Pullenvale, Queensland

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Pullenvale Hall
Population3,179 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density130.29/km2 (337.4/sq mi)
Area24.4 km2 (9.4 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Pullenvale Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Moggill
Federal division(s)Ryan
Suburbs around Pullenvale:
Upper Brookfield Brookfield Kenmore Hills
Kholo Pullenvale Kenmore
Mount Crosby Anstead Pinjarra Hills

Pullenvale is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] It is situated approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south west of the Brisbane central business district. Located in the southern foothills of Mount Elphinstone, Pullenvale features rolling hills and areas of bush land, and is spread over an area of approximately 24.4 square kilometres (9.4 sq mi).


There are a number of theories about the original of the name Pullenvale. One theory from a 1920s newspaper is that it is named after early timbergetter, George Pullen; however, no land records have been found to confirm this. Given that the local creek is known as Pullen Pullen Creek, some people believe the repetition suggests a word from one of the Australian Aboriginal languages possibly meaning "to die" (or "not to die") or "fighting" (or "fighting ground"). Another theory is that the Pullen Pullen name was originally Bullen Bullen, an Aboriginal word meaning "lonely place".[3][4] In support of the "fighting" theory, there is an 1850 newspaper account:[5]

NATIVE AMUSEMENTS.-The aborigines held a grand "Pullen-Pullen" last week, near Brisbane. Many of the "Ningy-Ningy" and Limestone blacks attended. We are informed that some of them received spear wounds upon the occasion, but no deaths occurred.

There is evidence that there was a Mr Pullen who had a vineyard at Pullevale from about the 1862 to at least 1885.[6]

The name Glen Pullen predated the name Pullenvale, which is described as a "new name" in 1873.[4][7] There is an 1873 reference to Glenpullen Farm at Pullenvale.[8]


In the 2011 census the population of Pullenvale was 3,174, 49.8% female and 50.2% male.

The median age of the Pullenvale population was 39 years, 2 years above the Australian median.

68.2% of people living in Pullenvale were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 10.3%, South Africa 4.6%, New Zealand 2.4%, United States of America 1.4%, Scotland 1.1%.

91.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.1% Afrikaans, 0.7% German, 0.6% Japanese, 0.5% Mandarin, 0.4% Cantonese.


Pullenvale Hall, located at 302 Grandview Road, Pullenvale, is an old pineapple packing shed. The Hall was purchased from resident Jack Woodward in about 1943.[9] It is the centre of many small functions and classes run by the residents of Pullenvale in cooperation with the Local Council.


Pullenvale State School is located on Grandview Road and opened on 16 March 1874.[10] It was noted in the Brisbane Courier of 28 June 1873 that the residents of Pullenvale had, "fairly earned the reputation of being possessed of considerable pluck, having lately accomplished a task of which many older settlements might well be proud that of placing in the Savings Bank the sum of £60 to the oredit of the Board of Education for the purpose of erecting a National School Fix this textfor the benefit of the young Pullenites."[11] A year later it was reported in The Queenslander that there was now, "a fine school and teacher's residence, and an average daily attendance of thirty children (which by the way might be increased by a little salutary compulsion)."[12] in 2014 the school recorded 387 students[10] and in 2015 the school was granted Independent Public School status.[13]

Sporting clubs[edit]

Moggill Pony Club Inc. was formed in 1960. The land located at, 41 O'Brien Road, Pullenvale, is owned by the Pony Club.[14] The Pony Club is one of the oldest pony clubs in Queensland and covers four hectares of land.


Pioneer Pullenvale residents developed a logging industry. The construction of Moggill Road, linking Brisbane with Ipswich via Moggill, made the area more accessible. Eventually the logging industry give way to small crop and dairy farming. The resulting tiny population of farming families led to the establishment of the Pullenvale State School in 1873. For the next 100 years or so the rural population remained steady, it was not until 1981 that the State School was rebuilt to cater for a great increase in population that stemmed from the encroaching Brisbane metropolis.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Pullenvale (Statistical Local Area)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 January 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Pullenvale Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Pullenvale (entry 43080)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "History of Pullenvale". Moggill Historical Society Inc. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  5. ^ "DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE". The Moreton Bay Courier. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 2 February 1850. p. 2. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Pullenvale Vineyard". The Queenslander. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 12 December 1885. p. 959. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  7. ^ "PULLENVALE". The Queenslander. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 28 June 1873. p. 3. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Family Notices". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 8 July 1873. p. 4. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Brief History of Moggill and Pullenvale". Moggill Historical Society Inc. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  10. ^ a b "History". pullenvaless.eq.edu.au. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  11. ^ "PULLENVALE". The Brisbane Courier. Queensland, Australia. 28 June 1873. p. 5. Retrieved 25 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Pullenvale". The Queenslander (19). Queensland, Australia. 13 June 1874. p. 10. Retrieved 25 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "Principal's welcome". pullenvaless.eq.edu.au. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  14. ^ Moggill Pony Club Inc.. Retrieved 18 September 2010

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Coordinates: 27°31′02″S 152°53′29″E / 27.5171°S 152.8914°E / -27.5171; 152.8914 (Pullenvale)