Wynnum is on the shores of Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Australia, about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of the CBD. Although Wynnum is situated next to the ocean, the shoreline is covered in mangroves and aromatic mudflats which makes it unsuitable for swimming at low tide. Next to the Wynnum Wading Pool which has a playground and Water Park and the Wynnum Jetty, there is a man-made beach called Pandanus Beach.
The area was sparsely settled until the arrival of the railway in the late 1880s, but then grew fairly rapidly. The former Wynnum Shire Council was created in 1902, and twelve years later Wynnum became a municipality with its own town council and the right to elect a mayor. The Wynnum Town Council was absorbed into the enlarged City of Brisbane in 1925.
The Wynnum Seventh-day Adventist Church was established in late 1937 with the first minister being Pastor Septimus Wilfred Carr. Initially they met in private homes and then relocated the Wynnum RSL Hall and then at the Wynnum St Peters Church of England Hall. In 1947 a block of land was purchased at the corner of Sunflower and Carnation Street, Wynnum and in 1948 the Mitchelton Methodist Hall was purchased and moved to the site as the congregations’ first church.
The suburb has traditionally boasted a country town atmosphere, but new residential development is resulting in significant population growth and changing demographics. The area is now marked by a mix of character housing and modern housing.
The median age of the Wynnum population was 40 years, 3 years above the Australian median.
73.7% of people living in Wynnum were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 6.2%, England 5.3%, Philippines 0.9%, Scotland 0.8%, South Africa 0.5%.
88.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% Tagalog, 0.4% German, 0.4% Vietnamese, 0.3% Filipino, 0.3% Spanish.
Wynnum has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 199 Bay Terrace: Mount Carmel Convent
- 75 Berrima Street: Waterloo Bay Hotel
- The Esplanade: Wynnum Wading Pool
- 39 Mountjoy Terrace: former Wynnum Fire Station
- 33 Tingal Road: former Wynnum Ambulance Station
- 272 Wynnum North Road: Nazareth House
Wynnum is served by three stations on the Cleveland railway line. Wynnum North railway station, Wynnum railway station and Wynnum Central railway station provide access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Cleveland.
The Wynnum district has several primary schools and two public high schools – Wynnum State High School and Brisbane Bayside State College.
Sports and recreational activities
It also has an extensive range of long established sporting clubs, such as Wynnum Seagulls Rugby League Club, , Wynnum District SC (Wolves FC Soccer Club – since 1921), Wynnum Manly District Cricket Club, Wynnum Bugs Rugby Union Club, and Wynnum Vikings Australian Rules Football Club. Wynnum Esplanade hosts Wynnum parkrun every Saturday – a free weekly 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) walk/run which attracts many participants. Recreational clubs include the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club and the RSL. The Wynnum foreshore is a popular swimming and picnic spot for Brisbane families especially at weekends.
The following were either born or have lived at some time in Wynnum:
- Quentin Bryce – former Governor General of Australia
- Kay Danes – human rights activist, memoirist
- Keith Rayner – former Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne
- Samantha Riley – olympic swimming medallist
- Kyle Sandilands – radio host
- Stacey Thomson – television host
Census date Population Wynnum 1891 0683 1911 2320 1921 8357 1933 12,905 1954 18,479 Wynnum and Lota 1961 22,007 1971 24,064
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