandah station was established in the wake of Leichhardt's exploration of the area in 1844.  When the railway line was put through (1914)  the township was still known as Juandah, but this could be confused with another place, Jundah, so it was changed to Wandoan in 1927.

Wappa Falls

Of Gubbi Gubbi origin, wappa means slow or gentle.

Waraba

Waraba was the local Aboriginal term for a bora ring and for the ceremonies conducted there.

Warra                                                                                                         

The Queensland Railways says that the Aboriginal name is Warra Warra and refers to an Aboriginal woman carrying a bundle.  

Warrill Creek                                                                                              

The Aboriginal name for the creek has been retained. The word simply means water. Warrill View is derived from the name of the creek. In its Aboriginal origins the name meant the junction of two creeks.  

Warwick

It is commonly assumed that the town of Warwick on the Darling Downs was named after the city of Warwick in England, but in reality it was named after a character in a novel. Warwick the Kingmaker in Lord Lytton's The Last of the Barons, published 1843,  fought against the tide of social change which saw the English barons losing their power, and he held a particular significance for Patrick and George Leslie when their squatter's 'principality' was being broken up and they were required to suggest a name for the village being planned on part of their old Canning Downs station. 

 

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