Oakleigh House, 2011
|• Density||2,770/km2 (7,160/sq mi)|
|Area||1.4 km2 (0.5 sq mi)|
|Location||3 km (2 mi) from Brisbane|
|LGA(s)||City of Brisbane|
|State electorate(s)||Ashgrove, Brisbane Central|
Wilston, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, is located approximately three kilometres from the Brisbane central business district, and is a mixture of old and the new styles of architecture, from workers' cottages to modern architect-designed homes on Wilston Hill.
Wilston is home to many professionals, including many medical professionals, due to its inner city location, proximity to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and views of the city that are available from more elevated streets.
In recent years, the area has been transformed by the revamping of Kedron Brook Road, an early precursor to the City Council’s urban renewal process that was to roll out across much of inner Brisbane. This has seen a vibrant hub of al-fresco dining evolve, which in turn has increased the popularity of the area and led to a significant increase in the cost of housing in recent years.
Residents are also well serviced by public transport (Wilston train station and regular bus routes) and leisure parks and walkways running alongside Enoggera Creek. The area is also close to local sporting grounds such as Downey Park and Ballymore Stadium.
According to the 2001 Census there were 3,311 people living in the suburb with a median age of 33. The median individual income was between $500 and $599 per week. Of all occupied private dwellings 60% were either fully owned or being purchased; 35% were being rented.
In the 2011 Census the population of Wilston is 3,872, 50.1% female and 49.9% male. The median/average age of the Wilston population is 35 years of age, 2 years below the Australian average. 76% of people living in Wilston were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 4.5%, New Zealand 3.2%, Italy 1.3%, India 1.1%, South Africa 0.7%. 87.4% of people speak English as their first language 1.9% Italian, 0.6% German, 0.6% Cantonese, 0.6% Mandarin, 0.5% Punjabi.
The Turrbal clan occupied what is today known as Wilston.
The area became known as Wilston after the home of the same name built there by the Honourable William Wilson MLC, who settled in the district in 1868. The home, which was constructed circa 1876, was named Wilston House after Wilson's birthplace home at Derrykeeghan Mills. Enniskillen County Fermanagh, Ireland.(The family believes it is short for Wilson Town)
In 1884 the land passed to businessman John Stevenson MLA, who subdivided the property.
Between 1924 and 1931 Estates were created to provide more land for housing development.
James Tolson, a short-term resident of Wilston House, conducted important experiments in chilling mutton for export from Australia to Great Britain.
Major General William Cahill, a commissioner of police in Queensland, also lived at Wilston House for a period. During his residence he further developed the grounds, which became known as a sanctuary for birds and native fauna.
Peter Beattie, the former Premier of Queensland, had previously resided in this suburb.
Oakleigh House, at 17 Murray Street, Wilston, has been a landmark for over fifty years. It was occupied, from 1902, by George Murray, a Brisbane police magistrate and postmaster. It is a colonial timber house which still stands proudly preserved today.
In 1905, 29 Murray Street was built for the Zoeller family. The house became a reception centre in June 1948, and was the venue for over 25,000 wedding and other receptions until in 1990, 'Oakleigh' was also converted to a function venue, and both houses operated as such until 1995.
There are two schools in the area, Wilston State School in Primrose Street and St Columba's Primary in Kedron Brook Road. St Columba's Primary will hold their Great Fete on 31 July 2010. Wilston State School Parents and Citizens Association held their Carnivale of Colour art show and circus in May 2010.
Sporting clubs in the area include Wilston Norths Junior Cricket Club, Wilston Grange Australian Football Club, Fortitude Valley Rugby League Football Club and St Andrews Ladies Hockey Club. Other clubs include DAT Racing (triathlon), Wilston Crocs (swimming club), Lococo Tennis and the nearby Grange Bowls Club.
Wilston Village in Kedron Brook Road is the main retail area. Local stores in the area are supplemented by larger centres at HomeZone at Windsor, Lutwyche Shopping Centre and slightly further away at Stafford and Brookside.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wilston (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "Uanda (entry 16893)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wilston, Queensland.|
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Wilston
- "Wilston". BRISbites. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008.
- "Wilston". Our Brisbane. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008.
- Wilston Village
- Wilston State School Parents and Citizens Association
- Wilston Norths Junior Cricket Club
- Wilston Grange Australian Football Club
- Fortitude Valley Rugby League Football Club
- St Andrews Ladies Hockey Club