Pullenvale, Queensland

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Pullenvale Hall
Population 3,154 (2006)[1]
 • Density 129.26/km2 (334.8/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4069
Area 24.4 km2 (9.4 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Pullenvale Ward)
State electorate(s) Moggill
Federal Division(s) Ryan
Suburbs around Pullenvale:
Upper Brookfield Brookfield Kenmore Hills
Kholo Pullenvale Kenmore
Mount Crosby Anstead Pinjarra Hills

Pullenvale is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is situated approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of the Brisbane central business district. Located in the southern foothills of Mount Elphinstone, Pullenvale features rolling hills and areas of bush land, and is spread over an area of approximately 24.4 square kilometres (9.4 sq mi).


There are a number of theories about the original of the name Pullenvale. One theory from a 1920s newspaper is that it is named after early timbergetter, George Pullen; however, no land records have been found to confirm this. Given that the local creek is known as Pullen Pullen Creek, some people believe the repetition suggests a word from one of the Australian Aboriginal languages possibly meaning "to die" (or "not to die") or "fighting" (or "fighting ground"). Another theory is that the Pullen Pullen name was originally Bullen Bullen, an Aboriginal word meaning "lonely place".[2][3] In support of the "fighting" theory, there is an 1850 newspaper account:[4]

NATIVE AMUSEMENTS.-The aborigines held a grand "Pullen-Pullen" last week, near Brisbane. Many of the " Ningy-Ningy" and Limestone blacks attended. We are informed that some of them received spear wounds upon the occasion, but no deaths occurred.

There is evidence that there was a Mr Pullen who had a vineyard at Pullevale from about the 1862 to at least 1885.[5]

The name Glen Pullen predated the name Pullenvale, which is described as a "new name" in 1873.[3][6] There is an 1873 reference to Glenpullen Farm at Pullenvale.[7]


In the 2011 Census the population of Pullenvale is 3,174, 49.8% female and 50.2% male.

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

68.2% of people living in Pullenvale were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 10.3%, South Africa 4.6%, New Zealand 2.4%, United States of America 1.4%, Scotland 1.1%.

91.2% of people speak English as their first language 1.1% Afrikaans, 0.7% German, 0.6% Japanese, 0.5% Mandarin, 0.4% Cantonese.


Pullenvale Hall, located at 302 Grandview Road, Pullenvale, is an old pineapple packing shed. The Hall was purchased from resident Jack Woodward in about 1943.[8] It is the centre of many small functions and classes run by the residents of Pullenvale in cooperation with the Local Council.

Sporting clubs[edit]

Moggill Pony Club Inc. was formed in 1960. The land located at, 41 O'Brien Road, Pullenvale, is owned by the Pony Club.[9] The Pony Club is one of the oldest pony clubs in Queensland and covers four hectares of land.


Pioneer Pullenvale residents developed a logging industry. The construction of Moggill Road, linking Brisbane with Ipswich via Moggill, made the area more accessible. Eventually the logging industry give way to small crop and dairy farming. The resulting tiny population of farming families led to the establishment of the Pullenvale State School in 1873. For the next 100 years or so the rural population remained steady, it was not until 1981 that the State School was rebuilt to cater for a great increase in population that stemmed from the encroaching Brisbane metropolis.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Pullenvale (Statistical Local Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 October 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Pullenvale (entry 43080)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "History of Pullenvale". Moggill Historical Society Inc. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.". The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 2 February 1850. p. 2. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pullenvale Vineyard.". The Queenslander (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 12 December 1885. p. 959. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "PULLENVALE.". The Queenslander (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 28 June 1873. p. 3. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Family Notices.". The Brisbane Courier (National Library of Australia). 8 July 1873. p. 4. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Brief History of Moggill and Pullenvale". Moggill Historical Society Inc. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Moggill Pony Club Inc.. Retrieved 18 September 2010

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Coordinates: 27°31′02″S 152°53′29″E / 27.5171°S 152.8914°E / -27.5171; 152.8914 (Pullenvale)