Blackstone, Queensland

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Thomas Street, Blackstone, Queensland.jpg
Thomas Street, 2015
Blackstone is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°37′47″S 152°48′11″E / 27.6297°S 152.8030°E / -27.6297; 152.8030Coordinates: 27°37′47″S 152°48′11″E / 27.6297°S 152.8030°E / -27.6297; 152.8030
Population1,024 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density269/km2 (698/sq mi)
Area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Ipswich
State electorate(s)Bundamba
Federal Division(s)Blair
Suburbs around Blackstone:
Silkstone Bundamba New Chum
Raceview Blackstone New Chum
Raceview Swanbank Swanbank

Blackstone is a suburb of Ipswich in the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Blackstone had a population of 1,024 people.[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.[3]

The area is renowned for its mining history and in 1866 Welshman Lewis Thomas established one of the first mines in the area.[4] 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.[4]

Blackstone State School opened on 17 January 1887 and closed on 31 December 2009.[5][6] The school was at 14 Hill Street (27°37′34″S 152°48′14″E / 27.626°S 152.804°E / -27.626; 152.804 (Blackstone State School)).[7][8]

At the 2011 census the suburb recorded a population of 1,017.[9]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


There are no schools in Blackstone. The nearest primary schools are in neighbouring Silkstone, Raceview and Bundamba. The nearest secondary schools are in Bundamba and Ipswich CBD (Bremer State High School).[12]


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:[13]

  • Bundamba to Redbank:
  • Blackheath
  • Box Flat
  • Fairbank
  • Aberdare
  • Bogside
  • No 2, Mafeking
  • Denham
  • Swanbank
  • Bonnie Dundee
  • Rhondda
  • Whitwood
  • New Chum.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Blackstone (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Blackstone – suburb in City of Ipswich (entry 48353)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Blackstone (entry 47394)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Suburb and Place Names". Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Agency ID 4852, Blackstone State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  7. ^ "14 Hill Street, Blackstone QLD 4304 - Land & Development Property For Sale | Commercial Real Estate". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  8. ^ Chiclcott, Tanya; Vlasic, Kimberley (7 June 2013). "Full school asssets sale list". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Blackstone (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ "United Welsh Church, Blackstone (entry 600548)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  11. ^ a b c "Ipswich Heritage Study". Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Railways". Archived from the original on 28 August 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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