Lawnton, Queensland

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Moreton Bay RegionQueensland
Newer shops in Lawnton
Population5,658 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density608.4/km2 (1,575.7/sq mi)
Area9.30 km2 (3.6 sq mi)
Location23 km (14 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)Moreton Bay Region
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Dickson
Suburbs around Lawnton:
Petrie Petrie Murrumba Downs
Joyner Lawnton Strathpine
Bray Park Strathpine Bald Hills

Lawnton is a suburb in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2]


Lawnton is bounded on the north by the North Pine River. Gympie Road passes through the centre of the suburb in a north-south direction.[3]


Portrait of Stephen Lawn (1836-1917)

The origin of the suburb name is from an early property owner, the blacksmith Stephen Lawn. The property was acquired by Queensland Rail and was named Lawnton.[2][4]

On Saturday 25 August 1888, Lady Musgrave, wife of the Queensland Governor Anthony Musgrave laid the foundation stone for St Thomas’ Anglican church at North Pine (as the area was previously known).[5] It was located on the corner of Station Road and Todds Road (27°16′58″S 152°58′54″E / 27.2828°S 152.9818°E / -27.2828; 152.9818 (St Thomas's Anglican Church (site)))[6] on land donated by Stephen Lawn and built by James Todd. The church was dedicated on St Thomas's Day 21 December 1888 by Reverend C.G. Robinson, Rural Dean of Brisbane.[7][8][9] The pulpit from the Samsonvale Homestead was donated to the church by William Joyner. The church was last used in 1984.[10] Its altar rails were re-conditioned for re-use in the new St Faith's Anglican Church in Strathpine, while the altar and other furnishings from St Thomas's were used to create a St Thomas' Chapel within the new church. The old church was relocated to the Old Petrie Town open-air museum.[11]

The area east of Gympie Road was previously known as Wyllie (named after Alexander James Wyllie) until September 1989 when the Queensland Government decided to incorporate it within the suburb of Lawnton.[2][12] It was also the location of the World War II Petrie Airfield.[13]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


The Lawnton industrial estate as well as retail and commerce establishments along Gympie Road provide local services and employment. Alluvial gravel and sand mining also occur in Lawnton. There have been recent industrial and retail developments in Lawnton.


The Moreton Bay Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits Barclay Park on Nightingale Drive.[15]

Lawnton cemetery, 2007

Leis Park has electric barbecues and a boat ramp into the North Pine River. Wyllie Park on the Lawnton / Petrie border also has electric barbecues.

Lawnton Cemetery (also known as Mary Bray Park) is located on Norfolk Avenue (27°16′36″S 152°58′37″E / 27.2766°S 152.9770°E / -27.2766; 152.9770 (Lawnton Cemetery)).


In the 2011 census, Lawnton recorded a population of 5,356 people, 50.9% female and 49.1% male.

The median age of the Lawnton population was 36 years, 1 year below the national median of 37.

78.3% of people living in Lawnton were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 5.1%, England 4%, Philippines 1%, India 0.9%, South Africa 0.6%.

90.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.8% Hindi, 0.5% Tagalog, 0.3% Dutch, 0.3% Italian, 0.3% Spanish.


Lawnton railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane, Cleveland, Ipswich, Beenleigh and Springfield Central, as well as Kippa-Ring.


  • Lawnton State School opened in 1967 and caters for students from Prep to Year six.[16][17]
  • Pine Rivers Special School opened in April 1986.[17][18]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lawnton (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "Lawnton (entry 45446)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Pine Rivers township history". Moreton Bay Regional Council. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  5. ^ "St. Thomas's, North Pine". The Telegraph (4, 954). Queensland, Australia. 27 August 1888. p. 5. Retrieved 28 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Samford" (Map). Queensland Government. 1930. marked with a "+". Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Epitome of news". The Brisbane Courier. XLV (9, 653). Queensland, Australia. 21 December 1888. p. 4. Retrieved 28 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "The Brisbane Courier". The Brisbane Courier. XLV (9, 653). Queensland, Australia. 21 December 1888. p. 4. Retrieved 28 July 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "St. Thomas', North Pine". The Telegraph (5, 056). Queensland, Australia. 26 December 1888. p. 2. Retrieved 17 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Closed Churches". Anglican Church of Southern Queensland. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Old Petrie Town - Buildings". Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Item ID3411834, Queensland Place Names Act 1988 - Place Name for Omission. - Mr W.H. Glasson". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 29 April 2021. — includes a map showing the boundaries of Wyllie
  13. ^ "Place". Queensland WWII Historic Places. Queensland Government. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Remnants of former acclimatisation society gardens at Lawnton (entry 602703)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Mobile Library". Moreton Bay Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Lawnton SS". Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Pine Rivers Special School". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.

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Coordinates: 27°17′S 152°59′E / 27.283°S 152.983°E / -27.283; 152.983