South Australia
Aerial view of Appila, 2015
Appila is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Coordinates33°3′2″S 138°25′41″E / 33.05056°S 138.42806°E / -33.05056; 138.42806
Population91 (SAL 2021)[1]
LGA(s)Mount Remarkable
State electorate(s)Stuart
Federal division(s)Grey
Localities around Appila:
Murray Town Booleroo Centre Tarcowie
Wirrabara Appila Yongala
Stone Hut, Laura Caltowie Jamestown

Appila (earlier known as Yarrowie) is a locality in the Mid North of South Australia east of the lower Flinders Ranges. It occupies much of the eastern half of the Hundred of Appila and a strip on the western side of the adjacent Hundred of Tarcowie.[2]


The town of Yarrowie (an Aboriginal word for hunting ground) was established in 1872 following the proclamation of the Strangways Land Act for closer settlement in 1869. The town grew quickly as settlers moved to the area, and by the 1880s it had two hotels, four blacksmiths, three carpenters, Protestant, Catholic and government schools, a post office and telegraph station as well as other stores. In 1877 the name was changed to Appila-Yarrowie then later to just Appila to remove confusion with other towns including Yarcowie, Tarcowie, Terowie, Caltowie and Willowie.[3]

When the Lutheran school was closed by the state government in 1918, it had 33 students.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Appila (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Search result for "Appila" (Record ID SA0055826)". Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  3. ^ Klaassen, Nic. "Appila". Flinders Ranges Research. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  4. ^ "CLOSING GERMAN SCHOOLS". The Express and Telegraph. Vol. LIV, no. 16, 152. South Australia. 12 June 1917. p. 3 (SPECIAL WAR EDITION). Retrieved 22 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
Appila shown at the eastern edge of the Hundred of Appila on a 1964 cadastral map