MacGregor, Queensland

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Au-Qld-Bne-MacGregor suburb panorama Jan-2018.jpg
Looking west towards MacGregor suburb, from Upper Mount Gravatt
MacGregor is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°33′54″S 153°04′33″E / 27.565°S 153.0758°E / -27.565; 153.0758 (MacGregor (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°33′54″S 153°04′33″E / 27.565°S 153.0758°E / -27.565; 153.0758 (MacGregor (centre of suburb))
Population5,844 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,160/km2 (5,610/sq mi)
Area2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location13.0 km (8 mi) S of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(MacGregor Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Toohey
Federal division(s)Moreton
Suburbs around MacGregor:
Nathan Upper Mount Gravatt Upper Mount Gravatt
Robertson MacGregor Upper Mount Gravatt
Sunnybank Eight Mile Plains Eight Mile Plains

MacGregor is a southern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] At the 2016 census, MacGregor had a population of 5,844 people.[1]

MacGregor, like its surrounding suburbs, incorporates a very diverse multicultural community. It was previously part of Sunnybank, until the suburb was named in 1967.[citation needed]


The suburb is in three main parts, divided by the six-lane Kessels Road, and separately, Mimosa Creek. Most residential buildings are single and two-storey beige brick houses with a tiled roof.[citation needed]

There appears to be no specific naming convention for the roads. Streets on the eastern part of the suburb include a mixture of plant (Freesia, Gaillardia) and Scottish (Blairgowrie, Carnoustie) names. On the south-west portion, Angelina and Damson are plum cultivars, Elberta a type of peach, and Jonathan may refer to a type of apple, being some of the agricultural produce that may have been grown in the area before urbanisation.[citation needed]


Previously part of Sunnybank, the suburb was named by the Queensland Place Names Board on 1 August 1967. The suburb of MacGregor was named after Scottish-born Sir William MacGregor who was the Governor of Queensland from 1909 until 1914.[4] It is spelt MacGregor, but Macgregor is often seen.

MacGregor State High School opened on 28 January 1969 with nine teachers and 203 students.[5][6] On 4 November 1973, a tornado struck the school, causing hundred of thousands of dollars' worth of damage and requiring the rebuilding of much of the school.[7][8]

MacGregor State School opened on 24 January 1972.[5] Students wears the red MacGregor tartan as part of their school uniform.[9]

In the 2011 census, the population of MacGregor was 5,576, 51.6% female and 48.4% male.[10] The median age of the MacGregor population was 32 years of age, 5 years below the Australian median. Of all people living in MacGregor, 41.9% were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 15%, Taiwan 6.3%, India 4.6%, New Zealand 3.3% and Vietnam at 2.3%. 44.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 20.2% Mandarin, 7.2% Cantonese, 2.7% Vietnamese, 2.3% Korean and 2.2% Greek. The most common religious affiliation was 'No religion' (25.7%); the next most common responses were Catholic 16.2%, Buddhism 10.0%, Anglican 8.4% and Uniting Church 5.7%.

At the 2016 census, MacGregor had a population of 5,844 people.[1]


MacGregor State School, 2018

MacGregor State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at McCullough Street (27°34′20″S 153°04′02″E / 27.5722°S 153.0672°E / -27.5722; 153.0672 (MacGregor State School)).[11][12] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1,347 students with 94 teachers (83 full-time equivalent) and 59 non-teaching staff (37 full-time equivalent).[13]

MacGregor State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Blackwattle Street (27°33′58″S 153°04′36″E / 27.5660°S 153.0766°E / -27.5660; 153.0766 (MacGregor State High School)).[11][14] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 1,221 students with 115 teachers (107 full-time equivalent) and 55 non-teaching staff (37 full-time equivalent).[13]

Griffith University and the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre are in the adjoining suburb of Nathan.


D. M. Henderson Park

Additional to the schools, there is a Robertson Scout Group, a large recreational area of the D. M. Henderson Park, and the MacGregor Netball Association playing fields. The park was named after local resident Daniel Murray Henderson (c. 1871 – 3 July 1954), who was a strawberry and small crops farmer.[15][16] Henderson lived on Mains Road, near the intersection with Fleetwood Street, MacGregor.[citation needed]

Local residents use either the Westfield Garden City Shopping Centre at Upper Mount Gravatt or the Sunnybank shopping centres (Sunnybank, Sunny Park, Market Square). Sunny Park Shopping Centre is on the MacGregor suburb corner boundary.[citation needed]

Public transport in the area to Brisbane City is by bus at the MacGregor park-and-ride, or the nearby Garden City Interchange or Eight Mile Plains busway station. The nearest Queensland Rail suburban railway stations are Altandi, Sunnybank, Banoon or Coopers Plains.[citation needed]

Either side of Kessels Road are large business retail outlet premises as well as a driver licence testing centre.[citation needed]

Mimosa Creek, a tributary to the Bulimba Creek is part of a nature reserve network including the nearby Toohey Forest Conservation Park.[citation needed]


MacGregor suburb panorama, looking from the east.


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "MacGregor (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 April 2020. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "MacGregor Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "MacGregor – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 50174)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. ^ "MacGregor (entry 50174)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Our school". MacGregor State High School. 4 April 2012. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Brisbane's 1973 Tornado" (Video 2 minutes 43 seconds). Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2020 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Webb, Steve. "Steve Webb (Graduated 1975)". MacGregor State High School. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Mission and values". MacGregor State School. 13 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "MacGregor (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 October 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "MacGregor State School". Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  14. ^ "MacGregor State High School". Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Do you know your Brisbane?". Sunday Mail. No. 321. Queensland, Australia. 21 July 1929. p. 22. Retrieved 27 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ "The C.O.D. and the Cane Prices Board". The Telegraph. No. 16, 407. Queensland, Australia. 2 July 1925. p. 11. Retrieved 27 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.

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