Blackstone, Queensland

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Thomas Street, Blackstone, Queensland.jpg
Thomas Street, 2015
Blackstone is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°37′39″S 152°48′11″E / 27.62750°S 152.80306°E / -27.62750; 152.80306Coordinates: 27°37′39″S 152°48′11″E / 27.62750°S 152.80306°E / -27.62750; 152.80306
Population1,017 (2011)[1]
LGA(s)City of Ipswich
State electorate(s)Bundamba
Federal Division(s)Blair
Suburbs around Blackstone:
Silkstone Bundamba New Chum
Silkstone Blackstone New Chum
Raceview Swanbank Redbank Plains

Blackstone is a suburb of the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.[2] At the 2011 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 1,017.[1]


Brynhyfryd mansion, Blackstone (demolished 1937)

The district was originally called Bundamba Creek but this caused confusion with nearby Bundamba, so the postmistress Mrs Orr proposed the name Blackstone, believed to be a place in Ireland.[2] The area is renowned for its mining history and in 1866 Welshman Lewis Thomas established one of the first mines in the area[3]. Blackstone has a rich Welsh history with Lewis Thomas having populated the community with Welsh miners and their families, who in turn established their own Cambrian choir and church in 1886, a School of Arts in 1891, a Soccer club in 1890, and public school in 1887[3].

Blackstone State School opened on 17 January 1887 and closed on 31 December 2009.[4][5]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

  • 14 Mary Street: Blackstone Congregational Church, Blackstone[7]
  • 6 Thomas Street: United Welsh Church, Blackstone[7]
  • 20 Thomas Street: Cambrian House, Blackstone[7]
  • 16 Hill Street: Blackstone State School, Blackstone[7]


After switching to mining at Dinmore in 1870, Thomas returned to open his first Aberdare Mine in 1876 and prospered thereafter. In 1881 the government granted him permission to build a private railway which developed by 1903 into a loop line connecting the mines from

  • Bundamba to Redbank:
  • Blackheath,
  • Box Flat,
  • Fairbank
  • ,Aberdare,
  • Bogside
  • No 2, Mafeking
  • Denham,
  • Swanbank
  • Bonnie Dundee
  • Rhondda
  • Whitwood
    Swanbank Extension 20 October 2015
    and New Chum.[8]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Blackstone (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Blackstone (entry 47394)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Suburb and Place Names". Ipswich City Council. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Agency ID4852, Blackstone State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  6. ^ "United Welsh Church, Blackstone (entry 600548)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "Ipswich Heritage Study". Ipswich City Council. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Railways". Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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