Arrilalah is a ghost town in the locality of Longreach in the Longreach Region of Western Queensland, Australia.[1]

Chemist building in Arrilalah, 1884
Arrilalah is located in Queensland
Coordinates23°40′50″S 143°52′58″E / 23.6806°S 143.8828°E / -23.6806; 143.8828 (Arrilalah (town centre))
LGA(s)Longreach Region
State electorate(s)Gregory
Federal division(s)Maranoa

History edit

The site was originally settled in the 1860s with the name "Forest Grove", but the name was changed to Arrilalah, a word with an uncertain origin, in 1885. The town began a long decline when the railway bypassed it, instead connecting to the nearby town of Longreach.[2]

Arrilalah Provisional School opened circa 1889 and closed in 1906 due to low attendances.[3]

By the 1980s, there were no permanent inhabitants remaining. The local cemetery was rededicated in 2010, and was the site of approximately forty burials.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ "Arrilalah – population centre in Longreach Region (entry 862)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b Harris, Julia (September 2010). "Ghost town cemetery revisited". ABC News. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0