Gumdale, Queensland

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Grassdale Road Gumdale.jpg
Grassdale Road, 2014
Population950 (2011 census)[1]
Location14 km (9 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Chandler Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Chatsworth
Federal Division(s)Bonner
Suburbs around Gumdale:
Tingalpa Wakerley Ransome
Belmont Gumdale Ransome
Belmont Chandler Capalaba West

Gumdale is an outer suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of the CBD. The average property size in Gumdale is approximately between 5,000 m2 - 10,000 m2 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]


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.[3]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.[4] 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" [5]. 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..." [6] 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[7].

Gumdale State School opened on the 26 August 1935.[8]


In the 2011 census, Gumdale recorded a population of 950 people, 48.5% female and 51.5% male.[1] 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.[1]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "Chandler Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "The Brisbane Courier". The Brisbane Courier. XXXIX, (8, 426). Queensland, Australia. 12 January 1885. p. 4. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ "Grassdale Estate 2nd Section". State Library of Queensland. 1885. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Advertising". Queensland Figaro And Punch. VI, (150). Queensland, Australia. 21 November 1885. p. 39. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ "Commercial". The Telegraph (4, 125). Queensland, Australia. 30 November 1885. p. 4. Retrieved 30 July 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Plan of divisions of unsold land into 45 lots [between Old and New Cleveland Roads]". Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ "History". Department of Education, Training and Employment. Retrieved 22 October 2014.

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Coordinates: 27°30′S 153°09′E / 27.500°S 153.150°E / -27.500; 153.150