Ashgrove, with Mount Coot-tha in the distance
|Area||5.6 km2 (2.2 sq mi)|
|Location||4 km (2 mi) from Brisbane|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane
The Gap Ward
Ashgrove is an inner suburb of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, located approximately 4 km 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.
Ashgrove's native name is 'Kallindarbin' and was originally inhabited by the indigenous 'Turrbal' or 'Duke of York clan'. 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.
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.
In 2006, Ashgrove celebrated 'Ashgrove 150', an event organised by the Ashgrove Historical Society to commemorate 150 years of Ashgrove (1856–2006).
Ashgrove has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 24 Woodland Street: Woodlands
- 31 Piddington Street: St John's Wood
- 34 Glenlyon Drive: Glen Lyon
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%. 
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.
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.
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
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.
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. 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
- Kevin Rudd, Australia's former prime minister boarded at Marist College Ashgrove as a child.
- Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother lived in Ashgrove as a child and attended Ashgrove State School.
- Bill Ludwig OAM, Australian trade union official, is National President and Queensland state secretary of the Australian Workers' Union (AWU).
- John Eales, former captain of the Wallabies attended Marist College.
- Keith Urban, Country Music Singer (Married to Nicole Kidman) attended Ashgrove State School (Primary).
- Anthony Herbert (Former Australian Rugby Wallaby) attended the Marist School and still lives in Ashgrove.
- Deryck Guyler (English Actor) emigrated to Australia and retired in Ashgrove until his death in 1999.
- Nick Kruger, Current Queensland Bulls cricket player.
- Sir Julius Chan, former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea boarding student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Christian Layland, football media personality, boarding student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Ray Meagher, (actor) student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Humphrey McQueen, Author and Historian student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Andrew McGahan, novelist student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- John Connolly, former Wallabies coach student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Des Connor, former rugby union player student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Daniel Herbert, former rugby union player student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Daniel Heenan (rugby union) student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Harry Amos Moore (Professional Rugby Player), (rugby league) student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Corey Brown (footballer) student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Sean O'Brien, Australian professional windsurfer and Olympic Sailing Team coach student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Pietro Figlioli, Olympian - Water Polo student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Matthew Hayden, Australian and Queensland cricketer student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Ben Griffin, soccer player student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Lev Susany, Australian powerlifter and Commonwealth record holder student at Marist College Ashgrove.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ashgrove (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: Ashgrove (State Suburb)". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- Tom Petrie's Reminiscences of Early Queensland. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press. 1992. p. 318. ISBN 0702223832.
-  'Brisbane's indigenous history'. Retrieved 13 December 2009
- Ashgrove History. Retrieved 17 October 2009
- "Woodlands (entry 16626)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
- "St John's Wood (entry 16269)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
- "Glen Lyon (entry 14824)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ashgrove, Queensland.|
- Brisbites: Suburban Sites (History)
- More Information about Ashgrove
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Ashgrove
- St Johns Wood Ashgrove website