Norman Park, Queensland

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Norman Park
Norman Park, like many areas of Brisbane, was unsewered until the late 1960s, with each house having an outhouse or "dunny" in the back yard.
Coordinates 27°28′45″S 153°03′45″E / 27.47917°S 153.06250°E / -27.47917; 153.06250Coordinates: 27°28′45″S 153°03′45″E / 27.47917°S 153.06250°E / -27.47917; 153.06250[1]
Population 6,003 (2011)[2]
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4170[3]
Area 3 km2 (1.2 sq mi)[4]
Location 7 km (4 mi) from Brisbane
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Morningside Ward)[5]
State electorate(s) Bulimba
Federal Division(s) Griffith
Suburbs around Norman Park:
New Farm Hawthorne Morningside
East Brisbane Norman Park Seven Hills
Coorparoo Camp Hill Camp Hill

Norman Park is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the CBD, and borders East Brisbane, Coorparoo, Camp Hill, Morningside and Hawthorne.

Norman Park has numerous parks and recreational areas, and has limited housing along the Brisbane River.


In the 2011 Census the population of Norman Park is 6,003, 50.7% female and 49.3% male.

The median/average age of the Norman Park population is 33 years of age, 4 years below the Australian average.

77.2% of people living in Norman Park were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 3.8%, New Zealand 3.4%, South Africa 0.8%, Germany 0.7%, Ireland 0.7%.

87.4% of people speak English as their first language 0.8% Greek, 0.6% German, 0.5% French, 0.5% Italian, 0.4% Japanese.


The suburb is served by rail, bus and ferry services. Frequent commuter trains use Norman Park railway station on services to the City and Cleveland. Buses operated by Brisbane Transport also link the suburb to the City and Westfield Carindale. Cross-river ferries, also operated by Brisbane Transport link the suburb with New Farm.


Norman Park began taking in the first settlers in 1853. Initially, development in Norman Park was slow and almost ceased after the 1893 Brisbane floods. Industries in Norman Park at the time included dairying, leather and brooms.

Between 1912 and 1926 a steam tram service to Belmont connected with the Queensland Government Railway at Norman Park. Initially the service was operated by the Belmont Shire Council. The service was suspended in 1924. The service was reinstated by the Brisbane City Council in 1925, but was again suspended in 1926. In 2006 remnants of the tramway's right of way could still be seen close to the railway station.

Norman Park remained a largely rural area until after World War II, when rapid development took place as the result of the construction of public housing.[4] In the 1940s and 1950s, extensive reclaiming of land in the low-lying areas created parks and playing fields.

Heritage listings[edit]

Norman Park has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 75 McIllwraith Avenue: Eulalia, Norman Park[6]
  • 97 Wynnum Road: Brisbane City Council Tramway Substation No 9 (former)[7]

Notable people[edit]

  • Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, lives in Norman Park.[8]


  1. ^ "Place name details: NORMAN PARK". Government of Queensland (Department of Natural Resources and Mines). Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Norman Park, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a postcode". Australia Post. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Norman Park". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Morningside Ward". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Eulalia (entry 15044)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  7. ^ "Brisbane City Council Tramway Substation No 9 (former) (entry 19529)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  8. ^ "Kevin Rudd once again running the nation from his back deck in Brisbane's Norman Park". Courier Mail. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Norman Park, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons