Origin of the name
The name of the suburb is believed to be have been bestowed by Sir George Ferguson Bowen, Governor of Queensland (1859-1867), after the Ionian Island of Ithaca, the subject of a book he had authored.
Traditionally, Ithaca was bounded by Jubilee Terrace to the west, Ithaca Creek to the north, the suburb of Red Hill to the east and the suburb of Paddington to the south. Therefore, despite the official designation as being part of Red Hill, the former suburb of Ithaca appears to span the present suburbs of Red Hill, Paddington and Bardon.
The Ithaca Town Council Chambers were built in 1910 at 99 Enoggera Terrace (then in Ithaca, now in Red Hill). With the amalgamation of the Town of Ithaca into City of Brisbane in 1925, the building became the property of by the Brisbane City Council. Since then it has been used as a council depot, library and as the Red Hill Kindergarten. It is currently used as a community hall, known as Ithaca Hall.
The Ithaca name still persists in a number of local places:
- the Ithaca Hall (the former Ithaca Town Hall)
- the Ithaca War Memorial on Ennogera Terrace, Paddington
- the old Ithaca Fire Station at 140 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington
- the Ithaca Swimming Pool at 131 Caxton Street, Paddington
- the Ithaca Creek State School in Lugg Street, Bardon
- "Ithaca (entry 16885)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- ""HONOUR THE BRAVE.".". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 27 February 1922. p. 4. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- "Ithaca Town Council Chambers and Red Hill Kindergarten (former) (entry 16794)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- "Ithaca Hall". Venues for Hire. Communify. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Ithaca War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Ithaca Fire Station (former) (entry 15963)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Ithaca Swimming Pool". Retrieved 1 September 2013.