El Arish was named after the town which was located on the Sinai Peninsula in Palestine and nowadays is in Egypt. During WW1 it was the site of a strategically important battle, the winning of which enabled the Allied Forces to push forward into Damascus. The streets in El Arish are all but one named after well- known leaders in the war.
Land ballots were granted for returned soldiers and the Maria Creek Soldiers' Settlement was established in 1920 with a cottage costing £260. El Arish has retained its quaint village atmosphere where you'll still find the original school, tavern and many of the original Queenslander styled homes.