There are many older-style weatherboard and chamferboard homes in this area as well as modern units and townhouses.
Morningside is said to be named after a local estate belonging to David Longlands. The name of the estate itself likely referred either to the Scottish town, or to the estate's location on the eastern side of Brisbane. It is also said to be named for the sight of the morning sun catching the banks of the river.
The old suburb of Colmslie was merged into Morningside. At the corner of Bennetts and Wynnum Roads is the historic Bulimba Cemetery (also known as the Balmoral Cemetery) dating from 1875. Morningside started off as a rural area with small dairy and tobacco farms before becoming a popular residential area in the post-war boom.
In December 1884, "The Richmond Park Estate" made up of 145 allotments, was advertised to be auctioned by Hooker, Son & Elliott. A map advertising the auction shows an area bordering Main Cleveland Road, between what is now Wynnum Road and Richmond Road in Morningside. The Bulimba Divisional Board offices and grounds are clearly marked.
In March 1920, the area of land on the hill adjacent to Morningside Station, was offered for sale as the "Morningside Estate", to be auctioned by A.M. Newman. A map of the estate shows the allotments offered for sale. Coronation Park estate Morningside was advertised for sale on the 21st July 1923. The estate is centred on the Keralgerie Park in Morningside.  Marooba Estate on the corner of Riding Road and Lawson Street was advertised for sale on the 25th of August 1928, 20 business and residential blocks were auctioned.
Until 13 April 1969, electric trams skirted the western edge of the suburb, operating along Wynnum Road and Riding Road.
There are two shopping centres in Morningside; Morningside Central, located on the corner of Junction Road and Wynnum Road, and Colmslie Plaza on the opposite side of Junction Road. The Colmslie Hotel is located next to Colmslie Plaza.
The Balmoral Cemetery is located at the corner of Wynnum and Bennetts Road, Morningside. Opened in 1875, this is no longer an active cemetery, but existing graves can be re-used for family members. It is also known as Bulimba Cemetery and Morningside Cemetery and was historically known as Kangaroo Point Cemetery.
Morningside State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 67 Pashen Street ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 454 students with 37 teachers (29 full-time equivalent) and 26 non-teaching staff (15 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program. The school has 26 classrooms, with a swimming pool, tennis court and a large oval.).
In October 2018, a major fire broke out at Morningside State School which caused extensive damage to the school. The school re-opened one week later with the assistance and hard work of the entire school community.
Morningside has three heritage-listed sites:
- former Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory (82 Colmslie Road)
- Balmoral Fire Station (105 Pashen Street)
- Morningside Air Raid Shelter (580 Wynnum Road)
- The Voss brothers, Michael and Brett, who play for the Brisbane Lions and St Kilda Football Club respectively. Brett is still playing, whilst Michael is the former coach of the Brisbane Lions.
- Fazerdaze, aka Amelia Murray, a musician from the area who released her first studio album with "Morningside" as the title of the project
- Mal Michael, Australian rules footballer
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