Norman Park, Queensland

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Norman Park
Brisbane central business district seen from Norman Park.jpg
Brisbane central business district seen from Norman Park
Population 6,003 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4170[2]
Location 4 km (2 mi) E of Brisbane CBD[3]
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
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, Australia, located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the CBD.[3] It borders East Brisbane, Coorparoo, Camp Hill, Morningside and Hawthorne, and is mostly residential.[4]


Norman Park is likely named after an early estate in the area. The estate is thought to have derived its name in the 1890s from the nearby Norman Creek, and the contemporary Governor of Queensland Henry Wylie Norman.[4][5]


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.

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.


The 2011 Census recorded 6,003 residents in Norman Park, of whom 50.7% were female and 49.3% were male. The median age of the population was 33; four years younger than the Australian median.[1]

77.2% of people living in Norman Park were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The other most common countries of birth were England (3.8%), New Zealand (3.4%), South Africa (0.8%), Germany (0.7%), and Ireland (0.7%). 87.4% of people only spoke English at home, while the next most commonly spoken languages were Greek (0.8%), German (0.6%), French (0.5%), Italian (0.5%), and Japanese (0.4%).


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.

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Notable people[edit]

  • Kevin Rudd, former Australian prime minister, lives in Norman Park.[8]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Norman Park, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a postcode". Australia Post. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Centre for the Government of Queensland. "Norman Park". Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Norman Park". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Queensland place name search". Government of Queensland (Department of Natural Resources and Mines). Retrieved 15 October 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

Coordinates: 27°28′45″S 153°03′45″E / 27.479168°S 153.0625°E / -27.479168; 153.0625