Toowong

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Toowong
BrisbaneQueensland
Toowong Village from Sherwood Rd.jpg
The commercial area of Toowong
Toowong is located in Queensland
Toowong
Toowong
Coordinates 27°29′13″S 152°59′02″E / 27.487°S 152.984°E / -27.487; 152.984Coordinates: 27°29′13″S 152°59′02″E / 27.487°S 152.984°E / -27.487; 152.984
Population 11,255 (2011)[1]
 • Density 2,207/km2 (5,720/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4066
Area 5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Location 5 km (3 mi) west of Brisbane CBD
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Toowong Ward)
State electorate(s) Indooroopilly,
Mount Coot-tha
Federal Division(s) Ryan
Suburbs around Toowong:
Mount Coot-tha Bardon Auchenflower
Mount Coot-tha Toowong West End
Taringa Taringa St Lucia

Toowong is an inner suburb of Brisbane, Australia, which is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west of the Brisbane CBD.[2] At the centre of Toowong is a commercial precinct including Toowong Village and several office buildings. The remainder of the suburb is predominantly residential with a mix of medium density dwellings and detached houses.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Toowong is 11,255, 50.2% female and 49.8% male.

The median/average age of the Toowong population is 28 years of age, 9 years below the Australian average.

61.1% of people living in Toowong were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 3.9%, China 3.8%, New Zealand 3%, India 1.8%, Malaysia 1.6%.

72.7% of people speak English as their first language 5.3% Mandarin, 2.2% Cantonese, 1.3% Spanish, 0.7% Korean, 0.7% French.

Geography[edit]

Toowong is situated between Mount Coot-tha and the Brisbane River and is made up of rolling hills with little flat land. Since European Settlement most of the land has been cleared for residential and commercial use with the exception of some park land and bushland near the Western Freeway.

Attractions[edit]

The Brisbane General Cemetery, started in 1866 and formally opened in 1875, is Queensland’s largest cemetery, placed on 437,300 square metres of land. It replaced Brisbane’s first cemetery which was located near Skew Street in the centre of Brisbane. The cemetery, now called Toowong Cemetery, contains a signposted walk that provides information on various people buried therein.[3]

Brisbane Boys' College is a day boarding school established in Clayfield in 1901. In the late twenties it was decided that there were insufficient facilities at the Clayfield location, and the school was moved to Toowong on Kensington Terrace.

The Regatta Hotel, viewed from Coronation Drive

Toowong has two main drinking establishments, the Regatta Hotel and the Royal Exchange Hotel, both of which are historic hotels. The three storey Regatta hotel contained accommodation on the upper two floors and a public bar and lounge area on the ground floor. In 1965 a protest took place in the public bar of the Regatta Hotel when Merle Thornton (mother of Australian actress Sigrid Thornton) and another woman chained themselves to the bar in protest of public bars in Queensland being restricted to men only.

The Royal Exchange Hotel

Built in 1986, Toowong Village is an office tower and shopping centre situated at the centre of Toowong. The blue glass office tower is a prominent landmark visible from Toowong and surrounding suburbs. The shopping centre situated on the lower levels of the office tower contains the Toowong Railway Station, Brisbane City Library and the standard mix of retail stores.

Located on Sylvan Road, Toowong Memorial Park is a large park with gum trees, football ovals and a commanding view of the suburb. It was officially opened in 1918 in honour of those who enlisted from the Town of Toowong during the World War I. The park contains the Soldiers' Memorial on top of the hill was dedicated in 1922 and an RSL memorial is located near the Memorial gates on Sylvan Road, and also contains the Western Districts Rugby Football Club and a Basketball centre. Anzac Park is located next to the Western Freeway opposite the Toowong Cemetery. Originally the land was part of the cemetery grounds, but was converted to a rifle range in 1877. At the end of World War I the trees were planted in memory of the men from Toowong. The park land was proposed as a site for the Botanic Gardens, but the construction of the Western Freeway forced the move of the proposed site to its current location closer to Mount Coot-tha. The Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium are located at the base of Mount Coot-tha.

The Toowong pool was a 25 yard (23 metres) pool with timber grandstands and dressing sheds, originally built in the 1920s. The facilities were reconstructed and re-opened in 1959, to commemorate Queensland's centenary. These later works were designed by James Birrell, Brisbane City Chief Architect. The pool was demolished in 2003 to make way for the development of an office tower on the site.

The original Toowong Municipal Library was built 1961 on Coronation Drive opposite the Toowong pool, and was the district library for the western suburbs. The library was also designed by Brisbane City Chief Architect James Birell, and is one of the few remaining examples of his work. The library is now used as commercial premises. The building comprises a two storey library surrounded by trees and landscaped terraces, with cavity brick lower floor, the structure is formed by three intersecting circles. Above this base floor is a ‘floating’ crystalline form with 12 sided polygon (dodecagon) floor plan whose external walls taper outward as they rise and which houses the principal public floor of the library. The external steel wall framing of the upper floor is diagonally braced, and sheeted with plywood panels set within the structural framing and framed with silky oak beading. The library originally had a hemi-spherical skylight above its centre, which has now been replaced by an enclosure for mechanical equipment.

The library was threatened for closure in 1982 following the opening of a new municipal library at Indooroopilly in 1981. The Toowong Library did in fact close but local residents’ action saw it re-opened in 1983. Alterations were made to the building in 1983 when one of the rooms on the lower floor was acquired for use by the local councillor as a ward office, until 2005. Despite a campaign by local residents to prevent the closure of the library and redevelopment of the library and adjoining swimming pool site, the library was moved to Toowong Village shopping centre in March 2001, and the original building, which is protected by Heritage listing, is now business premises.[4]

The workshops and a bus depot of Brisbane Transport is located at the western end of the suburb.

Transport[edit]

Toowong is a major transport node, with almost all bus and train routes passing through Toowong from the western suburbs.

By Train, The Toowong train station on the Ipswich Line is located under Toowong Village.

By Bus, Buses travel along Coronation Drive from the city stopping on Benson Street and then on towards the University of Queensland, or stop on High Street outside the Royal Exchange Hotel and continue towards Indooroopilly and other western suburbs.

By Road, Toowong is accessed by Coronation Drive and Milton Road from the north, and by Moggill Road and the Western Freeway to the south and west. The main roads inside Toowong are High Street and Sherwood road.

By City Cat, the Regatta CityCat stop located outside the Regatta Hotel on Coronation Drive allows transport downstream towards the Brisbane CBD and upstream towards the University of Queensland

By Bicycle, Toowong two main bicycle paths, one that starts at Coronation Drive and proceed towards the University of Queensland and the second that again starts from Coronation Drive but runs to and along the Western Freeway.

Community groups[edit]

The West Toowong Community Association was formed in 1999 by a group of residents concerned about what they saw as increasing inappropriate development in the area. The group soon branched out to protect and develop community activities in the suburb. It has run several campaigns about development in the area including an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the demolition of the James Birrel designed Toowong Pool, and a successful campaign to prevent the construction of a mobile phone relay station tower within a residential area of West Toowong. It was also instrumental in successfully lobbying for the construction of a safe crossing over the Western Freeway at Toowong, which was hotly opposed by other Toowong's residents and prompted the creation of opposing associations. The overpass was eventually successfully built, providing safe access from Anzac Park to footpaths and cycle paths leading to Mt Cootha and other recreational areas.[5]

The Vera Street Community Garden was formed in 2005 and operates as a community vegetable growing and creek rehabilitation group. Open to members of the public, it is located within the grounds of the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (entrance via Vera St). This public garden is located on state government land, the former site of a Chinese market garden.[6]

Western Group of the Brisbane City Unit[7] of the Queensland State Emergency Service[8] has its headquarters at Perrin Park in Josling St. This site is shared with the Brisbane City Council Parks & Trees and the Toowong Community Meeting Place.

Toowong is home to one of the first four Scout troops in to be founded in Queensland in 1908. One hundred years on and Toowong has since merged with Milton & Taringa Scout troops but celebrates its 100 years as the oldest Scout troop in Queensland. Taring-Milton-Toowong Scout Troop is also known for their annual Scout rally which is one of the longest running Scout rallies in the world.

Politics[edit]

2008 Local elections[9]
  Liberal 52.08%
  Labor 26.40%
  Greens 21.52%

Toowong belongs to the local council Toowong Ward which also includes parts of surrounding suburbs. The current councillor, Peter Matic of the Liberal National Party, has a background in law [10] and has represented the Toowong ward since 2007. The previous Toowong Ward representative was Judy Magub (1992 until 2007).

Toowong is split between two State government electoral divisions, Indooroopilly and the Mount Coot-tha.

Toowong belongs to the federal government electoral division of Ryan.

Sport[edit]

The West Juniors Australian rules football club has its home ground at Oakman Park in Toowong.

Toowong FC (Football Club) [soccer] has its home ground at Dunmore Park ( cnr Roy and Evans Roads) in Auchenflower. The club consists of 17 kids teams [Age 4 Up], 3 Senior Women's Teams and 5 Senior Men's Teams.

Western Suburbs Bulldogs (Rugby Union Club) has its home grounds in Toowong Memorial Park, on Sylvan Road, alongside the train lines and just down the road from the famous Regatta Hotel.

History[edit]

In 1861 the McDougall pastoral lease, which extended to Moggill, was broken up and sold. Several early settlers subdivided their blocks, including Richard Drew who named his subdivision the 'Village of Toowong' in 1865. Toowong started developing with the arrival of the Ipswich railway line in 1875. It was originally suburb of detached villas and large yards owned by an elite upper-middle class that worked in the city and socialised with each other. As access to the suburb improved with regular train services the population increased. The Shire of Toowong was created in 1880, in response to a petition from Toowong residents. In 1881 the population numbered 1,275 and seven years later it had almost doubled to 2,230. By 1901 the population numbered around 4,700.

Tram at the Toowong tram terminus c. 1910

In 1903 the Brisbane Tramways Company built a tram line along Milton Road to service the western side of the suburb. Initially the tram line terminated at the cemetery, but was later extended up Dean Street, to the home of the then Manager of the tram company Joseph Stillman Badger. In 1922, along with the rest of Brisbane's tram system, the line was taken over by the government (see Brisbane Transport.) The tram line closed in December 1962, after the disastrous Paddington tram depot fire.

Toowong has been part of a number of different local governments:

Folklore[edit]

Toowong is mentioned in the folksong Brisbane Ladies (c 1891) [1] which begins

Farewell and adieu to you, Brisbane ladies
Farewell and adieu, you maids of Toowong

Notable people[edit]

Anatomist and anthropologist Raymond Dart was born in Toowong in 1893. Bernard Fanning, lead vocalist of Australian band Powderfinger was born in Toowong on 15 August 1969. Toowong is the home to Ziggy the bagman, a homeless man who has been a controversial issue for Brisbane.

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Community services and facilities[edit]

Some of them are located in Toowong Village and others include historic Toowong Cemetery [24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABS Statistics for Toowong
  2. ^ "Toowong (entry 47847)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Toowong Cemetery Heritage Register
  4. ^ Toowong Library Heritage Register
  5. ^ West Toowong Community Association
  6. ^ Vera Street Community Garden
  7. ^ Brisbane City State Emergency Service Blog
  8. ^ State Emergency Service page on Department of Emergency Services webpage
  9. ^ Electoral Commission of Queensland - 2008 Brisbane City - Councillor Election - Toowong - Ward Summary
  10. ^ Peter Matic profile
  11. ^ "Richard Randall Art Studio (entry 15074)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  12. ^ "Warrawee (entry 15107)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola (entry 19657)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  14. ^ "Mount St Mary's Convent (entry 16362)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  15. ^ "Brisbane Boys College (entry 15112)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  16. ^ "Toowong Memorial Park (entry 19581)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  17. ^ "St Thomas Church of England (entry 15111)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  18. ^ "Caskey Monument (entry 15110)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  19. ^ "Temple of Peace (entry 15109)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  20. ^ "Trooper Cobb's Grave (entry 15108)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  21. ^ "Toowong Cemetery (entry 16510)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  22. ^ "Regatta Hotel (entry 15106)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  23. ^ "Toowong Municipal Library (entry 16747)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  24. ^ http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCC:BASE::pc=PC_911,

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