Hamilton, Queensland

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Southern part of Hamilton facing the Brisbane River
Population 4,721 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2,780/km2 (7,190/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4007
Area 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Location 7 km (4 mi) from Brisbane
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Clayfield
Federal Division(s) Brisbane
Suburbs around Hamilton:
Albion Ascot Brisbane Airport
Albion Hamilton Eagle Farm
Newstead Bulimba Bulimba

Hamilton is an inner northern suburb of the City of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia,[2] lying on the north bank of the Brisbane River along Hamilton Reach.[3] The area is hilly with views of the Brisbane central business district. At the 2011 Australian census the suburb recorded a population of 4,721.[1]

In 2013, the suburb had the highest mean taxable income of any in Queensland.[4]


Accident involving a towed plane on Kingsford Smith Drive in c. 1945
For more details on this topic, see Town of Hamilton.

It is believed the first hotel in the district was built by the Gustavus Hamilton (father of Messrs. F. G. Hamilton, barrister, and R. Hamilton, surveyor). Amongst the earlier lessees of the hotel was a Mrs. Warren, who, by coincidence, married another Mr. Hamilton, so that the hotel was occupied by different families of the name Hamilton. The Hamilton Hotel became an easy reference mark in the days when buildings were few in the distrct, and its name was gradually applied to the whole district.[2][5]

In Brisbane's early history, Hamilton was the home to many aristocrats and clergy. This suburb is known for being an "old wealth" suburb compared to "new wealth" suburbs in Brisbane such as Paddington, Toowong and Indooroopilly.[citation needed] Many of Brisbane's iconic mansions are found in Hamilton, mainly because the exclusive suburb boasts spectacular views of the entire central business district and other surrounding suburbs.

This district was the birthplace of Charles Kingsford Smith in 1897.

World War 1 memorial, Hamilton, 2013

After World War I, a war memorial was built alongside the Brisbane River. It was unveiled by the Queensland Governor John Goodwin on Sunday 16 August 1931.[6]

During World War II an accident occurred involving a Corsair fighter plane. It had been unloaded from a ship in the river, had its wings folded up and was being towed along Kingsford Smith Drive by a truck when it snagged the tramway overhead and brought them down.

In recent times, a cruise ship terminal has been built in a precinct named Portside; this precinct has then seen substantial commercial and residential development.


In the 2011 census the population of Hamilton is 4,721, 50.4% female and 49.6% male.

The median/average age of the Hamilton population is 39 years of age, 2 years above the Australian average.

70.6% of people living in Hamilton were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 4.4%, England 3.2%, India 1.4%, United States of America 1.1%, Ireland 1%.

83.3% of people speak English as their first language 1.3% Italian, 1.3% Mandarin, 0.9% Cantonese, 0.6% Japanese, 0.6% Greek.


Major roads in the suburb are Kingsford Smith Drive and Racecourse Road.

CityCat stops are Bretts Wharf and, since October 2011,[7] Northshore Hamilton. Hamilton is serviced by Brisbane Transport bus routes 300, 301, 302, 303, 305.

Portside Wharf[edit]

Portside Wharf is the international cruise terminal, residential and retail development at Hamilton along the bank of the Brisbane River.

Heritage listings[edit]

Hamilton Town Hall, 2011
Marie Ville (Eltham), viewed from Hillside Crescent, 2012

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

Northshore Hamilton[edit]

The development of the Northshore Hamilton project was announced on 27 March 2008 by the Urban Land Development Authority.[17] A concept master plan for Northshore Hamilton was released by Premier Anna Bligh in September 2008.[17] The development covers 304 hectares and is expected to house 13,000 new residents.[17] It includes two kilometres of river frontage which will be open to the public.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hamilton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Hamilton (entry 49441)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Universal Business Directories (Aust.) Pty. Ltd (1997), Brisbane : includes Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast : 1997 (41st ed ed.), UBD, ISBN 978-0-7319-0886-8 
  4. ^ Alistair Walsh (2 May 2013). "Hamilton tops Queensland's highest earning postcodes with list dominated by coal mining towns". Property Observer. Private Media. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brisbane's Suburban Beauties". The Brisbane Courier (1864–1933) (Queensland: National Library of Australia). 29 September 1906. p. 12. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hamilton War Memorial". The Brisbane Courier (1864–1933) (Queensland: National Library of Australia). 14 August 1931. p. 9. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Tony Moore (19 November 2011). "Car sharing solution for Kingsford Smith Drive gridlock". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Toorak House (entry 14991)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  9. ^ "Lochiel (entry 16701)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  10. ^ Brisbane Heritage Register entry for Marie Ville, 16 Hillside Crescent, Hamilton
  11. ^ "El Nido (entry 19510)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  12. ^ "Greystaines (entry 19671)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  13. ^ "Woolahra (entry 14992)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  14. ^ "Cremorne (entry 14993)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Palma Rosa (entry 14994)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  16. ^ "Hamilton Town Hall (entry 4161)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  17. ^ a b c "Q2 Vision for Northshore Hamilton released". Media release. Urband Development Land Authority. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 

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Coordinates: 27°26′13″S 153°03′32″E / 27.437°S 153.059°E / -27.437; 153.059