Basin Pocket, Queensland

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Basin Pocket
Bremer River from Basin Pocket, Queensland.jpg
Bremer River and park, 2015
Basin Pocket is located in Queensland
Basin Pocket
Basin Pocket
Coordinates27°36′05″S 152°46′13″E / 27.6013°S 152.7702°E / -27.6013; 152.7702 (Basin Pocket (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°36′05″S 152°46′13″E / 27.6013°S 152.7702°E / -27.6013; 152.7702 (Basin Pocket (centre of suburb))
Population890 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,480/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Area0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Ipswich
State electorate(s)Ipswich
Federal Division(s)Blair
Suburbs around Basin Pocket:
North Ipswich Tivoli Moores Pocket
North Ipswich Basin Pocket East Ipswich
North Ipswich North Ipswich East Ipswich

Basin Pocket is a suburb of Ipswich in the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Basin Pocket had a population of 890 people.[1]


The suburb is bordered to the north and west by the Bremer River, and to the east and south by East Ipswich.[3]

The land use is almost entirely residential apart from parkland along the riverbank. There are no shops in the suburb but there a small set of shops providing basic services on the corner of Chermside Road and Jacaranda Street in East Ipswich just beyond the south-eastern boundary of Basin Pocket.[3]


The origin of the suburb name is derived from "The Basin", an enlarged natural widening used by river steamers to turn before or after berthing at Ipswich, to which the suburb is adjacent. The explorer Allan Cunningham noted the Basin in 1828, and the Rev. Dr John Dunmore Lang suggested that Basin Pocket or Booval might have been a better site for the main settlement.[4]

A ferry service between Basin Pocket and North Ipswich was established by William Isaac Lawrence sometime after his family settled there in the 1860s. (This service does not exist today).

St John's Anglican Church was opened on 3 September 1921 by Canon T. L. H. Jenkyn, the rector of St Paul's Anglican Church in Ipswich.[5] It was dedicated on 11 September 1921 by Archbishop Gerald Sharp. Its closure circa 2018 was approved by Bishop Cameron Venables.[6] The church was at 82 Blackall Street (27°36′13″S 152°46′16″E / 27.6035°S 152.7712°E / -27.6035; 152.7712).[7][8]

St Philomene's Catholic Church was dedicated on 2 June 1940 by Archbishop James Duhig.[9]

At the 2011 census Basin Pocket recorded a population of 861 people.[10]

In the 2016 census Basin Pocket had a population of 890 people.[1]


  • J Perrett Memorial Park
  • McLeod Street Park and Planned Boat Ramp
  • Horace J Harper Band Hall (Home of the Ipswich Model Band Est.1906 - the oldest surviving Brass, Concert Band in Ipswich)
  • West End Football Club


There are no schools in Basin Pocket. The nearest primary school is Ipswich East State School in neighbouring East Ipswich to the south-east. The nearest government secondary schools are Bremer State High School in Ipswich to the south-west and Bundamba State Secondary College in Bundamba to the south-east. Other secondary schools are Ipswich Girls Grammar School, St Mary's Catholic College Ipswich, St Edmund's College Ipswich and Ipswich Grammar School all within 5 kilometres.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Basin Pocket (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Basin Pocket – suburb in City of Ipswich (entry 45026)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Suburb and Place Names". Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Church building". Queensland Times. LXIII (11, 076). Queensland, Australia. 5 September 1921. p. 5. Retrieved 3 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. "Closed Churches". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  7. ^ "St John's Anglican Church". Google Maps (Street View). Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  8. ^ "St John's Anglican Church - Former". Churches Australia. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  9. ^ "New church". Queensland Times. LXXIX (16, 700). Queensland, Australia. 3 June 1940. p. 4. Retrieved 3 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Basin Pocket (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 September 2014. Edit this at Wikidata

External links[edit]

  • "Basin Pocket". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.