Kelvin Grove is an inner northern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Kelvin Grove had a population of 7,927 people with a median age of 27.[1]

Kelvin Grove is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] In the 2016 census, Kelvin Grove had a population of 7,927 people.[1]

Geography

Kelvin Grove is approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the CBD. This hilly suburb takes its name from Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

It is primarily residential with tree-lined streets and some commercial and light industrial activities along its main thoroughfare, Kelvin Grove Road. La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland's second largest theatre company, operates from the Roundhouse Theatre on the Kelvin Grove campus of the Queensland University of Technology.

In common with many inner suburbs of Brisbane, the suburb has a mixture of traditional "Queenslander" homes, some post-war worker's cottages and more modern apartment blocks.

History

Kelvin Grove Road c.1890

Dr Joseph Bancroft built a residence in the area in 1865 which he called Kelvin Grove after a park in Glasgow that he remembered fondly. This is the origin of the suburb's name.[4]

Kelvin Grove Road State School opened in 1875. In 1887 it was split into Kelvin Grove Boys State School and Kelvin Grove Girls and Infants State School. On 31 January 1950 there was a merger creating Kelvin Grove State School for the older boys and girls and Kelvin Grove Infants State School for the younger boys and girls. In 1961 the Infants School was absorbed back into Kelvin Grove State School.[5] In January 2002 Kelvin Grove State School and Kelvin Grove State High School merged to become Kelvin Grove State College.[5]

Kelvin Grove was part of the Shire of Ithaca (later the Town of Ithaca) before the town was amalgamated into the City of Greater Brisbane in 1925.

In 1901 electric trams commenced operations along Kelvin Grove Road, running to the city. The tram service ceased in December 1968 and since that time diesel and more recently compressed natural gas buses operated by the Brisbane City Council have served the suburb. Electric trolley-buses, also operated by the Brisbane City Council connected the suburb with Fortitude Valley, via Herston between 1953 and 1969.

In August 1914, 46 subdivided allotments of "Bancroft Park Estate" were advertised to be auctioned by Isles Love & Co. A map advertising the auction states the estate was fronting the Kelvin Grove tram line and easy walking distance of town.[6] This property was situated at the Three Mile Bridge, on the Kelvin Grove tram line and waswell known as the former residence of the late Dr Bancroft.[7]

Kelvin Grove State High School opened on 23 January 1961.[8] In January 2002 Kelvin Grove State School and Kelvin Grove State High School merged to become Kelvin Grove State College.[5]

Following the closure of the Gona Barracks in 1998, the 7 hectares (17 acres) site was used as the basis of an urban renewal program resulting in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village which integrates the Kelvin Grove campus of Queensland University of Technology with residential and commercial buildings. The Kelvin Grove Urban Village was officially opened by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie on 24 November 2003.[9]

Queensland Academy for Creative Industries opened in 2007.[5]

In the 2016 census, Kelvin Grove had a population of 7,927 people.[1]

Heritage listings

Kelvin Grove has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Kelvin Grove recorded a population of 6,018 people, 52% female and 48% male.

The median age of the Kelvin Grove population was 27 years of age, 10 years below the Australian median.

60.8% of people living in Kelvin Grove were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 3.6%, Saudi Arabia 3.4%, England 2.9%, India 2.4%, New Zealand 2.3%.

69.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 4.6% Arabic, 3.7% Mandarin, 1.7% Cantonese, 1.5% Malay, 1.1% Korean.

Education

Kelvin Grove State College is a government primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at L'Estrange Terrace (27°26′59″S 153°00′42″E / 27.4497°S 153.0118°E / -27.4497; 153.0118 (Kelvin Grove State College)).[15][16] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 2862 students with 218 teachers (194 full-time equivalent) and 81 non-teaching staff (58 full-time equivalent).[17] It includes a special education program.[15][18]

Queensland Academy for Creative Industries is a government secondary (10-12) school for boys and girls at 61 Musk Avenue (27°27′10″S 153°00′51″E / 27.4528°S 153.0143°E / -27.4528; 153.0143 (Queensland Academy for Creative Industries)).[15][19] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 295 students with 40 teachers (34 full-time equivalent) and 22 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).[17]

The suburb is also home to the Kelvin Grove Campus of the Queensland University of Technology.

Cultural and sporting amenities

  • La Boite Theatre Company performs at the Roundhouse Theatre at Queensland University of Technology
  • Kelvin Grove parkrun takes place every Saturday at 7 am on Enoggera Creek Bikeway starting 100 metres from the End of Bishop Road.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kelvin Grove (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Paddington Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Kelvin Grove - suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 49675)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference qpnl2 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ a b c d 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. ^ "Bancroft Park Estate Kelvin Grove". 8 August 1914. hdl:10462/deriv/207336. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "THE BANCROFT PARK ESTATE". Daily Standard (515). Queensland, Australia. 8 August 1914. p. 7 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Premier opens $38m Kelvin Grove Urban Village Infrastructure". Queensland Government. 24 November 2003. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Ithaca Embankments (entry 601209)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Gona Barracks (entry 601966)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Student Residences, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus (entry 602235)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Kelvin Grove Fig Trees and Air Raid Shelter (entry 602196)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  14. ^ "AMA House (entry 601358)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  15. ^ a b c "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Kelvin Grove State College". Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ a b "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Kelvin Grove State College - Special Education Program". Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Queensland Academy for Creative Industries". Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2018.

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