Macalister is a town and a locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3]


The town is located in the Darling Downs and on the Warrego Highway, 235 kilometres (146 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane. Within the locality to the south-east of the town of Macalister is an area known as Apunyal (from an Indigneous word meaning large plain).[4]


The town is named after Arthur Macalister, Premier of Queensland from 1866 to 1867.[2] The name Apunyal is an Aboriginal word meaning large plain.[4]

Macalister Post Office opened on 1 July 1880 (a receiving office had been open from 1876, known as Jimbour Creek until 1878) and closed in 1980.[5]

Macalister Provisional School opened on 27 August 1894, becoming Macalister State School on 1 January 1909. In 1913 it was renamed Apunyal State School, while a newly opened school took the name Macalister State School. Apunyal State School closed about 1935, while the second Macalister State School closed on 4 May 1973.[6]

At the 2006 census, Macalister and the surrounding area had a population of 486.[1]

Community groups

The Macalister branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the Kenmore Library at the QCWA Hall at 20649 Warrego Highway.[7]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Macalister (Wambo Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Macalister - town in Western Downs Region (entry 20349)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Macalister - locality in Western Downs Region (entry 49274)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Apunyal - neighbourhood in the Western Downs Region (entry 710)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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