Ormiston, Queensland

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Redland CityQueensland
Ormiston wellington st looking N from oak.jpg
Wellington Street, 2013
Population5,793 (2016 census)[1]
Location25 km (16 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)Redland City
State electorate(s)Oodgeroo
Federal Division(s)Bowman
Suburbs around Ormiston:
Wellington Point Wellington Point Moreton Bay
Wellington Point Ormiston Raby Bay
Alexandra Hills Cleveland Cleveland

Ormiston is a suburb in Redland City, Queensland, Australia. It is adjacent to the suburbs of Cleveland and Wellington Point. At the 2016 Australian Census, the suburb recorded a population of 5,793.[1]

Ormiston is home to the Redlands Christian Reformed Church and Ormiston House.


Pre settlement[edit]

The Koobenpul lived on the mainland coastal strip stretching from Talwarrapin (Redland Bay) to the mouth of the Mairwar (Brisbane River), including the area now known as Ormiston. Canoe trees and a bora ring from pre-settlement days still remain along Hilliards creek.[2][3]

Post settlement[edit]

Ormiston House, ~1871

Originally part of the township of Cleveland, early industry included a brickworks established by James Maskell on the eastern bank of Hilliards Creek in 1852 and fellmongery (wool scour) owned by a Thomas Blackett Stephens until the early 1860s. Joseph Clark ran cattle on Ormiston from 1855 until he relinquished the lease in 1858.[4]

Land around Ormiston was bought in 1853 by Captain Louis Hope, a Scottish aristocrat and a founder of the Queensland sugar industry.[5] Hope built Ormiston House from 1858 and 1865 as the centre of a 325-acre (1.32 km2) sugar estate.[6] Ormiston House is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Queensland.[5]

The remains of the Ormiston Fellmongery in 2015

The property was originally called Woojanness, but was renamed Ormiston after the Hope's family ancestral village of Ormiston, Scotland. It has an ornamental garden that dates from the building of the house. Hope continued with his plantation until 1875, until he lost a dispute over access to his sugar mill and decided to dismantle it. Since the 1960s the house has been a museum. Although the house was called Ormiston, the area around it was still known as Cleveland for many years. When the railway came through the area in 1889, the new railway station and the area around it also became known as Ormiston.[7]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


Ormiston railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Cleveland.

Sporting clubs[edit]

  • Ormiston Redbacks Swim Club - amateur swimming club.
  • Redlands Softball League
  • Redlands Boxing Club


  • Ormiston College
  • Established on 3rd April 1872[11], the Ormiston State School is an Education Queensland Independent public school offering a curriculum from Prep to Year 6[12]. It is located on expansive grounds at 82-110 Gordon Street[12].


In the 2011 census, Ormiston recorded a population of 5,641 people, 52.4% female and 47.6% male.[13] The median age of the Ormiston population was 44 years, 7 years above the national median of 37. 67.3% of people living in Ormiston were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 9.9%, New Zealand 5.5%, South Africa 3.3%, Scotland 1.6%, Germany 0.8%. 90.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% German, 0.6% Afrikaans, 0.6% Mandarin, 0.5% Italian, 0.3% Greek.[13]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ormiston (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Aboriginal cultural heritage Redland City
  3. ^ In the beginning Redland City
  4. ^ Hilliards Creek History Redland City
  5. ^ a b Cook, Penny (2006). Discover Queensland Heritage. Corinda, Queensland: Pictorial Press Australia. p. 33. ISBN 1876561424.
  6. ^ Captain Hope and Ormiston House, Redland City
  7. ^ Ormiston Redland City
  8. ^ "Ormiston Fellmongery (entry 700006)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Ormiston House Estate (entry 600775)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  10. ^ "St Andrews Church (entry 600774)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Education Queensland". Education Queensland. August 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Ormiston State School". January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  13. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ormiston (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 March 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  14. ^ a b "Ormiston timeline". www.redland.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2015-12-21.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°30′43″S 153°15′14″E / 27.512°S 153.254°E / -27.512; 153.254