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Allora is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 1,223 (2016 census)
 • Density 12.740/km2 (33.00/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4362
Area 96.0 km2 (37.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Southern Downs Region
State electorate(s) Southern Downs
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Allora:
Elphinstone Spring Creek Forest Springs
Talgai Allora Berat
Talgai Hendon Mount Marshall

Allora is a rural town and locality in the Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, the locality of Allora had a population of 1,223 people.


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Glengallan House, near Allora, circa 1875

The region surrounding this small farming community was first explored by Europeans in the 1840s; the town was surveyed in 1859. Its name is believed to derive from an Aboriginal word "gnarrallah", meaning waterhole or swampy place.

Following European settlement, the history of the area is entwined with two famous pastoral homesteads in the vicinity of Allora: Glengallan and Talgai . Both properties ran sheep.

The original "Talgai" run was taken up by E. E. Dalrymple in 1840. The creek that runs through Allora is named in his honour. Built in 1868 for the Clark family, Talgai Homestead stood on 300,000 acres (1,200 km²). The homestead is built of sandstone and covers sixty squares. It is now a bed and breakfast.

Allora Post Office opened on 31 March 1863.

The Allora State School opened on 1 May 1867. On 31 December 2008, it was renamed Allora P-10 State School.

From the 1870s, red cedar, pine and beech logged from the Goomburra valley were milled at Allora.

From 1869, Allora had its own local government (initially Borough of Allora, from 1903 Town of Allora). In 1915, it was merged with the surrounding Shire of Clifton to create the Shire of Allora, which was administered from the Shire's offices at 78 Herbert Street in Allora. In 1994, the Shire of Allora was amalgamated into the Shire of Warwick.

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Methodist Church, 1932

The Methodist Church opened in 1896.

The Allora Boer War Memorial was unveiled on 19 October 1904 by Colonel Henry Chauvel.

Allora Great War memorial
Allora Great War memorial, 2010

The Allora Shire Soldiers Memorial was unveiled on 11 November 1921 by General J.C. Robertson and the mothers of those who died.

Talgai skull

In 1886 the first fossil evidence of early human occupation in the area, the Talgai skull, was found on Talgai Homestead, embedded in the wall of Dalrymple Creek. Radiocarbon dating suggests the Talgai skull is between 9,000 and 11,000 years old. It is believed to be the skull of a boy of approximately 15 years of age who had been killed by a massive blow to the side of the head.

Heritage listings and local attractions

Allora Museum
John McDowell Allora
Church bell tower memorial to L/Cpl. John McDowell, AIF.
Allora main street shops

Local attractions include the Goomburra Forest Reserve, part of which was World Heritage listed in 1994 by UNESCO.

The Talgai skull is located in the Shellshear Museum, Department of Anatomy, Sydney University. A replica is found in the Allora Museum.

The old bank building in Herbert Street building is known locally as the "Mary Poppins house", after resident P. L. Travers' most famous work.

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


Allora P-10 State School is a government primary and secondary (Prep-10) school for boys and girls at 21 Warwick Street (28°02′10″S 151°59′10″E / 28.0361°S 151.9861°E / -28.0361; 151.9861 (Allora P-10 State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 250 students with 23 teachers (19 full-time equivalent) and 18 non-teaching staff (12 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

St Patrick's School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 35 Arnold Street (28°02′09″S 151°58′41″E / 28.0357°S 151.9780°E / -28.0357; 151.9780 (St Patrick's School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 79 students with 8 teachers (6 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).

For secondary schooling to Year 12, the nearest governent secondary schools are Clifton State High School in Clifton to the north-west and Warwick State High School in Warwick to the south-east.

Notable residents

  • Wayne Bennett, Premiership winning rugby league coach in the NRL
  • Sir James Connolly, politician in Western Australia
  • Matthew Denny, IAAF Athletics 2013 World Youth Championships gold medallist discus throw
  • Laura Geitz, Australia National Netball Team Captain, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and ANZ Championships Premiership Captain
  • Greg Holmes, Rugby Union tighthead prop. Queensland 'Reds' 144 games; Australia 27 Tests. Currently plays for the Exeter Chiefs in England in the Aviva Premiership.
  • Private John Leak, Victoria Cross recipient at Pozières, France, on 23 July 1916. Farmed and worked in the Allora district, "The Commonage" Berat, from 1919 to 1920.
  • Tom McVeigh, Federal Member for Darling Downs for the National Country Party (1972 - 1984 when seat abolished). Member for Groom (1984 - 1988). Minister for Housing and Construction and Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment.
  • P. L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins

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