Dutton Park is located about 4.3 kilometres (2.7 mi) south of the Brisbane CBD. It is bounded to the north-east by the Beenleigh railway line and by the Brisbane River to the south-west. Dutton Park lies on a ridge to the east of the Brisbane River, opposite from St Lucia. The site slopes down from Gladstone Road with an average gradient of 0.026.
Annerley Road enters the suburb from the north (South Brisbane) and exits to the south (Annerley). Gladstone Road enters the suburb from the north-west and has its junction with Annerley Road within the suburb. The Park Road railway station, the Boggo Road railway station and the Dutton Park railway station are in the suburb on the Beenleigh line. The Cleveland railway line and the Fisherman Islands railway line have their junction with the Beenleigh line in the suburb.
The Eleanor Schonnell Bridge is a bridge across the Brisbane River connecting Dutton Park to the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus. It carries a busway, cyclists and pedestrians but not private automobiles.
Along Annerley Road is the former Boggo Road Gaol, part of which remains as a heritage site. The remainder of the gaol site was redeveloped as the Ecosciences Precinct, part of the Boggo Road Urban Village development. The precinct is a research facility for the Queensland Government, CSIRO and the University of Queensland through the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).
Apart from these major facilities, the suburb is predominantly residential, with some light industrial and commercial areas.
Development in the suburb was slow because of difficult terrain, and the fact that a large part of the area was surveyed for government reserves by H.C. Rawnsley in 1863.
The South Brisbane cemetery was reserved in 1866 and is Brisbane's oldest surviving municipal cemetery.
The name Dutton comes from Charles Boydell Dutton, the Queensland Minister for Lands from 1883 to 1887, who created the recreation reserve in 1884. This became known as 'Dutton's Park', a name which was later applied to surrounding estates, a school (originally known as the "Jail School") and a railway station before becoming the name of the suburb.
On 2 July 1883 the Boggo Road Gaol opened, firstly serving as a holding place for prisoners who were to be transported to St Helena Island but by 1989 housed over 300 prisoners. In 1903 a separate structure was opened adjacent to the main prison to house the female prisoners. After a Queensland Government inquiry into the living conditions of the inmates the female section of the prison was closed in 1989 with the male section closing in 1992 and later being demolished in 1996.
In 1884, the South Coast railway line was built, which included a station at Dutton Park.
Woolloongabba Mixed State School opened on 1 September 1884. It was split into Woolloongabba Girls and Infants State School and Woolloongabba Boys State School on 5 July 1885. In 1910 the schools were renamed to Dutton Park Girls and Infants State School and Dutton Park Boys State School. In 1935 the two schools were merged to form Dutton Park State School.
Between 1901 and 1969 the suburb was served by electric trams. Tram services operated along Gladstone Road and Annerley Road, with a connecting line to the Ipswich Road tram depot along Cornwall Street. J.S. Badger, owner of the Brisbane Tramway Company, developed the Dutton Park recreation reserve in order to increase patronage on the trams. For several years from 1908, open-air movie and variety shows known as 'Continentals' were held at the park, and proved enormously popular, drawing up to 5,000 people a night.
Between 1912 and 1927 a tram depot was located in Lang Street (now Tamar Street).
St Ita's Regional Primary School opened on 27 January 1919.
St Ita's Secondary School opened on 1932. In 1957 it was renamed St Ursula's College. It closed in 1957.Dutton Park Opportunity School opened on 28 January 1936. In 1979 it was renamed Dutton Park Special School . On 16 Dec 1994 it ceased to operate as a separate school and became the special education unit of Dutton Park State School.
The Ecosciences Precinct in the Boggo Road Urban Village development opened in 2011.
Dutton Park has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Boggo Road Gaol: No 2 Division and Remnant No 1 Division (150 Annerley Road)
- Gair Park (181 Annerley Road)
- South Brisbane Cemetery (21 Fairfield Road)
- Kurrowah (218 Gladstone Road)
The suburb is dominated by Dutton Park, which includes a large recreation area and public cemetery (colloquially known as Dutton Park Cemetery but officially known as South Brisbane Cemetery). T. J. Doyle Memorial Drive passes through the park and along past the river; it was named after Thomas Joseph Doyle, alderman for South Brisbane ward of the City of Brisbane from 1954 to 1964.
The former Boggo Road Gaol was located in the suburb and the remaining structure is now a historical museum.
The Eleanor Schonell Bridge linking the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland with southern Brisbane. The area is a popular place for picnics and tranquil riverside walks along the banks of the Brisbane River.
In the 2016 census, Dutton Park had a population of 2,024 people. The median age of the Dutton Park population was 32 years, six years below the Australian median. Children aged under 15 years made up 14.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.1% of the population. 58.4% of people were born in Australia. 62.2% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek at 5.1%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 40.4% and Catholic 17.9%.
By Bus, Brisbane Transport bus routes 192, 196 and 198 serve the suburb along Gladstone Road. Annerley Road to the City (via the Busway) is served by routes 105, 107, 108, 109, 116 and 202. With the opening of Dutton Park Place busway station on the Eleanor Schonell Bridge and the Boggo Road Busway, which opened on 3 August 2009, the suburb has become a major hub for the Brisbane City Busway as well as the terminating point for the Boggo Road Busway.
Dutton Park State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 112 Annerley Road ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 328 students with 28 teachers (21 full-time equivalent) and 11 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.).
St Ita's Regional Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 249 Gladstone Road ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 363 students with 25 teachers (22 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (7 full-time equivalent).).
There is no secondary school in Dutton Park. The nearest government secondary school is Brisbane State High School in South Brisbane. is being built in Dutton Park to ease pressure on Brisbane State High School and is expected to open in 2021.
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