Newmarket is an inner north-west suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the Brisbane central business district (CBD) and is surrounded by the suburbs of Alderley to the north, Ashgrove to the west, Kelvin Grove to the south, and Wilston to the east. 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.
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 settlement continued northward along Kelvin Grove Road in the late 19th Century, livestock saleyards opened in the area bordered by Enoggera Road, Newmarket Road, Wilston Road and Alderson Street, and were serviced by Newmarket train station after the rail line was extended from Mayne Junction in 1899. 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, most likely old cattle tracks between stockyards, that still exist in this neighbourhood.
The most significant landmark in Newmarket is the Newmarket Brickworks Chimney on Mina Parade, which was constructed in 1912 and is over 50 metres tall. It is a remnant of the Newmarket Brickworks, which was demolished in 1987. According to modern suburb boundaries, the chimney is now in the neighbouring suburb of Alderley.
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 Train, Newmarket Railway Station provides 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 Bus, Newmarket is serviced by Brisbane Transport buses to Chermside, Mitchelton and to The City.
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.
Until December 1968 trams operated by the Brisbane City Council operated 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 State School, a co-educational public primary school, located at 15 Banks Street, opened on 4 July 1904
- St Ambrose’s Catholic School, a co-educational Roman Catholic primary school, located at 23 Davidson Street, opened in 1936
There was a Newmarket State High School, a co-educational public secondary school, which opened on 29 January 1963 and closed on 13 December 1996; it was also located on Banks Street.
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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