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.
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 first subdivided in the 1890s.
On 4 October 1913, Arthur Blackwood sold a large portion of land known as the Oxford Park Estate between Samford Road and Kedron Brook. It was a subdivision of 300 suburban allotments (mostly 32 perches) and 8 larger farm allotments on St Helens Road fronting Kedron Brook. The estate created Blackwood Street and University Road (the northern part of which is now Pascoe Road). One of the advertised benefits of the estate were its 1⁄4 mile (0.40 km) proximity to the proposed Groveley railway station on the Ferny Grove railway line. The estate gave its name to the Oxford Park railway station, despite the railway station being to the west of the estate, which resulted in land near that railway station being commonly known as Oxford Park (although that land never formed part of the Oxford Park subdivision).
In June 1922, Grovely Lodge Estate, 3rd section, made up of 149 residential sites and 4 large blocks, were advertised by Cameron Bros Auctioneers. A map advertising the auction states that the estate is 5 minutes walk to both Mitchelton railway station and state school.
The first section of Mitchelton View Estate was offered for sale in 1926 by B.F. Caniffe. In May 1933, B.F. Caniffe auctioned 50 suburban blocks, the third section of the Mitchelton View Estate. The subdivision was bounded by Gizerah Street, Taylors Road, Frasers Road and Mashobra Street. However, the bidding did not reach the reserve price and the blocks were not sold.
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.
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.
Notable people from or having lived in Mitchelton include:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mitchelton (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
- "Enoggera Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- "Mitchelton (entry 44885)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- "Oxford Park Estate, Enoggera". State Library of Queensland. 1913. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- "SALE OF OXFORD PARK ESTATE,". Daily Standard (244). Queensland, Australia. 24 September 1913. p. 4 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 23 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Advertising". Daily Standard (248). Queensland, Australia. 29 September 1913. p. 8 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 23 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Oxford Park - railway station in City of Brisbane (entry 25692)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- "Oxford Park - unbounded locality in City of Brisbane (entry 25691)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- "Grovely Lodge Estate, Mitchelton : 3rd section". State Library of Queensland. 10 June 1922. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
- "Advertising". The Telegraph (15455). Queensland, Australia. 10 June 1922. p. 16 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved 21 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier (21, 365). Queensland, Australia. 17 July 1926. p. 12. Retrieved 23 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Mitchelton View Estate". State Library of Queensland. 1933. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- "BIDDING TOO LOW". Sunday Mail (522). Queensland, Australia. 28 May 1933. p. 13. Retrieved 23 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
- "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.