Auchenflower, Queensland

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Auchenflower seen from the river, Brisbane, Feb 2020.jpg
Auchenflower seen from the Brisbane River
Auchenflower is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°28′24″S 152°59′38″E / 27.4733°S 152.9938°E / -27.4733; 152.9938 (Auchenflower (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°28′24″S 152°59′38″E / 27.4733°S 152.9938°E / -27.4733; 152.9938 (Auchenflower (centre of suburb))
Population5,870 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density3,910/km2 (10,100/sq mi)
Area1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Paddington Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Ryan
Suburbs around Auchenflower:
Bardon Paddington Milton
Toowong Auchenflower Milton
Toowong Toowong West End

Auchenflower /ˈɔːkənfl.ər/ is an inner suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Auchenflower had a population of 5,870 people.[1]

Torwood is a neighbourhood (27°28′11″S 152°59′38″E / 27.4697°S 152.9939°E / -27.4697; 152.9939 (Torwood)) within Auchenflower.[4]


Auchenflower is located 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) west of the Brisbane CBD bordering the Brisbane River.


Looking southward across the Brisbane River from Auchenflower across Chasely Street to West End around 1910

The area was formerly populated by rural estates, one of which was named Auchenflower by Thomas McIlwraith circa 1880. The name Auchenflower is a Gaelic word meaning field of flowers.[3]

Between 1900 and 1962 Auchenflower was served by trams running along Milton Road from Toowong. The services were withdrawn after the disastrous Paddington tram depot fire.

In May 1920, "Drysllwyn Estate" made up of 37 allotments was advertised to be auctioned by Cameron Bros, auctioneers. A map advertising the auction states that the Estate is opposite the residence "Drysllwyn" and near Auchenflower Railway Station.[5][6]

Auchenflower Infants' Provisional School opened on 30 January 1922. It closed in 1960.[7]

St Alban the Martyr Anglican Church was dedicated by Archbishop Gerald Sharp on 18 November 1923.[8][9] In 1954 the foundation stone for a new church building was laid by Archbishop Philip Strong.[10] The church's deconsecration and closure in 2015 was approved by Local Bishop Godfrey Fryar. The site is being redeveloped for residential apartments.[11][12]

In 1975, the first NightOwl convenience store was opened in the suburb.

From 1975 to 1986, Auchenflower was officially a neighbourhood with the suburb of Toowong, but obtained independent suburb status on 16 November 1986.[3][13]

In January 2011, Auchenflower experienced flooding as part of the 2010–11 Queensland floods.[14]

In the 2016 census, Auchenflower had a population of 5,870 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


In the 2016 census, Auchenflower recorded a population of 5,870 people, 50% female and 50% male.

The median age of the Auchenflower population was 31 years of age, 7 years below the Australian median.

67.9% of people were born in Australia., compared to the national average of 66.7; the next most common countries of birth were England 3.2%, New Zealand 2.9%, India 2.2% and China 1.8%.

77.0% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin at 2.1%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 38.5% and Catholic 21.4%.[1]


The Wesley Hospital is a private hospital located near the Auchenflower train station.

Auchenflower Stadium (also known as NAB Stadium), previously known as The Auchendome, is a basketball centre in Auchenflower, Queensland.


By train, the Auchenflower railway station is the second station on the Ipswich line west of Roma Street railway station.

By bus, Auchenflower is served by most western suburb bus routes operated by Brisbane Transport.

By road, Auchenflower has two main roads through the suburb, Coronation Drive and Milton Road, both running from the Brisbane CBD towards the western suburbs. As of 2006 the "TransApex" traffic proposal touted by the former Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman, involves the construction of a major road tunnel system through Brisbane, including one to run under Toowong, Auchenflower and Milton, possibly along the alignment of Milton Road.

By bicycle, the Bicentennial Bikeway runs along the Brisbane River allowing access to the Brisbane CBD through to Toowong.


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Auchenflower (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Paddington Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Auchenflower – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 49850)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Torwood – unbounded locality in City of Brisbane (entry 40923)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Drysllwyn Estate, Auchenflower". State Library of Queensland. 1920. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph (14, 802). Queensland, Australia. 6 May 1920. p. 12. Retrieved 1 June 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  8. ^ "Parish". Anglican Parish of Auchenflower - Milton. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  9. ^ "CHURCH OF ST. ALBAN, THE MARTYR, AT AUCHENFLOWER". The Telegraph (15, 905). Queensland, Australia. 20 November 1923. p. 4 (SECOND EDITION). Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "St Alban's Anglican Church Milton Road, Auchenflower". Organ Historical Trust of Australia. January 2017. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Closed Anglican Churches". Anglican Church South Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  12. ^ "St Alban The Martyr Anglican Church - Former". Churches Australia. Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Item ID2627737, Queensland Place Names Act 1981 - Approval of Place Name. - Mr W.H Glasson". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  14. ^ Feeney, Katherine (12 January 2011). "Evacuees 'not ok but trying'". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 16 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  15. ^ "Raymont Lodge (entry 600051)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Moorlands (entry 600052)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.


  • Clark, Howard R.; Keenan, David R. (1985) [1977]. Brisbane Tramways: The Last Decade (Reprint ed.). Transit Press. ISBN 0-909338-01-9.
  • Cole, J. R. (1984). Shaping a City: Greater Brisbane 1925–1985. Brisbane.

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