Allenstown, Queensland

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Allenstown is located in Queensland
Coordinates 23°23′20″S 150°30′10″E / 23.38889°S 150.50278°E / -23.38889; 150.50278Coordinates: 23°23′20″S 150°30′10″E / 23.38889°S 150.50278°E / -23.38889; 150.50278
Population 2,911 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4700
LGA(s) Rockhampton Region
State electorate(s) Rockhampton and Keppel
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Suburbs around Allenstown:
The Range Rockhampton City Rockhampton City
The Range Allenstown Depot Hill
Fairy Bower Fairy Bower Port Curtis

Allenstown is a suburb of Rockhampton, Rockhampton Region, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is situated about three kilometres south-west of the central business district of Rockhampton. In the 2011 census, Allenstown had a population of 2,911 people.[1]


The main business precinct of Allenstown is anchored by local shopping centre Allenstown Square, which was previously known as Allenstown Plaza before undergoing a major refurbishment and extension which was completed in 2012. Just across the road, there's the Rockhampton's only 'Dan Murphy's store. The suburb is also serviced by two primary schools, Allenstown State School [3] and St Peter's School.[4]


The suburb is named after William Allen, builder, around 1862.[2]

At the 2006 census, Allenstown had a population of 2,721.[5]

Heritage listings[edit]

Allenstown has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Allenstown State School opened on 16 July 1887.[9] The school celebrated its centenary in 1977.[10]

Big Bulls[edit]

Allenstown is home to three of the seven Big Bulls statues that decorate Rockhampton, which regards itself as the Beef Capital of Australia.[11] The three bull statues are located along the Bruce Highway (also known as Gladstone Road) and depict three important cattle varieties raised in the area: Santa Gertrudis, Romagnola, and Braford.[12] The Big Bulls are listed as one of Australia's big things.[13]

The theft of the testicles from the bulls is a common prank and they frequently have to be replaced. Some residents also feel that the bull statues over-emphasise one aspect of the city and should be relocated to less prominent locations. However, there is strong public support for the retention of the bulls.[14]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Allenstown". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 November 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Allenstown (entry 46415)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Allenstown State School". Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ "St Peter's Catholic Primary School". Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Allenstown (Rockhampton City) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 February 2008.
  6. ^ "St Marks Church (entry 602031)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  7. ^ "South Rockhampton Cemetery (entry 601131)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  8. ^ "St Josephs Cathedral (entry 600822)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Opening and closing date of school in Queensland". Education Queensland. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  10. ^ Allenstown State School (1977), Allenstown State School centenary booklet, 1877-1977, City Printing Works, retrieved 3 February 2018
  11. ^ Robinson, Paul; Farrow-Smith, Elloise; Saunders, Miranda (17 April 2014). "An ownership row has erupted over who holds Australia's Beef Capital title". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Where's the Beef?". Rockhampton Art Gallery. Archived from the original on 2017-08-05. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  13. ^ Clark, David (2004). Big Things: Australia's Amazing Roadside Attractions. Penguin Books. pp. 10–13. ISBN 0-14-300200-7.
  14. ^ Whop, Marlina (20 November 2013). "Tourism group rears up over Rockhampton bull statues". ABC News. Archived from the original on 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.

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