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Minden
Queensland
Minden State School.jpg
Minden State School, 2014
Minden is located in Queensland
Minden
Minden
Coordinates 27°33′25″S 152°32′44″E / 27.5570°S 152.5455°E / -27.5570; 152.5455 (Minden (town centre))
Population 1,204 (2016 census locality)
 • Density 57.06/km2 (147.8/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4311
Area 21.1 km2 (8.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Somerset Region
State electorate(s) Lockyer
Federal Division(s) Blair
Localities around Minden:
Prenzlau Coolana Lark Hill
Hatton Vale Minden Marburg
Woolshed Tallegalla Tallegalla

Minden is a rural town and locality in the Somerset Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Minden had a population of 1,204 people.

The town is 64 kilometres (40 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane.

History

Lutheran Church Minden
Lutheran Church in the north of the town, 2014

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.

Geography

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.

Education

Minden State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1032 Lowood-Minden Road (27°33′17″S 152°32′39″E / 27.5547°S 152.5441°E / -27.5547; 152.5441 (Minden State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 189 students with 12 teachers and 8 non-teaching staff (5 full-time equivalent).

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