Kingsthorpe is a rural town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Kingsthorpe had a population of 1,867 people.[1]

Geography

Kingsthorpe is on the Darling Downs, 147 kilometres (91 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane.

History

The town was named after pastoralist brothers Colonel Henry Venn King and George Beresford King, of the Gowrie pastoral property.[2][4][5]

St Gregory's Anglican Church in Meringandan was consecrated on Sunday 12 September 1886 by Bishop William Webber.[6] It was located on a 1-acre (0.40 ha) piece of land near the railway station, donated by Mr Foland. It was built by Mr Maag and was 18 by 38 feet (5.5 by 11.6 m) and could seat 150 people.[7] In 1905 it was relocated to Kingsthorpe where it was re-consecrated at St Gregory's by Archbishop St Clair Donaldson on 20 October 1905.[8][9] The church was closed circa 1982.[10]

Kingsthorpe State School opened on 10 July 1911.[11]

Kingsthorpe was in the Shire of Rosalie until 2008, when the shire was amalgamated into the new Toowoomba Region local government area.

At the 2011 census, Kingsthorpe had a population of 1,820.[12]

Facilities

Library services in Kingsthorpe are provided by the Toowoomba Regional Council's mobile library service. The van visits Kingsthorpe State School [13][14] and Kingsthorpe Village Green every Wednesday.[15]

Kingsthorpe features a number of parks with recreation areas, play equipment, and amenities, including Rosalie Walk,[16] Settlers Park,[17] Village Green,[18] and Stoney Ridge Park.[19] The Recreational Reserve has a large sporting oval, tennis courts, picnic facilities with an electric barbeque, and a clubhouse with a canteen and amenities.[20]

The Kingsthorpe branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at 2 Gowrie Street (beside the Kingsthorpe and District Memorial Hall).[21]

Education

Kingsthorpe State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Goombungee Road (27°28′19″S 151°48′52″E / 27.4719°S 151.8145°E / -27.4719; 151.8145 (Kingsthorpe State School)).[22][23] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 187 students with 13 teachers (12 full-time equivalent) and 12 non-teaching staff (7 full-time equivalent).[24]

There is no secondary school in Kingsthorpe. The nearest secondary schools are in Oakey, Highfields, and Wilsonton Heights (in Toowoomba).[25]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kingsthorpe (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Kingsthorpe - town in Toowoomba Region (entry 18239)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Kingsthorpe - locality in Toowoomba Region (entry 47982)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ "SOME DOWNS PLACE NAMES". Toowoomba Chronicle And Darling Downs Gazette. LXVII (277). Queensland, Australia. 22 November 1928. p. 19. Retrieved 20 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "THE PIONEERS". Toowoomba Chronicle And Darling Downs Gazette. LXVII (277). Queensland, Australia. 22 November 1928. p. 17. Retrieved 20 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "QUEENSLAND NEWS". The Brisbane Courier. XLII, (8, 943). Queensland, Australia. 13 September 1886. p. 5. Retrieved 1 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  7. ^ "Tea-Meeting and Concert at Meringandan". Darling Downs Gazette. XXX, (5, 974). Queensland, Australia. 15 September 1886. p. 3. Retrieved 1 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ "RELIGIOUS". The Brisbane Courier. LXII, (14, 901). Queensland, Australia. 14 October 1905. p. 16. Retrieved 1 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  9. ^ "ST MATTHEW'S CHURCH DRAYTON". Darling Downs Gazette. XLVIII, (91214). Queensland, Australia. 23 April 1906. p. 8. Retrieved 1 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  10. ^ Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. "Closed Churches". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kingsthorpe (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  13. ^ "Kingsthorpe SS". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Mobile library". Toowoomba Regional Council. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Rosalie Walk". Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Settlers Park". Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Village Green". Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Stoney Ridge Park". Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  20. ^ "Recreational Reserve". Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  22. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Kingsthorpe State School". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  24. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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