Stafford, Queensland

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Stafford
BrisbaneQueensland
Stafford State School.jpg
Stafford is located in Queensland
Stafford
Stafford
Coordinates27°24′44″S 153°00′37″E / 27.4122°S 153.0102°E / -27.4122; 153.0102 (Stafford (centre of suburb))
Population6,561 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,930/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4053
Area3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location9.1 km (6 mi) N of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Marchant Ward;[2] McDowall Ward)[3]
State electorate(s)Stafford
Federal division(s)Brisbane, Lilley, Petrie
Suburbs around Stafford:
Everton Park Stafford Heights Kedron
Everton Park Stafford Gordon Park
Enoggera Alderley Grange

Stafford is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[4] In the 2016 census Stafford had a population of 6,561 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Stafford is predominantly a residential suburb, including some original Queenslander-style homes and a significant number of post-war Queensland Housing Commission homes on quarter-acre blocks built around the 1940s and 1950s.[citation needed]

Stafford lies to the west of Lutwyche Road, along the banks of Kedron Brook. Being an area of that age, many of Stafford's residents are elderly, but there younger families are increasing there.[citation needed]

Sparkes Hill (27°24′41″S 153°00′05″E / 27.4115°S 153.0013°E / -27.4115; 153.0013 (Sparkes Hill)) is in the south-west of the suburb and is 96 metres (315 ft) above sea level.[5][6] The water reservoir on the top of the hill holds 94 megalitres (3.3×10^6 cu ft), which 16% of Brisbane's water supply.[7]

History[edit]

Queensland Housing Commission house at Stafford, August 1949

Stafford was originally called Happy Valley. It is possible that the name originates from the fact the Sir Thomas Brisbane for whom the city is named was an officer in the Staffordshire Regiment - a Stafford Knot is featured in the city's coat-of-arms. A public move to rename the area after the English county of Staffordshire in 1885 and 1886 led to its current name.[4]

Stafford State School opened on 25 May 1886.[8] On 24 January 1955 the Stafford Infants State School opened removing the younger children from the main. The infants school closed on 9 December 1977 and the younger children became part of the main school again.[8]

In 1928, in what is now known as Stafford, 20 sites at Gourock Estate, Kedron, being resubs of 1 to 20 (subs A & B easements) of sub 1 of portion 96, Parish of Kedron, were advertised for auction by Isles, Love & Co. Auctioneers.[9][10] A map produced to advertise the sale shows the land for sale being off Main Stafford (or Happy Valley) Road, near Clifford St.[10]

Queen of Apostles Catholic Primary School opened on 30 January 1962. In 2002 it opened its second campus for the younger students in neighbouring Stafford Heights to the north.[8][11][12]

Between 1940 and 1968 Stafford was served by electric trams operated by the Brisbane City Council. This was the last completely new tram line (as distinct from tram line extension) built in Brisbane.[citation needed]

Construction commenced on the water reservoirs on top of Sparkes Hill in 1973 and was completed in 1978.[7]

One of the original large employers of local workers, Gibson's Tannery[13] (also known as Scotia Works), closed in 1982 to make way for the Stafford City Shopping Centre, which opened in 1983 and extended in 1997. Previously, the Stafford Road shopping strip at the tram terminus was the local centre.[citation needed]

At the 2011 census Stafford had a population of 6,041 people.[14]

In the 2016 census Stafford had a population of 6,561 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

Group of children dressed up for a patriotic concert at Stafford State School, Brisbane, 1915

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

Education[edit]

Stafford State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 314 Stafford Road (27°24′39″S 153°01′03″E / 27.4107°S 153.0174°E / -27.4107; 153.0174 (Stafford State School)).[16][17] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 264 students with 32 teachers (25 full-time equivalent) and 33 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent).[18] It includes a special education program.[16]

Queen of Apostles Catholic Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls. The school has two campuses. The upper campus (3-6) is at 10 Thuruna Street (27°24′16″S 153°00′29″E / 27.4044°S 153.0080°E / -27.4044; 153.0080 (Queen of Apostles Primary School (upper campus))) while the lower campus (Prep-2) is at 46 Chuter Street in Stafford Heights .[16][19] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 486 students with 40 teachers (28 full-time equivalent) and 35 non-teaching staff (17 full-time equivalent).[18]

There is no secondary school in Stafford. The nearest government secondary schools are Everton Park State High School in neighbouring Everton Park to the west and Kedron State High School in neighbouring Kedron to the east.[20]

Amenities[edit]

There are a number of parks in the suburb, including:

Sporting clubs[edit]

The Wilston Grange Australian Football Club has played Australian rules football at Hickey Park in Stafford since 1964.[22] The Past Brothers competes in the South East Division junior competitions, playing out of Gibson Park in Stafford.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 census, the population of Stafford was 6,041, 52% female and 48% male.[14] The median age of the Stafford population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median. 77.7% of people living in Stafford were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 3%, England 2.3%, Philippines 1.4%, India 0.9%, Italy 0.6%. 86.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.3% Italian, 0.6% Punjabi, 0.6% Cantonese, 0.6% Mandarin, 0.5% Spanish.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Stafford (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Marchant Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "McDowall Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Stafford – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 48308)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Mountain peaks and capes - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 12 November 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Sparkes Hill – mountain in Brisbane City (entry 31584)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Water security boost for Brisbane's north | Seqwater". Seqwater. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  9. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph. No. 17, 364. Queensland, Australia. 28 July 1928. p. 20 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 26 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ a b "Gourock Estate, Kedron". hdl:10462/deriv/264291. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ "School Profile". Queen of Apostles Catholic Primary School. Archived from the original on 6 December 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Queen of Apostles School" (PDF). Queen of Apostles Catholic Primary School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  13. ^ Two men and a child pose with a horse and cart on a road at Stafford, Brisbane, 1900, retrieved 12 March 2021
  14. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Stafford (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 July 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  15. ^ "Stafford State School (entry 601667)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  16. ^ a b c "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Stafford State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  18. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Queen of Apostles Primary School". Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Land for public recreation - Queensland". Queensland Open Data. Queensland Government. 20 November 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Wilston Grange Australian Football Club - Home". gorillas-com.wildapricot.org. Retrieved 13 April 2020.

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