Aratula

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Aratula
Queensland
AratulaAnglicanChurch.JPG
St Stephen's Anglican church
Aratula is located in Queensland
Aratula
Aratula
Coordinates 27°58′53″S 152°32′55″E / 27.98139°S 152.54861°E / -27.98139; 152.54861Coordinates: 27°58′53″S 152°32′55″E / 27.98139°S 152.54861°E / -27.98139; 152.54861
Population 505 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4309
Location
LGA(s) Scenic Rim Region
State electorate(s) Beaudesert
Federal Division(s) Blair

Aratula is a small town and locality in Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Aratula had a population of 505.[1]

Geography[edit]

Aratula is approximately 60 kilometres (40 mi) southwest of Ipswich, just east of Cunninghams Gap. Warrill Creek passes very close to the town.

History[edit]

The area was originally known as Carter's Gate, but the name was changed to reflect the railway station name of Aratula.[2][4]

Carter's Gate Provisional School opened on 29 May 1911. It became a State School on 9 January 1913. The name was changed in August 1913 to Aratula State School.[5][6][7]

Aratula Post Office opened around 1925 (a receiving office had been open since 1912[4]) and closed in 1987.[8]

Heritage listings[edit]

Aratula has the following heritage sites:

  • 25 Elizabeth Street: St Stephen’s Anglican Church[9]

Attractions[edit]

Local attractions include nearby Moogerah Peaks National Park, Main Range National Park, Lake Moogerah and ballooning.

Amenities[edit]

Aratula is a common rest-stop for travellers coming eastward across the Great Dividing Range. There is a caravan park and a hotel just off the highway.

Churches[edit]

St Pauls Lutheran Church, 2005
St Pauls Lutheran Cemetery, 2005

St Pauls Lutheran Church opened in 1913 and closed in 1997,[10] but the church building still stands at 57 Elizabeth Street (27°58′51″S 152°32′34″E / 27.9807°S 152.5427°E / -27.9807; 152.5427 (St Pauls Lutheran Church, Aratula)). There is a Lutheran cemetery behind the church; the first burial was Hermann Gustav Muller in March 1916.[11]

St Stephens Anglican Church opened in 1954 and is at 25 Elizabeth Street (27°58′53″S 152°32′46″E / 27.9813°S 152.5462°E / -27.9813; 152.5462 (St Stephens Anglican Church, Aratula)).[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Aratula (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Aratula (town) (entry 40970)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Aratula (locality) (entry 45107)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "New Name for Receiving-Office". Queensland Times. 14 Feb 1912. Retrieved 12 Aug 2014. 
  5. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Agency ID4792, Aratula State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Our school". Aratula State School. Archived from the original on 11 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Local Heritage Register" (PDF). Scenic Rim Regional Council. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "St Pauls Lutheran Church Aratula Historical Cemetery". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Aratula News.". Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954). Ipswich) (Qld.: National Library of Australia. 8 April 1916. p. 2 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Aratula". Anglican Parish of Boonah-Harrisville. Archived from the original on 11 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Aratula, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons