Sheldon, Queensland

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Redland CityQueensland
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Sheldon is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°35′09″S 153°11′52″E / 27.5858°S 153.1977°E / -27.5858; 153.1977 (Sheldon (centre of locality))Coordinates: 27°35′09″S 153°11′52″E / 27.5858°S 153.1977°E / -27.5858; 153.1977 (Sheldon (centre of locality))
Population1,704 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density74.74/km2 (193.6/sq mi)
Area22.8 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Redland City
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Bowman
Suburbs around Sheldon:
Burbank Capalaba Alexandra Hills
Burbank Sheldon Thornlands
Priestdale Mount Cotton Mount Cotton

Sheldon is a rural residential locality in the City of Redland, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Sheldon had a population of 1,704 people.[1]


Sheldon is 23 kilometres (14 mi) south-east of the Brisbane CBD.

The suburb is sparsely populated, consisting of mostly bushland, including some residential properties on acreage.[3] The presence of multiple protected areas is notable, preserving the region's natural eucalyptus forests, and protecting endangered species such as the koala.[4]

Tingalpa Creek flows through the western edge of the suburb, forming a border between the City of Brisbane.[3] Since Tingalpa Creek's headwaters are located in the Sheldon region, the suburb is a catchment area for the entire Leslie Harrison Dam, which provides drinking water to much of the Redlands.[4]

The region is also home to a significant koala population. As a result, the suburb retains much of its natural bushland, extending north from the Venman Bushland National Park in Mount Cotton. Nature areas of Sheldon include:[3]

  • Brisbane Koala Bushlands
  • Emu Street Bushland Reserve
  • Ford Road Conservation Area
  • Summit Street Reserve


Previously a largely uninhabited rural area, the suburb of Sheldon was officially named in 1980.[2] It combined the southern and northern portions of neighbouring suburbs Capalaba and Mount Cotton, respectively.[3][5] The Sheldon name likely originated from the village of the same name in Devon, United Kingdom, which itself came from an Old English word meaning "steep-sided hill and wooden valley".[5]

Sheldon College opened on 1997 near the roundabout at which Sheldon, Capalaba, Alexandra Hills, and Thornlands meet at a quadripoint.[6][7]

In the 2011 census, the population of Sheldon was 1,690, of which 49.5% were female and 50.5% were male.[8] The median age of the Sheldon population was 42 years, 5 years above the national median of 37. 80.5% of people living in Sheldon were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England (7%), New Zealand (2.6%), South Africa (1%,) Scotland (0.8%), and India (0.5%). 94.5% of people speak English as their first language, while some residents speak German (0.6%), Spanish (0.5%), Serbian (0.4%), Italian (0.4%), and Greek (0.4%).[8]

In the 2016 census, Sheldon had a population of 1,704 people.[1]


Karreman Quarries are based in Sheldon,[3] operating a quarry in the suburb, which provides material for road surfacing.[citation needed]

ABeeC Hives - Stingless Australian Native Bee Hives[9] are based in Sheldon, manufacturing beehives for Tetragonula carbonaria and Tetragonula hockingsi.[citation needed]


The main entrance of Sheldon College, often referred to as simply Sheldon, a private school well known in the Redlands despite being the only school in its suburb.

Sheldon College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at Lot 5 Taylor Road (27°34′15″S 153°14′04″E / 27.5707°S 153.2345°E / -27.5707; 153.2345 (Sheldon College)).[10][11] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,367 students with 110 teachers (99 full-time equivalent) and 85 non-teaching staff (74 full-time equivalent).[12]

There are no government schools in Sheldon. The nearest government primary schools are Coolnwypin State School in Capalaba, Hilliard State School in Alexandra Hills, Bay View State School in Thornlands, Mount Cotton State School in Mount Cotton, Rochedale South State School in Rochedale South and Capalaba State College in Capalaba. The nearest government secondary schools are Capalaba State College in Capalaba, Cleveland District State High School in Cleveland and Rochedale State High School in Rochedale.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Sheldon (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Sheldon – locality in City of Redland (entry 43633)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sheldon". Redland City Council. Archived from the original on 28 October 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Sheldon - Natural Hazards and Critical Infrastructure". Redland City Local Disaster Management Group. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Mt Cotton and Sheldon timeline". Redland City Council. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Sheldon College: Contact Us". Sheldon College. Archived from the original on 15 August 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  7. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  8. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Sheldon (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 September 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ "ABeeC Hives - Australian Native Bee Hives - Stingless OATH Beehives". ABeeC Hives - Australian Native Bee Hives. Archived from the original on 10 May 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  10. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Sheldon College". Archived from the original on 11 October 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 1 April 2020.

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