Ashgrove, Queensland

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Ashgrove
BrisbaneQueensland
Ashgrove.jpg
Ashgrove, with Mount Coot-tha in the distance
Population 12,916 (2011)[1]
 • Density 2,306/km2 (5,970/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4060
Area 5.6 km2 (2.2 sq mi)[2]
Location 4 km (2 mi) from Brisbane
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(The Gap Ward)
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Brisbane
Suburbs around Ashgrove:
St Johns Wood Enoggera Alderley
The Gap Ashgrove Newmarket
Mount Coot-tha Bardon Red Hill
Shops along Waterworks Road

Ashgrove is an inner suburb in the City of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.[3] It is located approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north-west of the Brisbane CBD. Ashgrove is a leafy residential suburb, characterised by its hilly terrain and characteristic Ashgrovian houses built in the early 20th century. While many of the surrounding suburbs have seen an increase in the number of residential apartments built in the past decade, Ashgrove remains predominantly a suburb of detached single dwelling houses, with many old Queenslander homes in the area.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Ashgrove is 12,916, 50.1% female and 49.9% male.

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

79.8% of people living in Ashgrove were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 3.7%, New Zealand 2.7%, United States of America 0.7%, Scotland 0.6%, India 0.6%.

90.1% of people speak English as their first language 0.9% Italian, 0.4% German, 0.4% French, 0.4% Hindi, 0.4% Mandarin.

History[edit]

Ashgrove's native name is 'Kallindarbin'[4] and was originally inhabited by the indigenous 'Turrbal' or 'Duke of York clan'.[5] The main thoroughfare, Waterworks Road, was built on a Turrbal pathway that led to Mount Coot-tha, a place of the 'Honey-Bee Dreaming' and to the Enoggera Reservoir. The first sales of freehold land commenced in 1856, and ceased in 1875 when all available land was sold. Soon after sale of land stopped, the first school (the Ashgrove State School) and post office was established.

"Granite House" in St Johns Wood.

The area remained primarily a farming district until the end of the 19th century, when growth accelerated with the sale of land which housed one of the first homesteads in the area, the 'Granite House' in the area still known as St Johns Wood. In 1920, the tram line was extended from Red Hill, Queensland to Ashgrove, along Waterworks Road, connecting the suburb with the rest of Brisbane. The tram line closed on Monday 5 August 1968.

Tramdrivers and passengers in a Valley Junction tram at Ashgrove in 1923, on the corner of the Glenlyon Gardens housing estate.

In 2006, Ashgrove celebrated 'Ashgrove 150', an event organised by the Ashgrove Historical Society to commemorate 150 years of Ashgrove (1856–2006).[6]

Heritage listings[edit]

Ashgrove has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Demographics[edit]

According to 2011 Census, The most common ancestries in Ashgrove were English 27.4%, Australian 25.9%, Irish 14.7%, Scottish 8.9% and German 3.9%.

90.1% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 0.9%, French 0.4%, Mandarin 0.4%, Hindi 0.4% and German 0.4%. [1]

Facilities[edit]

Ashgrove contains the neighbourhood of Ithaca, which is the home of the Broncos football club and the Ithaca campus of Brisbane North Institute of TAFE. The suburb contains a variety of multicultural restaurants (Thai, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Modern Australian), numerous cafes, various shopping amenities (including Coles, Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets) and a public library.

Transport[edit]

Bus - Ashgrove is serviced by multiple council buses including the 350, 352, 372, 379, 380, 381 and 384 (pre-paid; express) running along Stewart and Waterworks Roads into the central business district. Ashgrove is also a stop on the route of the cross-town Great Circle Line (598/599) which links the four major shopping malls of Brisbane.

Education[edit]

1940 saw the start of Marist College Ashgrove, with its first headmaster, Brother Ignatius. Other local schools include Ashgrove State School, Mater Dei Catholic Primary School, St Finbarr's Primary School, Oakleigh State School and Mt St Michael's College. Mt St Michael's has an interesting history. In 1925, the Sisters of Charity ventured to Queensland from NSW to open a school in Ashgrove. Mt St Michael's College was founded by women of faith in response to the need for Catholic education for the young women of the area. Originally named Grantuly, after the spacious house which housed the school and Convent, the college became known as Mt St Michael’s College in 1941.

Clubs and sports[edit]

The most well known club in the area, GPS Rugby Football Club (known as 'Jeeps'), is one of the oldest established clubs in the area and plays at the Ashgrove Sports Ground, which dates back to 1887. The club has contributed 29 players to the Wallabies.[citation needed]

The ground also hosts the Valley District Cricket Club, which has provided both Queensland Sheffield Shield players and Australian players, including Matthew Hayden and Allan Border.[citation needed] and the Ashgrove Lawn Bowls Club. As well as this, there is a large Scouting group in St Johns Wood/Ashgrove.

Notable people from Ashgrove[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ashgrove (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: Ashgrove (State Suburb)". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ashgrove (entry 42557)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Tom Petrie's Reminiscences of Early Queensland. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press. 1992. p. 318. ISBN 0702223832. 
  5. ^ [1] 'Brisbane's indigenous history'. Retrieved 13 December 2009
  6. ^ Ashgrove History. Retrieved 17 October 2009
  7. ^ "Woodlands (entry 16626)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  8. ^ "St John's Wood (entry 16269)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  9. ^ "Glen Lyon (entry 14824)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  10. ^ "School History". Ashgrove State School. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

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Coordinates: 27°26′43″S 152°59′31″E / 27.44528°S 152.99194°E / -27.44528; 152.99194