The suburb is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) by road from the Brisbane central business district. Mitchelton is part of the northwestern suburbs. It is a growing suburb with many Queenslander style houses and leafy streets. The area is quite hilly and most of the suburb is on a north-facing slope.
In the 2011 census the population of Mitchelton was 8,012, 52.8% female and 47.2% male.
The median age of the Mitchelton population was 35 years of age, 2 years below the Australian median.
79.9% of people living in Mitchelton were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 3.6%, New Zealand 2.6%, Scotland 0.7%, United States of America 0.7%, India 0.6%.
89.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% Italian, 0.5% Mandarin, 0.4% Japanese, 0.4% Spanish, 0.3% German.
Mitchelton is an area with a long history. Mitchelton’s name comes from one particular family of the first settlers in the area. The Mitchell family emigrated from England in the 1850s. Nicolas Mitchell purchased an estate he named “Mitchelton” by 1875. This area was subdivided in the 1890s.
The current Mitchelton Public Library opened in 1983 and had a major refurbishment in 2013.
Mitchelton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 35 Church Road: St Matthews Anglican Church, Grovely
- 67 Osborne Road: Good Shepherd Home, Mt Maria College
Mitchelton is now filled with many shops, schools and facilities, such as the Brookside Shopping Centre, and a very attractive shopping district on Blackwood Avenue that also features a monthly market which attracts many vendors of fine foods and wares as well as tourists. Mitchelton is also home to many sporting teams in state competition.
Via train, Oxford Park Railway Station and Mitchelton Railway Station provide access to regular Queensland Rail City network services on the Ferny Grove railway line arranging travel to the Brisbane CBD, Beenleigh and Ferny Grove.
Via road, Mitchelton’s main arterials are Samford Road, which is the main corridor for motorists travelling to The City and Samford, as well as Osborne Road which is the main corridor for motorists travelling to the outer Northern suburbs such as Aspley.
Via bikeway, Mitchelton has direct access to the Kedron Brook bikeway which leads all the way to the coast over 20km away and passes many vistas along the way.
Mitchelton is home to numerous schools, which include Mitchelton State School, Mitchelton State High School, Mitchelton Special School, Our Lady of Dolours Primary School and Mt Maria College, which is based in the old Sisters of the Good Shepherd home for troubled girls.
Notable people from or having lived in Mitchelton include:
- ABS Statistics
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- “Mitchelton (entry 44885)”. Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- “Mitchelton Public Library” (PDF). Queensland Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-2017″ (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2017. November 2017.
- “St Matthews Anglican Church (entry 600256)”. Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- “Good Shepherd Home (former)”. Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- “Mitchelton Public Library”. Public Libraries Connect. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
- University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Mitchelton
- “Mitchelton”. BRISbites. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008.
- “Mitchelton”. Our Brisbane. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 17 September 2007.
- Randall, Brian. “Mitchelton”. Local History. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.