Macalister, Queensland

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Macalister is located in Queensland
Coordinates 27°02′37″S 151°04′38″E / 27.0436°S 151.0772°E / -27.0436; 151.0772Coordinates: 27°02′37″S 151°04′38″E / 27.0436°S 151.0772°E / -27.0436; 151.0772
Population 486 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 1.3174/km2 (3.412/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4406
Area 368.9 km2 (142.4 sq mi)
LGA(s) Western Downs Region
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Macalister:
Warra Jimbour West Jimbour East
Kogan Macalister Pirrinuan
Kogan Ranges Bridge Dalby

Macalister is a town and a locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2006 census, Macalister and the surrounding area had a population of 486.[1]


The town is located in the Darling Downs and on the Warrego Highway, 235 kilometres (146 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane. Within the locality to the south-east of the town of Macalister is the neighboroughood of Apunyal.[4]


The town is named after Arthur Macalister, Premier of Queensland from 1866 to 1867.[2] The name Apunyal is an Aboriginal word meaning large plain.[4]

Macalister Post Office opened on 1 July 1880 (a receiving office had been open from 1876, known as Jimbour Creek until 1878) and closed in 1980.[5]

Macalister Provisional School opened on 27 August 1894, becoming Macalister State School on 1 January 1909. In 1913 it was renamed Apunyal State School, while a newly opened school took the name Macalister State School. Apunyal State School closed about 1935, while the second Macalister State School closed on 4 May 1973.[6]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Macalister (Wambo Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Macalister - town in Western Downs Region (entry 20349)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Macalister - locality in Western Downs Region (entry 49274)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Apunyal - neighbourhood in the Western Downs Region (entry 710)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0 

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