Tivoli, Queensland

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Tivoli is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°35′11″S 152°46′29″E / 27.5863°S 152.7747°E / -27.5863; 152.7747 (Tivoli (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°35′11″S 152°46′29″E / 27.5863°S 152.7747°E / -27.5863; 152.7747 (Tivoli (centre of suburb))
Population1,487 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density413/km2 (1,070/sq mi)
Area3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)City of Ipswich
State electorate(s)Ipswich West
Federal division(s)Blair
Suburbs around Tivoli:
North Ipswich Chuwar North Tivoli
North Ipswich Tivoli North Booval
Basin Pocket Moores Pocket North Booval

Tivoli is a suburb in the City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.[2] In the 2016 census, Tivoli had a population of 1,487 people.[1]

Tivoli is home to one of six remaining drive-in cinemas in Queensland.[3]


The Warrego Highway passes from east (North Tivoli) to west (North Ipswich) through the north of the locality.[4]

Tivoli Hill is a neighbourhood with the suburb (27°35′39″S 152°46′04″E / 27.5941°S 152.7677°E / -27.5941; 152.7677 (Tivoli Hill)). Prior to 1991 it was a separate suburb. The neighbourhood is near the hill of the same name(27°35′36″S 152°46′17″E / 27.5933°S 152.7713°E / -27.5933; 152.7713 (Tivoli Hill)).[5][6]

Situated north of the Bremer River, Tivoli is 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) by road north-east of the Ipswich CBD and north-east of the North Ipswich railway workshops.


The Tivoli area had been subdivided and sold as farmland in 1861–63, and the observant purchasers went in for coal mining.

Harry Hooper and his partner John Robinson called their mine, and one of the coal seams on it, the Tivoli, and the locality took its name from the mine.[4]

Houses and communities formed around the irregular subdivisions and mining areas.

On 9 September 1873 a Congregational church opened near the Tivoli mine .[7] The church at 42 Church Street (27°34′57″S 152°46′41″E / 27.5824°S 152.7780°E / -27.5824; 152.7780 (Tivoli Christian Reformed Church)) has had continuous use. It is currently the Tivoli Christian Reformed Church.[8]

The church hall was used as a school room for children and adults (night classes) from 1 July 1875. It had over 100 pupils by 1877 and opened as Tivoli Provisional School on 26 Jan 1877. On 17 January 1881 it became Tivoli State School. In 1937 it was renamed Tivoli Lower State School but in 1977 was renamed Tivoli State School again.[9]

Whilst many houses were built for workmen, mine owners built close to their work sites. Next to the school in Mount Crosby Road the family of John Wright, proprietor of the Eclipse mine, built three houses on large allotments. The grandest, Oaklands is the central one; all have spacious gardens and are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[10]

On the other side of Mount Crosby Road, the Abermain Colliery (1880s) was a large operation with a spur line from the Tivoli railway line and several coke ovens.

In another direction, a tramway was opened from the Tivoli mines to the pumping station at the Mount Crosby weir, transporting coal from 1913 until about 1932.

After lying idle for several years the Abermain Colliery was used for sewerage treatment. It adjoins a sports complex and the Ipswich Caravan Village. A short distance south there is the Abermain electricity substation which was enlarged in 2009.

Financed and named by John Robinson (Ipswich soda-water manufacturer) and Harry Hooper, it seems that Tivoli was a Hooper family name.[11]

In the 2016 census, Tivoli had a population of 1,487 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

98 Mt Crosby Road is part of the Wright Family Houses

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


Tivoli State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 108 Mount Crosby Road (27°35′02″S 152°46′39″E / 27.5839°S 152.7775°E / -27.5839; 152.7775 (Tivoli State School)).[12][13] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 133 students with 13 teachers (11 full-time equivalent) and 12 non-teaching staff (6 full-time equivalent).[14]

There is no secondary school in Tivoli. The nearest secondary school is Ipswich State High School in Brassall to the west.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tivoli (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Tivoli – suburb in City of Ipswich (entry 45085)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  3. ^ Leonie Thorne (8 November 2015). "Million dollar boost to brings Tivoli Drive-in back to life". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Tivoli Hill – neighbourhood in City of Ipswich (entry 34700)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Tivoli Hill – hill in City of Ipswich (entry 42505)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  7. ^ "RELIGIOUS". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald And General Advertiser. Vol. XIII, no. 1770. Queensland, Australia. 2 October 1873. p. 3. Retrieved 11 October 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "A Church for the Community". Tivoli Christian Reformed Church. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  9. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  10. ^ a b "Wright Family Houses (entry 601898)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Centre for the Government of Queensland". Archived from the original on 9 August 2016.
  12. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Tivoli State School". Archived from the original on 22 March 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.

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