Morningside, Queensland

Morningside is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[2] It is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the CBD,[5] and borders Cannon Hill, Norman Park, and Hawthorne.

At the time of the 2011 Census 47.8% of occupied dwellings in Morningside were detached houses, and 29.2% were semi-detached houses, while units accounted for a further 22.9%.[1] There are many older-style weatherboard and chamferboard homes in this area as well as modern units and townhouses.


Morningside was named after a local estate belonging to David Longlands.[7] 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.[2]


The area was first settled by Europeans in the early 1870s.[4] The land at that time was used mainly for agriculture; in particular, dairy, sugarcane, and tobacco production.[4][8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] A map of the estate shows the allotments offered for sale.[12]

Until 13 April 1969 electric trams skirted the western edge of the suburb, operating along Wynnum Road and Riding Road.

The Cairncross Dockyard was constructed in Morningside between 1942 and 1944. The facility closed in 2014, and as of 2016 was to be redeveloped into a commercial and residential area.[13]


The 2011 Census recorded 9,399 residents in Morningside, of whom 50.8% were female and 49.2% were male. The median age of the population was 32; 5 years younger than the Australian average.[1] 71.3% of people living in Morningside were born in Australia, with the next most common countries of birth being New Zealand (4.8%), England (4%), India (1.4%), South Africa (1.1%), and South Korea (1%). 84.6% of people spoke English as their first language, while the other most common responses were Spanish (0.9%), Korean (0.8%), Mandarin (0.8%), German (0.6%), and Cantonese (0.6%).[1] 45.7% of households in Morningside consisted of couples without children, 34.8% consisted of couples with children, and 15.5% were made up of single-parent families.[1]


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 a popular pub 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.[14]

Heritage listings

Morningside has three heritage-listed sites:


Morningside's main road is Wynnum Road, and Morningside station connects the suburb to the Cleveland railway line.


There is one primary school, Morningside State School, located on Pashen St. There are also two high schools located in Morningside, one state run and the other private. Balmoral State High School is located on Thynne Rd and Lytton Road while Cannon Hill Anglican College is situated on the corner of Junction Road and Krupp Street.

Notable residents

  • 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


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Morningside, Qld (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 October 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "Morningside (entry 48108)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Find a postcode". Australia Post. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Morningside". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Centre for the Government of Queensland. "Morningside". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Morningside Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Morningside". RE/MAX. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Local History - Morningside". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Miscellanea". The Telegraph (3, 808). Queensland, Australia. 5 December 1884. p. 5. Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "The Richmond Park Estate". State Library of Queensland. 6 December 1884. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Morningside Estate". The Brisbane Courier (19, 384). Queensland, Australia. 5 March 1920. p. 6. Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Morningside Estate". State Library of Queensland. 1920. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  13. ^ Clun, Rachel (27 April 2016). "Huge Brisbane naval dockyard in prime location to be sold". Domain. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Historic cemeteries". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory (former) (entry 602465)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Balmoral Fire Station (entry 601530)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Morningside Air Raid Shelter (entry 602481)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.

External links

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