Upper Brookfield, Queensland

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Upper Brookfield
BrisbaneQueensland
Upper Brookfield Community Hall.jpg
The Upper Brookfield Community Hall
Upper Brookfield is located in Queensland
Upper Brookfield
Upper Brookfield
Coordinates27°28′11″S 152°51′11″E / 27.4697°S 152.8530°E / -27.4697; 152.8530 (Upper Brookfield (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°28′11″S 152°51′11″E / 27.4697°S 152.8530°E / -27.4697; 152.8530 (Upper Brookfield (centre of suburb))
Population785 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density21.51/km2 (55.70/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4069
Area36.5 km2 (14.1 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location22.5 km (14 mi) W of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Pullenvale Ward)[2]
State electorate(s)Moggill
Federal division(s)Ryan
Suburbs around Upper Brookfield:
Lake Manchester Enoggera Reservoir Enoggera Reservoir
Lake Manchester Upper Brookfield Brookfield
Kholo Kholo Pullenvale

Upper Brookfield is an outer western suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Upper Brookfield had a population of 785 people.[1]

Geography[edit]

Upper Brookfield is a mountainous rural suburb consisting of acreage properties. It is 22.5 kilometres (14.0 mi) by road west of the Brisbane GPO.[4]

Marshalls Flat is a plain (27°28′13″S 152°50′49″E / 27.4702°S 152.8469°E / -27.4702; 152.8469 (Marshalls Flat)) alongside Moggill Creek in the centre of the suburb. It named after husband and wife Arthur John (Jack) Marshall (1913-2003) and Kathleen Bell Marshall (1915-2005), owners and farmer of the flats from 1944 to 1976.[5]

History[edit]

Brookfield Fruit Farms Estate, 1914

Upper Brookfield is named after its neighbouring suburb Brookfield. The name came into use about 1910 but it was not officially named and bounded until 11 August 1975.[3]

In 1914 there was a sale of 23 fruit farm blocks of land in the vicinity of Upper Brookfield Road and its junctions with Kittani Street and Pacey Road (near the Upper Brookfield State School, 27°28′42″S 152°52′11″E / 27.4782°S 152.8696°E / -27.4782; 152.8696 (Brookfield Fruit Farms Estate)). It was called the Brookfield Fruit Farms Estate and was marketed by W.R. Moon. The land was described as "virgin scrub" suitable for growing bananas, pineapples and vegetables.[6][7][8]

Upper Brookfield State School (also known as Brookfield Upper State School) opened on 1916 but closed in 1921 due to low student numbers. It reopened in 1923.[9]

In March 1933 local resident decided to raise funds to erect a public hall. Fred Meilandt offered to donate the land, while others donated timber and cash.[10] A working bee began clearing the land on 24 June 1933 with construction of the ball commencing in September 1933.[11][12]

A Methodist church opened in Upper Brookfield on Saturday 29 November 1952. The local congregation had met in other locations for 17 years before establishing their own church. It was ajact to the public hall at 508 Upper Brookfield Road (27°28′39″S 152°52′05″E / 27.4774°S 152.8681°E / -27.4774; 152.8681 (Upper Brookfield Uniting Church (former))).[13][14][15] With the amalgamation of the Methodist Church into the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977, it became the Upper Brookfield Uniting Church. It closed in November 2001 and in April 2003 the church building was relocated to the Moreton Bay College in Manly West (operated by the Uniting Church) to become their Centenary Chapel.[16]

In the 2011 census, the population of Upper Brookfield was 655, 49.6% female and 50.4% male.[17] The median age of the Upper Brookfield population was 42 years, 5 years above the Australian median. 78.7% of people living in Upper Brookfield were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 6%, South Africa 2%, New Zealand 1.8%, Netherlands 1.4%, United States of America 1.1%. 96% of people speak only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.6% Dutch, 0.6% German, 0.5% French, 0.5% Italian, 0.5% Spanish.[17]

In the 2016 census, Upper Brookfield had a population of 785 people.[1] Of these 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.5% of the population. The median age of people was 42 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.4% of the population. The most common responses for religion were No Religion, so described 42.1%, Catholic 14.9%, Not stated 13.6%, Anglican 10.3% and Uniting Church 6.1%. In Upper Brookfield (State Suburbs), No Religion, so described was the largest religious group reported overall (49.1%) (this figure excludes not stated responses). The most common countries of birth for male parents were Australia 59.1%, England 9.8%, South Africa 3.3%, New Zealand 2.8% and Netherlands 2.5%. The most common countries of birth for female parents were Australia 60.2%, England 7.9%, South Africa 3.3%, Netherlands 2.8% and New Zealand 1.9%. 87.1% of people only spoke English at home. The only other responses for language spoken at home were German 1.6%, Spanish 0.8%, Dutch 0.5% and Italian 0.4%. There were 393 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night. Of these 55.0% were employed full time, 34.6% were employed part-time and 5.6% were unemployed. Of employed people, 17.1% worked 1 to 15 hours, 10.6% worked 16 to 24 hours and 43.1% worked 40 hours or more. Of people aged 15 years and over, 62.4% were married and 7.7% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

Upper Brookfield has heritage-listed sites, including:

Education[edit]

Upper Brookfield State School, 2021

Upper Brookfield State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 496 Upper Brookfield Road (27°28′41″S 152°52′09″E / 27.4780°S 152.8691°E / -27.4780; 152.8691 (Upper Brookfield State School)).[19][20] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 54 students with 7 teachers (4 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).[21]

There is no secondary school in Upper Brookfield. The nearest secondary school in Kenmore State High School in Kenmore to the south-east.[8]

Amenities[edit]

Upper Brookfield Community Hall, 2021

Upper Brookfield Community Hall is at 506 Upper Brookfield Road (27°28′39″S 152°52′06″E / 27.4775°S 152.8682°E / -27.4775; 152.8682 (Upper Brookfield Community Hall)).[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Upper Brookfield (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Pullenvale Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Upper Brookfield – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 49694)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  4. ^ Google (29 May 2022). "Brisbane GPO to Upper Brookfield" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Marshalls Flat – plain in City of Brisbane (entry 49834)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Brookfield Fruit Farms Estate" (Real estate map). State Library of Queensland. 1914. hdl:10462/deriv/411135. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. No. 17, 494. Queensland, Australia. 7 February 1914. p. 9. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  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. ^ "UPPER BROOKFIELD". The Brisbane Courier. No. 23, 436. Queensland, Australia. 11 March 1933. p. 16. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 24 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "COUNTRY NEWS. BROOKFIELD". The Brisbane Courier. No. 23, 533. Queensland, Australia. 4 July 1933. p. 18. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 24 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "BROOKFIELD". The Courier-mail. No. 20. Queensland, Australia. 19 September 1933. p. 11. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 24 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "SCOTS TO HOLD ANNUAL NATIONAL SERVICE". Brisbane Telegraph. Queensland, Australia. 29 November 1952. p. 18 (LAST RACE). Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "Worked years for church". Sunday Mail. No. 1679. Queensland, Australia. 30 November 1952. p. 2. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  15. ^ Blake, Thom. "Upper Brookfield Methodist Church". Queensland religious places database. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  16. ^ "Our history". Moreton Bay College. 20 February 2020. Archived from the original on 9 March 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  17. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Upper Brookfield (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  18. ^ "Gold Creek Reservoir". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  19. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Upper Brookfield State School". Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  21. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  22. ^ "Upper Brookfield Hall". Brisbane Community Directory. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2021.

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