Zillmere, Queensland

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Zillmere
BrisbaneQueensland
Coordinates 27°21′30″S 153°03′00″E / 27.35833°S 153.05000°E / -27.35833; 153.05000Coordinates: 27°21′30″S 153°03′00″E / 27.35833°S 153.05000°E / -27.35833; 153.05000
Population 8,105 (2011)[1]
 • Density 2,191/km2 (5,670/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4034
Area 3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Location 14 km (9 mi) from Brisbane
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Nudgee
Federal Division(s) Lilley
Suburbs around Zillmere:
Carseldine Fitzgibbon Taigum
Aspley Zillmere Taigum
Chermside Geebung Virginia

Zillmere is a suburb within the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) north of the Brisbane central business district.[2]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census the population of Zillmere is 8,105, 51.2% female and 48.8% male.

The median/average age of the Zillmere population is 34 years of age, 3 years below the Australian average.

67.1% of people living in Zillmere were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 4.8%, India 3.3%, England 2.8%, Philippines 1.7%, Italy 0.7%.

77.5% of people speak English as their first language 1.4% Punjabi, 1.1% Samoan, 0.9% Tagalog, 0.8% Karen, 0.8% Cantonese.

History[edit]

The Turrbal Aborigines occupied the region north of Brisbane River, including the area covered by Zillmere.

With European settlement, the area came to be known as Zillman's Waterholes, named after Johann Leopold Zillmann (1813–1892), a pioneering Lutheran missionary who served at the mission station nearby at Nundah. In January 1872, the Brisbane Courier [3] described Zillman's Waterholes as being situated between Cabbage Tree Creek and Downfall Creek. It was settled with twenty-seven small farmers residing on the land. At the time there were "two chapels, a brickyard and pottery". The settlers grew pineapples, pigs and other small crops. After the North Coast Railway Line was extended to Petrie in 1888, the railway station servicing the area was named Zillmere. By the time the first housing estate was marketed in 1897, the area was also being called Zillmere. A slaughterhouse and curing works was established in 1898 by J.C. Hutton Pty Ltd to slaughter and process pigs from regional farms.[4]

Zillmere in the 1950s showing State Housing Commission Projects and migrant barracks

During the 1950s, the Housing Commission [5] reclaimed farmland to construct prefabricated houses imported from France. This established Zillmere as a suburban centre. Migrant barracks near Church Road were used to resettle post-war European immigrants until they were destroyed by fire in the mid 1950s.

Today Zillmere is approximately 60% residential and 40% industrial.[6] In recent years parts of its shopping district have been updated as part of the Brisbane City Council's urban renewal project.

Etymology[edit]

The word Zillmere can be broken into two parts Zill and mere. The first part of the conjugation is the first part of Zillmann meaning Sail maker in old German dialects. Spelling variations of this family name include: Zyll, Zyl, Zeil, Ziel, Zyller, Zyllmann, Zillmann, Zylhoffer. The word mere is recorded in Old English, corresponding to Old Saxon meri, Old Low Franconian *meri (Dutch meer), Old High German mari / meri (German Meer), Goth. mari-, marei, Old Norse marr (Swedish mar-, French mare). They derive from reconstituted Germanic *mari, itself from Indo-European *mori, the same root as marsh and moor. The Indo-European root gave also birth to similar words in the other European languages : Latin mare 'sea' (Italian mare, French mer), Old Celtic *mori 'sea' (Gaulish mori-, more, Irish muir, Welsh môr, Breton mor), Old Slavic morje.[7][8] Therefore Zillmere is the conjugation for Zillman's Waterholes, which were in turn named after early German pioneer Leopold Zillman.[2]

Amenities[edit]

Zillmere has a busy local shopping centre on the east side of the railway line adjacent to the railway station. The centre includes a Superpharm IGA, newsagent, 7/11, Domino's Pizza, pharmacy, florist, bakery, barber, tailor, bicycle shop, service station and veterinary surgery.

Educational institutions located in Zillmere are:

(a) Government schools -

Churches located in Zillmere are:

A council library, health facilities and public transport options are located in Zillmere.

Sport and culture[edit]

Zillmere includes North Star Football Club, who play in the Brisbane Premier League in 2012 and Zillmere Eagles Australian Football Club.

Zillmere hosts the Zillmere Multicultural Festival (known as Zillfest). This is an annual event showcasing performing arts, crafts, delicacies and traditions of local cultural groups. There is a program of performers demonstrating traditional dances and an 'open mike' session for local talent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Zillmere (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Zillmere (entry 43064)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  3. ^ The Brisbane Courier 20 January 1872 - Zillman's Waterholes
  4. ^ The History of the Oxley Meat Factory - Foggitt Jones Ltd, J.C. Hutton Pty Ltd, Tancred Bros 1903-1992 by Lona (Price) Grantham, May 1998.
  5. ^ Housing Commission History
  6. ^ REIQ - Profile for Zillmere
  7. ^ English Etymology, T. F. Hoad, Oxford University Press
  8. ^ Das Herkunftswörterbuch, Duden Band 7, Dudenverlag.
  9. ^ Haigh, George (1983). 100 Years Venturing in Faith. Brisbane: E K Williams Pty Ltd. p. 9. ISBN 0-909116-38-5. 

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