Graceville, Queensland

Graceville is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Graceville had a population of 4634 people.[1]

Geography

Real estate map of The Graceville Estate, ca. 1888

Graceville is located 7.8 kilometres (4.8 mi) south-west of the Brisbane CBD. Graceville is bordered by the Brisbane River to the North-East and West, Oxley Creek to the East, Chelmer to the North and Sherwood to the South.

The suburb is centred on its own railway station on the Ipswich railway line. The suburb is predominantly residential, with houses generally being in the Queenslander style. The main roads in Graceville are Oxley Road, Graceville Avenue and Honour Avenue. The suburb also has a number of parks (Simpson's Playground, Graceville Memorial Park, Faulkner Park).

History

The suburb takes its name from its railway station, which in turn was named on 4 February 1875 by the Queensland Railways Department after Grace Grimes, the daughter of Samuel Grimes.[3][4]

Graceville State School opened on 13 August 1928.[5]

Christ the King Catholic Primary School opened on 25 January 1937 with an initial 60 students with four Presentation Sisters as teachers.[5][6]

Education

Graceville State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 23 Acacia Avenue (27°31′03″S 152°58′43″E / 27.5175°S 152.9787°E / -27.5175; 152.9787 (Graceville State School)).[7][8] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 761 students with 58 teachers (44 full-time equivalent) and 18 non-teaching staff (14 full-time equivalent).[9]

Christ the King School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 7 Randolph Street (27°31′11″S 152°58′39″E / 27.5197°S 152.9774°E / -27.5197; 152.9774 (Christ the King School)).[7][10] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 267 students with 23 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) and 15 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).[9]

There are no secondary schools in Graceville; the nearest are in Corinda and Indooroopilly.[11]

Recreation

Graceville also houses a number of sporting clubs, such as Souths Graceville Lions Rugby League Club, South West United Hockey Club, West Taylor Bridge Rugby Club, Rangers Netball Club, Western Suburbs Cricket Club and Graceville Amateur Swimming Club, which is based at Graceville State School.

Demographics

Park along the Brisbane River, 2015

In the 2011 census, Graceville recorded a population of 4,213 people, 51.7% female and 48.3% male. The median age of the Graceville population was 37 years of age, the same as the national median. 77.1% of people living in Graceville were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 4.4%, New Zealand 2.9%, United States of America 1.1%, Scotland 0.9%, South Africa 0.8%. 89.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 0.8% Vietnamese, 0.7% Mandarin, 0.6% Polish, 0.5% German, 0.5% Cantonese.

Landmarks and architecture

One of Graceville's most recognisable landmarks is the Graceville Uniting Church, on the intersection of Oxley Road and Verney Road East. The church was completed in 1930 and designed and built by local contractor Walter Taylor who was responsible for many local landmarks including the Walter Taylor Bridge which was named after him. Another landmark is the Graceville Memorial Oval, which has the Memorial for the soldiers who died in wars that lived in the area, and also serves as the home of both Western Suburbs Cricket Club and Wests Taylor Bridge Rugby Club.

Heritage listings

Railway at Graceville, ~1915

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

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Graceville (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Tennyson Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Graceville - suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 48295)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Graceville - railway station in City of Brisbane (entry 14512)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  6. ^ "Our History". Christ the King Catholic Primary School. Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  7. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Graceville State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  9. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Christ the King School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Beth-Eden (entry 600215)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Graceville Railway Station (entry 602717)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Graceville Memorial Park (entry 602443)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Graceville Uniting Church Complex (entry 601584)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.

Further reading

  • Fones, Ralph, 1932-; Oxley-Chelmer History Group (1999), Graceville! : a quick glimpse history ("Hot Cake" ed.), Oxley-Chelmer History Group, retrieved 30 July 2019CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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