Algester, Queensland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the state electorate, see Electoral district of Algester.
Algester
BrisbaneQueensland
Population 8,262 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4115
Location 18 km (11 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Algester
Federal Division(s) Moreton, Oxley
Suburbs around Algester:
Acacia Ridge Acacia Ridge Sunnybank Hills
Willawong Algester Calamvale
Parkinson Parkinson Larapinta

Algester is an outer suburb of City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is 18 kilometres (11 mi) south-west of the central business district. The suburb's population was estimated in the 2011 census at 8,262.[1] The suburbs of Algester, Calamvale and now Parkinson, sit on the southern border or boundary of the City of Brisbane local government area with suburbs of Logan City such as Browns Plains and Regents Park.

The suburb's name is a corruption of the name of the English town of "Alcester". Briefly in the mid to late 1970s the suburb was colloquially named Ridgewood Heights after the Ridgewood Heights property development that then made up most of its land area, but had officially been known as Algester from 1972.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Algester is 8,262, 51.3% female and 48.7% male.

The median/average age of the Algester population is 34 years of age, 3 years below the Australian average.

58.5% of people living in Algester were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 7.1%, England 4%, China 2.9%, Philippines 1.8%, India 1.5%.

70.9% of people speak English as their first language 4% Mandarin, 2.2% Cantonese, 1.2% Spanish, 0.9% Hindi, 0.8% Vietnamese.

History[edit]

In the early 70's, Algester Road and Dalmeny Street were connected as non sealed roads and the only thoroughfare into the suburb, which was then still virgin bushland. Dalmeny Street ended at the first house to be built in the suburb known then as Lot 22 (now numbered as 133). These early residents were exposed to the abundance of native Australian flora and fauna, before development in the mid-1970s. Algester was heavily developed from the mid-1970s and has also seen considerable recent development. It forms part of the Brisbane Agricultural Reserve, which once covered a large area of southern Brisbane.

Algester Primary School was founded in 1977 with a student population of about 200.

In July 2007, a major leak of an oil pipeline resulted in the forced evacuation of residents in Algester.[3]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Algester (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Algester (entry 47595)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Gregory, Helen; Dianne Mclay (2010). Building Brisbane's History: Structure, Sculptures, Stories and Secrets. Warriewood, New South Wales: Woodslane Press. p. 108. ISBN 9781921606199. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°36′41″S 153°02′01″E / 27.61139°S 153.03361°E / -27.61139; 153.03361 (Algester)