Newmarket is an inner north-west suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is an older, mostly residential suburb containing pre-war and post-war homes, including many fine examples of the Queenslander style of home. Over the last few years, some medium-density townhouses and unit blocks have appeared as well. In the 2016 census, Newmarket had a population of 4979 people.
Newmarket is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the Brisbane central business district (CBD).
Newmarket was originally known as "The Three Mile Scrub" due to its distance from the city, and Ashgrove Avenue, which links Enoggera Road with Waterworks Road to the west, was known as Three Mile Scrub Road. As Brisbne continued to grow northward along Kelvin Grove Road, in about 1880 it was decided to relocated Brisbane's livestock saleyards from Normanby to an outer location, the area now bordered by Enoggera Road, Newmarket Road, Wilston Road and Alderson Street. This area became known as the "new market" given the suburb its name. The new sale yards were serviced by Newmarket railway station after the rail line was extended from Mayne Junction in 1899.
In 1900 local residents were agitating to have the Kelvin Grove tramway extended along Enoggera Road to the Newmarket Hotel. However, a new bridge over Enoggera Creek would be required. Also there were concerns that the close proximity of the proposed tramway would take revenue away from the railway line. However these concerns were resolved and the tramway extension to the Newmarket Hotel was opened on Monday 27 July 1903.
Newmarket State School opened on 4 July 1904.
The Newmarket Brickworks were constructed in Mina Parade in 1912 with a chimney over 50 metres (160 ft) tall. The brickwords were demolished in 1987 but the Newmarket Brickworks chimney remains and is now heritage-listed. However, due to changes in the suburb boundaries, the chimney is now officially in the neighbouring suburb of Alderley.
The sale of the McCook Estate, at the time part of the suburb Kelvin Grove, now Newmarket, by Auctioneers, Martin Snelling & Co, occurred on 3rd March 1928 at 3 pm on the grounds. It was offered again for sale by auction on 14 April 1928 . The Estate comprised 19 splendid business and residential sites, located on the corner of Kelvin Grove Road and Parker street and backing onto Foster street. The advertisement stressed the convenience of location on the tram-line, within 15 minutes ride to the GPO and close to the shopping centre, picture theatre, churches and state schools.
As urban development continued in Newmarket, the saleyards were moved to Cannon Hill in 1931. Evidence of the saleyards can still be seen in a number of narrow laneways including one known as Saleyards Lane, most likely old cattle tracks between stockyards, that still exist in this neighbourhood.
Until December 1968 trams operated by the Brisbane City Council plied along Enoggera Road. A former tramway electrical substation still stands on the corner of Kate Street and Enoggera Road and has been transformed into a contemporary dwelling.
Newmarket has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Enoggera Road: Newmarket Air Raid Shelter
- 320 Enoggera Road: Newmarket State School
- 47 Watson Street: Wilston House
In the 2011 census the population of Newmarket was 4,444, 51.8% female and 48.2% male.
The median age of the Newmarket population was 32 years of age, 5 years below the Australian median.
76% of people living in Newmarket were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were England 3.4%, New Zealand 2.6%, India 1.9%, China 1.2%, Korea, Republic of 0.7%.
85.6% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.1% Mandarin, 1% Italian, 0.7% Cantonese, 0.7% Spanish, 0.6% Korean.
Via Road, Newmarket's main arterials are Enoggera Road which is the main corridor for motorists travelling to The City and Alderley, as well as Newmarket Road which is the main corridor for motorists travelling to Lutwyche.
Newmarket State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 15 Banks Street ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 263 students with 26 teachers (17 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (10 full-time equivalent).).
St Ambrose's Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 23 Davidson Street ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 273 students with 20 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) and 13 non-teaching staff (7 full-time equivalent).).
Newmarket offers a number of options to locals and nearby residents. The Brisbane City Council operates a public swimming pool in Sedgeley Park, on Alderson Street. Enoggera Creek, which forms the southern boundary of Newmarket, contains a linear park and bikeway. The suburb has several sporting ovals, including Spencer Park, which is home to former NSL and current Brisbane Premier League team Brisbane City Football Club and Windsor Royals Baseball Club, and McCook Park, which is home to Newmarket SFC soccer club.
The first stage of the Newmarket Shopping Centre opened in 2005. The shopping centre contains a Coles supermarket, post office, Commonwealth Bank of Australia branch, newsagent and several specialty stores. There is also a cinema complex recently built. The historic Newmarket Hotel, established 1897, has been completely renovated and is now a buzzing hive of activity most nights of the week. Both the Newmarket Hotel and shopping centre are located on the corner of Newmarket Road and Enoggera Road, at Newmarket. Brisbane Mexican cuisine pioneers Pepe's Mexican Restaurant moved to Newmarket in 2006.
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