Kelvin Grove, Queensland

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Kelvin Grove
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Kelvin Grove Urban Village
Population7,927 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Paddington Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)
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 2016 Census there were 7,927 people living in the suburb with a median age of 27.[3]

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 August 1914, 46 subdivided allotments of "Bancroft Park Estate" were advertised to be auctioned by Isles Love & Co. A map advertising the auction states the Estate was fronting the Kelvin Grove tram line and easy walking distance of town[4].This property was situated at the Three Mile Bridge, on the Kelvin Grove tram line and is well known as the former residence of the late Dr. Bancroft.[5]

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.[6]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


In the 2011 census, Kelvin Grove recorded a population of 6,018 people, 52% female and 48% male.

The median age of the Kelvin Grove population was 27 years of age, 10 years below the Australian median.

60.8% of people living in Kelvin Grove were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 3.6%, Saudi Arabia 3.4%, England 2.9%, India 2.4%, New Zealand 2.3%.

69.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 4.6% Arabic, 3.7% Mandarin, 1.7% Cantonese, 1.5% Malay, 1.1% Korean.


Cultural and sporting amenities[edit]

  • La Boite Theatre Company performs at the Roundhouse Theatre at Queensland University of Technology
  • Kelvin Grove parkrun takes place every Saturday at 7 am on Enoggera Creek Bikeway starting 100 metres from the End of Bishop Road.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kelvin Grove, Qld (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 October 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Paddington Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Basic Community Profile - Kelvin Grove". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Bancroft Park Estate Kelvin Grove". State Library of Queensland. 8 August 1914. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  5. ^ "THE BANCROFT PARK ESTATE". Daily Standard (515). Queensland, Australia. 8 August 1914. p. 7 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Premier opens $38m Kelvin Grove Urban Village Infrastructure". Queensland Government. 24 November 2003. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Ithaca Embankments (entry 601209)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Gona Barracks (entry 601966)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Student Residences, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus (entry 602235)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Kelvin Grove Fig Trees and Air Raid Shelter (entry 602196)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  11. ^ "AMA House (entry 601358)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.

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