Graceville, Queensland

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Christ the King Catholic church
Graceville is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°31′16″S 152°58′55″E / 27.5211°S 152.9819°E / -27.5211; 152.9819Coordinates: 27°31′16″S 152°58′55″E / 27.5211°S 152.9819°E / -27.5211; 152.9819
Population4,634 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,210/km2 (5,720/sq mi)
Area2.1 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location8 km (5 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Tennyson Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Miller
Federal Division(s)Moreton
Suburbs around Graceville:
Chelmer Chelmer Chelmer
Fig Tree Pocket Graceville Indooroopilly
Sherwood Sherwood Tennyson

Graceville is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Graceville had a population of 4634 people.[1]


Real estate map of The Graceville Estate, ca. 1888

Graceville is located 7.8 kilometres (4.8 mi) south-west of the Brisbane CBD, and is bordered by the Brisbane River to the North-East and West, Oxley Creek to the East, Chelmer to the North and Sherwood to the South.

The suburb is centred on its own railway station on the Ipswich railway line, and is predominantly residential, with houses generally being in the Queenslander style. The main roads in Graceville are Oxley Road, Graceville Avenue and Honour Avenue. The suburb also has a number of parks including Simpson's Playground, Graceville Memorial Park, and Faulkner Park.


The suburb takes its name from its railway station, which in turn was named on 4 February 1875 by the Queensland Railways Department after Grace Grimes, the daughter of Samuel Grimes.[3][4]

In 1879, the local government area of Yeerongpilly Division was created. In 1891, parts of Yeerongpilly Division were excised to create Sherwood Division becoming a Shire in 1903 which contained the suburb of Graceville. In 1925, the Shire of Sherwood was amalgamated into the City of Brisbane.[5]

Graceville State School opened on 13 August 1928.[6]

Christ the King Catholic Primary School opened on 25 January 1937 with an initial 60 students with four Presentation Sisters as teachers.[6][7]

St Peter's Anglican Church was dedicated on 1 July 19556 by Vernerable Frank Knight. Its last service was held on 27 February 1982.[8] It was on Graceville Avenue (approx 27°31′20″S 152°59′00″E / 27.5221°S 152.9832°E / -27.5221; 152.9832 (St Peter's Anglican Church (former))).[9][10]


Graceville State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 23 Acacia Avenue (27°31′03″S 152°58′43″E / 27.5175°S 152.9787°E / -27.5175; 152.9787 (Graceville State School)).[11][12] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 761 students with 58 teachers (44 full-time equivalent) and 18 non-teaching staff (14 full-time equivalent).[13]

Christ the King School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 7 Randolph Street (27°31′11″S 152°58′39″E / 27.5197°S 152.9774°E / -27.5197; 152.9774 (Christ the King School)).[11][14] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 267 students with 23 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) and 15 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).[13]

There are no secondary schools in Graceville; the nearest are in Corinda and Indooroopilly.[15]


Graceville also houses a number of sporting clubs, such as Souths Graceville Lions Rugby League Club, South West United Hockey Club, West Taylor Bridge Rugby Club, Rangers Netball Club, Western Suburbs Cricket Club and Graceville Amateur Swimming Club, which is based at Graceville State School.


Park along the Brisbane River, 2015

In the 2011 census, Graceville recorded a population of 4,213 people, 51.7% female and 48.3% male. The median age of the Graceville population was 37 years of age, the same as the national median. 77.1% of people living in Graceville were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 4.4%, New Zealand 2.9%, United States of America 1.1%, Scotland 0.9%, South Africa 0.8%. 89.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 0.8% Vietnamese, 0.7% Mandarin, 0.6% Polish, 0.5% German, 0.5% Cantonese.

Landmarks and architecture[edit]

Graceville Uniting Church

One of Graceville's most recognisable landmarks is the Graceville Uniting Church, on the intersection of Oxley Road and Verney Road East. The church was completed in 1930 and designed and built by local contractor Walter Taylor who was responsible for many local landmarks including the Walter Taylor Bridge which was named after him. Another landmark is the Graceville Memorial Oval, which has the Memorial for the soldiers who died in wars that lived in the area, and also serves as the home of both Western Suburbs Cricket Club and Wests Taylor Bridge Rugby Club.

Heritage listings[edit]

Railway at Graceville, ~1915

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


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Graceville (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Tennyson Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Graceville - suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 48295)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Graceville - railway station in City of Brisbane (entry 14512)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  5. ^ Fones, Ralph (1 January 1993). "Suburban conservatism in the Sherwood Shire 1891-1920". UQ eSpace. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  7. ^ "Our History". Christ the King Catholic Primary School. Archived from the original on 29 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Closed Anglican Churches". Anglican Church South Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  9. ^ Gregory's Street Directory of Brisbane and Suburbs and Metropolitan Road Guide (11 ed.). 1975. pp. Map 42 B10.
  10. ^ Universal Business Directories (Aust.) Pty. Ltd (1990). UBD street directory. Brisbane. Universal Business Directories (Australia). pp. Map 33 K7.
  11. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Graceville State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Christ the King School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Beth-Eden (entry 600215)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Graceville Railway Station (entry 602717)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  18. ^ "Graceville Memorial Park (entry 602443)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  19. ^ "Graceville Uniting Church Complex (entry 601584)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Fones, Ralph, 1932-; Oxley-Chelmer History Group (1999), Graceville! : a quick glimpse history ("Hot Cake" ed.), Oxley-Chelmer History Group, retrieved 30 July 2019CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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