Gumdale, Queensland

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Grassdale Road, 2014
Gumdale is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°29′41″S 153°09′21″E / 27.4947°S 153.1558°E / -27.4947; 153.1558 (Gumdale (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°29′41″S 153°09′21″E / 27.4947°S 153.1558°E / -27.4947; 153.1558 (Gumdale (centre of suburb))
Population2,118 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density471/km2 (1,219/sq mi)
Area4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location17.7 km (11 mi) ESE of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Chandler Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Chatsworth
Federal division(s)Bonner
Suburbs around Gumdale:
Tingalpa Wakerley Wakerley
Belmont Gumdale Ransome
Belmont Chandler Chandler

Gumdale is an outer suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Gumdale had a population of 2,118 people.[1]


Gundale is 17.7 kilometres (11.0 mi) by road ESE of the Brisbane CBD. The average property size in Gumdale is approximately between 5,000 to 10,000 square metres (1.2 to 2.5 acres) making Gumdale consist mostly of acreages. However, access to Brisbane city is only 15 to 20 minutes away by car. Gumdale has several new development sites consisting of less than 5% of housing, the other 95% are acreages. It is Brisbane's nearest acreage suburb to the CBD.[citation needed]


Gumdale Hall on New Cleveland Road opened in 1937

The Grassdale Land Company Limited formed on 8 January 1885 to acquire the property known as Grassdale Paddocks, in the parish of Tingalpa, with registered shareholders holding 80 shares of 250 pounds each.[4] This area is spread across the Brisbane suburbs of Gumdale, Belmont and Chandler. The company offered the land for auction in the Grassdale Estate later in 1885.[5] The allotments were situated along Grassdale Road, London Road, Boston Road, Old Cleveland Road, Archer Street and four unnamed roads (later called Belmont Road, Stanborough Road, Tilley Road and New Cleveland Road). Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in the Brisbane newspapers, calling for "the attention of the investor, capitalist, farmer, merchant, artizan [sic], and mechanic, and is only one hour’s drive from Brisbane, and as it has been decided to run the Cleveland Railway through the Estate, it will be brought within a few minutes’ ride of the heart of the city".[6] The results of the public auction on 28 November 1885 were reported in the Telegraph newspaper with "forty-two lots were disposed of, comprising an area of 144 acres..." [7] The Grassdale Land Company Limited later produced a plan of divisions of unsold land into 45 lots, listing the size and value of the lots at the time.[8]

Gumdale State School, 1940

Grassdale State School opened on 26 August 1935. In July 1942 it was renamed Gumdale State School.[9][10]

The Grassdale Public Hall opened on New Cleveland Road on Saturday 10 September 1937 after 21 months of fundraising.[11]

The Grassdale name refers the grass trees (Xanthorrhoeia) that grew in the district. When a post office was to be opened in 1941, it was desired to avoid confusion with Grassdale, South Australia and so it was announced in 1942 that the name was changed to Gumdale.[3][12]

St Francis' Anglican Church was dedicated in 1960. It held its last service on December 2005. It was at 281 Tilley Road (27°29′26″S 153°09′11″E / 27.4905°S 153.1530°E / -27.4905; 153.1530 (St Francis' Anglican Church (former))). The land was sold in 2006.[13] As at 2020, the Eastside Village shopping centre is at that site.[14]

At the 2011 census Gumdale had a population of 950 people.[15]

In the 2016 census, Gumdale had a population of 2,118 people.[1]


Gumdale State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 677 New Cleveland Road (27°29′30″S 153°09′09″E / 27.4918°S 153.1524°E / -27.4918; 153.1524 (Gumdale State School)).[16][17] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 893 students with 63 teachers (54 full-time equivalent) and 31 non-teaching staff (21 full-time equivalent).[18] It includes a special education program.[16] There are no secondary schools in Gumdale; the nearest are Brisbane Bayside State College in Wynnum West, Wynnum State High School in Wynnum and Capalaba State College in Capalaba.[19]


In the 2011 census, Gumdale recorded a population of 950 people, 48.5% female and 51.5% male.[15] The median age of the Gumdale population was 39 years of age, 2 years above the Australian median. 82.7% of people living in Gumdale were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 3.4%, England 3%, United States of America 0.9%, South Africa 0.6%, Ireland 0.6%. 92% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.6% Cantonese, 0.9% Italian, 0.9% Greek, 0.3% Hindi, 0.3% Czech.[15]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gumdale (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Chandler Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Gumdale – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 49249)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ "The Brisbane Courier". The Brisbane Courier. Vol. XXXIX, no. 8, 426. Queensland, Australia. 12 January 1885. p. 4. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Grassdale Estate 2nd Section". 1885. hdl:10462/deriv/18510. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Advertising". Queensland Figaro And Punch. Vol. VI, no. 150. Queensland, Australia. 21 November 1885. p. 39. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Commercial". The Telegraph. No. 4, 125. Queensland, Australia. 30 November 1885. p. 4. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Plan of divisions of unsold land into 45 lots [between Old and New Cleveland Roads]". hdl:10462/deriv/257060. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  10. ^ "History". Department of Education, Training and Employment. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Grassdale Hall Built Without Borrowing". The Courier-mail. Queensland, Australia. 11 September 1937. p. 12. Retrieved 15 March 2020 – via Trove.
  12. ^ "NUTSHELLS". The Courier-mail. Queensland, Australia. 3 July 1942. p. 3. Retrieved 15 March 2020 – via Trove.
  13. ^ Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. "Closed Churches". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  14. ^ "281 Tilley Road, Gumdale". Google Maps. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  15. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Gumdale, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Gumdale State School". Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  18. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 14 March 2020.

External links[edit]

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