Peachester, Queensland

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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Peachester Store.JPG
General store
Peachester is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°50′35″S 152°53′05″E / 26.8430°S 152.8847°E / -26.8430; 152.8847 (Peachester (town centre))Coordinates: 26°50′35″S 152°53′05″E / 26.8430°S 152.8847°E / -26.8430; 152.8847 (Peachester (town centre))
Population1,357 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density24.363/km2 (63.10/sq mi)
Area55.7 km2 (21.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)Glass House
Federal division(s)Fisher
Localities around Peachester:
Crohamhurst Bald Knob
Mount Mellum
Cedarton Peachester Beerwah
Commissioners Flat Glass House Mountains Glass House Mountains

Peachester is a rural town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census the locality of Peachester had a population of 1,357 people.[1]


Peachester is in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The D'Aguliar Range commences in the north-west of the locality.[4]


Peachester was named when the town was surveyed in 1888 by William Embury Hill. The name refers to a peach tree which was growing at the crossing of the Stanley River.[2]

A public hall was built at the town in 1889.[citation needed]

Peachester Provisional School opened on 19 April 1892 in the public hall. Due to low student numbers it closed in 1893 but reopened in 1894. On 2 May 1910 it became Peachester State School.[5][6][7]

Early industries included dairying, timber felling for Grigor's sawmill.[8]

On Wednesday 20 June 1906 the Venerable H. F. Le Fanu, Archdeacon of Toowoomba performed a stump capping ceremony for the new Anglican church.[9] St Andrew's Anglican church was dedicated on 1 January 1908 by Archdeacon Le Fanu. The church was destroyed on New Year's Day 1 June 1963 by Tropical Cyclone Annie and was not rebuilt.[10][11][12]

Peachester Post Office opened by 1918 (a receiving office had been open from 1895) and closed in 1974.[13]

Between the 1930s and 1950s, Peachester was known as the home of Inigo Jones, the long range weather forecaster.[8]

A fruit case factory for fruit growers operated in the 1920s and post World War II years.[8]

At the 2006 census, Peachester had a population of 452.[14]

In the 2011 census, Peachester had a population of 1,259 people.[15]

In the 2016 census the locality of Peachester had a population of 1,357 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

Peachester has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Peachester State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 966 Peachester Road (26°50′37″S 152°52′57″E / 26.8437°S 152.8825°E / -26.8437; 152.8825 (Peachester State School)).[17][7] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 85 students with 11 teachers (6 full-time equivalent) and 9 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).[18]

There is no secondary school in Peachester. The nearest secondary schools are Beerwah State High School in neighbouring Beerwah to the east and Maleny State High School in Maleny to the north-west.[4]


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits near the Community Hall.[19]

The Peachester branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at Peachester Hall at 963 Peachester Road.[20]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Peachester (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Peachester – town in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 26220)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Peachester – locality in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48833)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  5. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Peachester State School". Archived from the original on 26 February 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  8. ^ a b c "Peachester: Queensland Places". Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Stump Capping Service". Chronicle And North Coast Advertiser. Vol. 3, no. 152. Queensland, Australia. 22 June 1906. p. 4. Retrieved 25 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Closed Churches". Anglican Records & Archives Centre. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Parish profile" (PDF). The Anglican Parish of Caloundra-Glasshouse Country. pp. 3–4. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Backward Glance: Auld Lang Syne – memories old and new". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 21 December 2016. Archived from the original on 25 September 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  13. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  14. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Peachester (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Peachester (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 July 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ "Peachester Public Dip (entry 602705)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  17. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  18. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. 7 June 2016. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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