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Applethorpe Memorial Park, 2015.JPG
The Applethorpe Memorial Park
Population 748 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 4378
LGA(s) Southern Downs Region
State electorate(s) Southern Downs
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Applethorpe:
Cannon Creek The Summit Glen Niven
Cannon Creek Applethorpe New South Wales
Broadwater Stanthorpe Dalcouth

Applethorpe is a town in the Southern Downs Region of Queensland, Australia. Applethorpe is well known for the production of apples.


The area was originally called Roessler after an early German settler, but the name was changed to Applethorpe (reflecting the apple orchards in the district) in 1915, as part of the anti-German sentiment during World War I.

In 1910, the establishment of the Four Mile Stanthorpe School was given and the school was opened on 14 September 1911. However, from November 1911 to November 1916, it was called Roesseller State School. However, like the town itself, the school name was changed to Applethorpe State School due to the anti-German sentiment during World War 1.

Applethorpe Post Office opened around 1919 (a receiving office had been open since 1916) and closed in 1991.


The town is positioned on the New England Highway just north of Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt region at an elevation of 872 meters (2,861 ft).


Coolest school in Queensland sign, Applethorpe State School, 2015
Coolest school in Queensland sign, Applethorpe State School, 2015

During a cold snap in 2007, the town recorded a minimum temperature of −7.7 °C. In July 2010, Applethorpe recorded a minimum of 13.6 °C which was the highest minimum on record ever for that month.



In 2006, Applethorpe had a population of 748; of which, 20% worked in the farming or produce industries.


The Applethorpe Memorial Park on Ann Street commemorates those who served in defence of Australia.

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