Hawthorne started as a farming district in the 1860s, and was gradually subdivided as Brisbane grew. This was helped by the introduction of ferry and tram services.
71.3% of people living in Hawthorne were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The other most common countries of birth were England (5.1%), New Zealand (3.9%), Scotland (0.9%), the United States (0.9%), and South Africa (0.8%). 88% of people only spoke English at home, while the next most commonly spoken languages were Spanish (0.8%), Greek (0.7%), French (0.6%), Japanese (0.4%), and Italian (0.4%).
The Hawthorne Cinema complex, on Hawthorne Road, is a classic theatre, opened in the 1940s it contains a large curved screen - one of the largest in Brisbane, as well as 2 smaller screens. It is part of the Cineplex Australia chain of cinemas, also including the Balmoral, Southbank and the (newly opened) Victoria Point cinema complexes. Hawthorne is home to several parks, and has numerous public transport options and a CityCat stop. Lourdes Hill College is an independent girls college in the heart of Hawthorne, that opened in 1916.
Hawthorne has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
Hawthorne is well serviced by public transport with Bus, CityCat and close proximity to Morningside railway station. Hawthorne is located in zone 2 of the TransLink integrated public transport system.
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hawthorne (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "Hawthorne Ferry Terminal & Hardcastle Park (entry 602212)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- Hawthorne - Queensland Places
- Bulimba and Hawthorne - Visit Brisbane
- Bulimba & Hawthorne urban village