Gowrie Junction, Queensland

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Gowrie Junction
Gowrie Junction is located in Queensland
Gowrie Junction
Gowrie Junction
Coordinates 27°29′31″S 151°53′20″E / 27.49194°S 151.88889°E / -27.49194; 151.88889Coordinates: 27°29′31″S 151°53′20″E / 27.49194°S 151.88889°E / -27.49194; 151.88889
Population 1,217 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4352
Location 10 km (6 mi) NW of Toowoomba
LGA(s) Toowoomba Region
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Groom
Suburbs around Gowrie Junction:
Glencoe Cawdor Highfields
Charlton Gowrie Junction Birnam
Charlton Cotswold Hills Birnam

Gowrie Junction is a town and locality north-west of Toowoomba. At the 2006 census, Gowrie Junction had a population of 1,217.[1]


Gowrie Junction Post Office opened on 24 April 1876, was renamed Gowrie in 1961 and closed in 1972.[2]


Gowrie Junction contains a small shop, a school and a community hall. A shopping centre is also in the planning stages. The residents of Gowrie Junction funded and built the town recreational hall by themselves, largely through the efforts of the local progress association.

Library services in Gowrie Junction are provided by the Toowoomba Regional Council's mobile library service. The van visits Gowrie Junction State School every Thursday and Gowrie Junction Federation Hall every Saturday.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

Possibly Gowrie Junction's best known resident remains Frank Riethmuller, born in 1884 in Glenvale outside Toowoomba, who taught at Gowrie Junction's primary school from 1899 to 1905. He probably stayed with his newly married sister, Sophia, whose husband August Bischof had a farm at Gowrie Junction. Riethmuller went on to become Australia's second-best-known rose breeder. He bred 'Carabella,' which is to be seen in country towns all round Australia. One of his pupils was a girl who became Sister Elizabeth Kenny, famous advocate of a non-chemical treatment of poliomyelitis.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gowrie Junction (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mobile library". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 

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