Salisbury is 12.7 kilometres (8 mi) by road south of the CBD.
Toohey Mountain and Toohey Mountain Reserve is located on the north east boundary of the suburb.
Today, Salisbury is an established residential and industrial area, with substantial park lands in the north.
The Beenleigh railway line opened in 1885 which included the Salisbury railway station to service the area. The Logan Railway estate was auctioned on 2 May 1885, the estate was near Salisbury railway station.
On 23 November 1918, Mountain View Estate, Salisbury located off Main Road (now known as Lilian Avenue) was advertised to be auctioned at 3 o'clock on site, by auctioneer A. S. Phillips & Sons Ltd. The estate consisted of 26 half-acre allotments and four two-acre blocks. he allotments were advertised as situated on a high position between Salisbury and Coopers Plains railway stations and opposite the site purchased by the Queensland Government for the proposed State School.
Salisbury State School opened on 27 May 1920.
The School Estate Salisbury was advertised for auction on Saturday 14 May 1921. 75 residential sites were sold by Cameron Brothers next to Salisbury State School and within 10 minutes walk to Salisbury Railway station.
The area remained predominantly rural until after the Second World War. Because of its comparative remoteness, a series of munition factories were built in the area, along what is now Evans Road. The tram line from the city to Moorooka was extended in 1941 to Evans Road to service these factories. The tram line finally closed on 13 April 1969.
By the end of October 1943, the production of small arms at the Rocklea Factory had ceased and the place was ready for re-occupation and conversion to engine overhaul for the Department of Aircraft Production. Provision was also made for the establishment on the site of the Salisbury Hotel.
In 1955, Orange Grove Road was extended north from the eastern end of Lillian Avenue to connect to the eastern end of Evans Road. Toohey Road linked Salisbury to Tarragindi in September 1959. Significant residential development occurred during the post-war years, with rapid growth from the 1960s.
St Pius X Catholic School opened in 1964. The school was instigated by parish priest Father Frank Costello and is located on 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of land behind the St Pius X church. The school was operated by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart until 1981 after which it was under lay leadership.
Southside Christian College opened at 109A Golda Avenue on 15 April 1985 with 16 primary students. In 2011 the school was renamed Brisbane Christian College. In June 2015 the school purchased the site of the former Nyanda State High School at 63 Fairlie Terrace for their middle and senior school campus.
In the 2016 census, the population of Salisbury was 6,290, of which 50.0% were female and 50.0% were male.
The median age of the Salisbury population was 35 years, three years below the Australian median.
67.8% of people living in Salisbury were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%. The other top responses for country of birth were India (4.0%), New Zealand (2.8%), England (2.6%), China (1.9%) and Vietnam (0.8%).
74.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were Mandarin (2.4%), Cantonese (1.4%), Punjabi and Spanish (both 1.2%) and Gujarati (1.0).
Major features of the area include Toohey Forest, Toohey Mountain, The Construction Training Centre, SkillsTech Australia (Salisbury Campus), Brisbane Christian College, Life Church, Russ Hall Park and a number of local schools, shops, aged care facilities, clubs and sporting facilities. The area is serviced by both a railway station and a number of bus routes connecting to Brisbane central business district and surrounding areas.
The book publishing company Boolarong Press has its headquarters in the suburb.
Salisbury State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 19 Cripps Street ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 256 students with 22 teachers (17 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (11 full-time equivalent).).
St Pius X School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 73 Golda Avenue ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 150 students with 13 teachers (10 full-time equivalent) and 11 non-teaching staff (6 full-time equivalent).).
Brisbane Christian College is a private primary and secondary school (Prep-12) school for boys and girls. It has its Prep-5 campus at 99-109 Golda Avenue ( ) and its 6-12 campus at 63 Fairlie Terrace ( ). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 820 students with 58 teachers (52 full-time equivalent) and 79 non-teaching staff (38 full-time equivalent).
Housing predominantly consists of a variety of detached dwellings on various lot sizes, ranging from traditional Queenslander style homes on 800 meters squared to modern style homes on 400 meters squared.
The area is undergoing change and renewal with many families seeking to make it their home.
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