Applethorpe, Queensland

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An apple orchard in Applethorpe, Queensland, Australia.
Applethorpe is located in Queensland
Coordinates 28°37′0″S 151°58′0″E / 28.61667°S 151.96667°E / -28.61667; 151.96667Coordinates: 28°37′0″S 151°58′0″E / 28.61667°S 151.96667°E / -28.61667; 151.96667
Population 748 (2006)[1]
LGA(s) Southern Downs Region

Applethorpe is a town in the Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] Applethorpe is well known for the production of apples.[3]


The area was originally called Roessler after an early German settler, but the name was changed to Applethorpe (reflecting the apple orchards in the district) in 1915, as part of the anti-German sentiment during World War 1.[2][4][5]

Applethorpe State School opened on 14 September 1911.[6]

Applethorpe Post Office opened around 1919 (a receiving office had been open since 1916) and closed in 1991.[7]


The town is positioned on the New England Highway just north of Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt region at an elevation of 872 m. There is a railway station on the Southern railway line at Applethorpe. It was part of the former local government area of the Shire of Stanthorpe.


During a cold snap in 2007, the town recorded a minimum temperature of −7.7 °C.[8] In July 2010, Applethorpe recorded a minimum of 13.6 °C which was the highest minimum on record ever for that month.[9]


In 2006, Applethorpe had a population of 748; of which, 20% worked in the farming or produce industries.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Amiens, Thulimbah, Applethorpe District". Queensland Places. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Applethorpe (entry 697)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Applethorpe, Queensland. About Australia.
  4. ^ "Change of Name.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 11 September 1916. p. 11. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "NOMENCLATURE OF QUEENSLAND.—11.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 11 October 1935. p. 12. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  6. ^ ""A"". Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Temperatures hit new low". The Courier Mail (News Queensland). 19 July 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rainy send-off for July". The Warwick Newspaper. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 

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