Applethorpe, Queensland

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The Applethorpe Memorial Park
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 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4378
LGA(s) Southern Downs Region
State electorate(s) Southern Downs
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Applethorpe:
Cannon Creek The Summit Glen Niven
Cannon Creek Applethorpe New South Wales
Broadwater Stanthorpe Dalcouth

Applethorpe is a town in the Southern Downs Region of 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 I.[2][4][5]

In 1910, the establishment of the Four Mile Stanthorpe School was given and the school was opened on 14 September 1911. However, from November 1911 to November 1916, it was called Roesseller State School. However, like the town itself, the school name was changed to Applethorpe State School due to the anti-German sentiment during World War 1.[6][7]

Applethorpe Post Office opened around 1919 (a receiving office had been open since 1916) and closed in 1991.[8]


The town is positioned on the New England Highway just north of Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt region at an elevation of 872 meters (2,861 ft).[3][9][10]


Coolest school in Queensland sign, Applethorpe State School, 2015

During a cold snap in 2007, the town recorded a minimum temperature of −7.7 °C.[9] In July 2010, Applethorpe recorded a minimum of 13.6 °C which was the highest minimum on record ever for that month.[11]



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


The Applethorpe Memorial Park on Ann Street commemorates those who served in defence of Australia.[12]


  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. ^ a b Applethorpe, Queensland. About Australia.
  4. ^ "Change of Name.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 11 September 1916. p. 11. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "NOMENCLATURE OF QUEENSLAND.—11.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: 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. ^ "Agency ID11000, Applethorpe State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Temperatures hit new low". The Courier Mail. News Queensland. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Climate statistics for Applethorpe, Australia". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rainy send-off for July". The Warwick Newspaper. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Applethorpe Memorial Park". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 

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