Kelvin Grove, Queensland

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Kelvin Grove
Kelvin Grove Urban Village Queensland.gjm.JPG
Kelvin Grove Urban Village
Population 6,018 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4059
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Brisbane Central
Federal Division(s) Brisbane
Suburbs around Kelvin Grove:
Newmarket Newmarket Wilston
Red Hill Kelvin Grove Herston
Red Hill CBD CBD

Kelvin Grove is an inner northern suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the CBD. This hilly suburb takes its name from Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, Scotland. It is primarily residential with tree-lined streets and some commercial and light industrial activities along its main thoroughfare, Kelvin Grove Road. La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland's second largest theatre company, operates from the Roundhouse Theatre on the Kelvin Grove campus of the Queensland University of Technology.

According to the 2011 Census there were 6,018 people living in the suburb with a median age of 27.[2]

In common with many inner suburbs of Brisbane, the suburb has a mixture of traditional "Queenslander" homes, some post-war worker's cottages and more modern apartment blocks.


Kelvin Grove Road c.1890

Kelvin Grove was part of the Shire of Ithaca (later the Town of Ithaca) before the town was amalgamated into the City of Greater Brisbane in 1925.

In 1901 electric trams commenced operations along Kelvin Grove Road, running to the city. The tram service ceased in December 1968 and since that time diesel and more recently compressed natural gas buses operated by the Brisbane City Council have served the suburb. Electric trolley-buses, also operated by the Brisbane City Council connected the suburb with Fortitude Valley, via Herston between 1953 and 1969.

Following the closure of the Gona Barracks in 1998, the 7 hectares (17 acres) site was used as the basis of an urban renewal program resulting in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village which integrates the Kelvin Grove campus of Queensland University of Technology with residential and commercial buildings. The Kelvin Grove Urban Village was officially opened by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie on 24 November 2003.[3]

Heritage listings[edit]

Kelvin Grove has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


In the 2011 Census the population of Kelvin Grove is 6,018, 52% female and 48% male.

The median/average age of the Kelvin Grove population is 27 years of age, 10 years below the Australian average.

60.8% of people living in Kelvin Grove were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were China 3.6%, Saudi Arabia 3.4%, England 2.9%, India 2.4%, New Zealand 2.3%.

69.4% of people speak English as their first language 4.6% Arabic, 3.7% Mandarin, 1.7% Cantonese, 1.5% Malay, 1.1% Korean.


Cultural amenities[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kelvin Grove, Qld (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Basic Community Profile - Kelvin Grove". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Premier opens $38m Kelvin Grove Urban Village Infrastructure". Queensland Government. 24 November 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ithaca Embankments (entry 15973)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Gona Barracks (entry 16702)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Student Residences, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus (entry 17047)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Kelvin Grove Fig Trees and Air Raid Shelter (entry 17017)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  8. ^ "AMA House (entry 16121)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kelvin Grove, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 27°27′S 153°01′E / 27.450°S 153.017°E / -27.450; 153.017