Minden State School, 2014
|Population||1,093 (2011 census)|
Minden is a small town and rural locality in the Somerset Region, Queensland, Australia. The town is 64 kilometres (40 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2011 census, Minden had a population of 1,093.
Originally the area was known as Back Plains or Rosewood Scrub but was changed to Minden in 1879 at the request of German settlers, after the town of Minden in Westphalia, Germany. In 1916 during World War I, the name was changed to Frenchton due to anti-German sentiment, but name Minden was restored in 1930.
Frenchton Post Office opened on 1 July 1927 (a receiving office had been open from 1878, known as Rosewood Scrub until 1879 and Minden until 1916 during World War I), reverted to Minden in 1930 and closed in 1971.
Minden is located in the Lockyer Valley at the northern foothills of the Little Liverpool Range. The Warrego Highway passes through Minden from east to west. It is the most southerly part of the Somerset Region local government area.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Minden (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Minden (town) (entry 22166)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
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- "Names of Schools Changed". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 4 December 1916. p. 6. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- "Minden School Diamond Jubilee". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 27 August 1938. p. 5 Section: Second Section. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
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