East Brisbane

East Brisbane

Postcode: 4169 | Distance to CBD: 4 km

Welcome to East Brisbane
Ideally situated by the river and close to the Story Bridge, the suburb of East Brisbane is only minutes away from the city and Valley. There's a mix of housing with modern apartments and townhouses as well as a number of older houses. East Brisbane is well represented on the Queensland Heritage Register with several assets including Mowbray Park. This historic park once had its own swimming baths and was the first park in Brisbane to have a World War I memorial.

Well established East Brisbane schools include "Churchie" (Anglican Church Grammar School) and the heritage listed East Brisbane State School built in 1898 and opened in 1899. Other attractions in and around East Brisbane are the parks along Norman Creek, the shopping precinct of Stones Corner and the 'Gabba, Brisbane's famous cricket and AFL venue.

Statistics
East Brisbane is only about 3km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 44% of households in this area are comprised of couples without children, and 31% are couples with children. Stand alone houses account for nearly 52% of dwellings in this area, and units account for a further 41%. There are a large number of units and townhouse in this area and it’s very popular with tenants, making it a good area for property investment.

Shopping
East Brisbane isn’t known for it’s shopping – but there are plenty of options in the surrounding suburbs. Head over to Old Cleveland Road in Coorparoo or Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre on Fairfield Road for your retail therapy.

Locals Comments
Spicy says: It provides a various activities suitable for anyone's life style. It is the best suburb that every time I think of it, I feel relaxed and happy.

Location
4km east of Brisbane CBD

Features
Proximity to Brisbane City, Mowbray Park, excellent bus services

Profile
About 4km from the Brisbane CBD, East Brisbane's proximity to the city has secured its popularity with empty nesters and young professionals. Confirming its position as a popular suburb for tenants, and consequently a good suburb for investment, almost every second house is rented.

Located between Kangaroo Point and Norman Park on the Brisbane River, an increase in demand for housing close to the city has seen a number of apartment and townhouse complexes developed in recent years. Surrounding suburbs service the educational requirements of East Brisbane residents.

Anglican Church Grammar School is the only school within the suburb's boundaries and is supplemented by public and private schools in nearby Coorparoo, Hawthorne, Camp Hill, and South Brisbane. Although there is no train station in East Brisbane (the closest is at Coorparoo) excellent bus services run regularly into and from the city centre and major shopping centres.

Residents also have easy access to the Southeast Freeway, making a weekend drive to the Gold Coast a possibility. Major supermarkets and retailers are available in the city's Queen Street Mall, along Old Cleveland Road in Coorparoo, in the retail outlet precinct of Stones Corner and a little further away at Westfield Carindale.

Mowbray Park provides some good picnic spots along the Brisbane River while Heath Park also provides waterfront parkland, located on the banks of Norman Creek. East Brisbane's superb location and access to local amenities will ensure that the suburb remains popular with young professionals and workers sick of the peak hour drive into the city. The suburb has seen steady growth over the last five years and that looks likely to continue as demand for inner city living results in a more limited supply.

Aboriginal history
Two groups, the Jagera and the Turrbal inhabited the Brisbane area. Norman Creek provided the Aborigines with food in the form of fish, turtle, reeds and the like. In the 1850s corroborees were held which attracted Aborigines from Bribie and Stradbroke islands.

Life for the Coorparoo clan depended on an intimate knowledge of the ecosystem, the changing patterns of food availability in the area, where and when resources could be located, and how resources could be manipulated to suit the physical or spiritual needs of the clan.

Urban development
In 1850 James Warner surveyed the East Brisbane area. One year later the Reverend Thomas Mowbray purchased just over twelve acres [4.9 hectares] in three parcels of riverfront land, which subsequently developed into the area known as Mowbraytown.

The first bridge across the mouth of Norman Creek was constructed in 1885, improving access to the city and to the port of Cleveland. This assisted in restoring faith to the property market in the area after the devastating flood of 1893. Today the area is popular because of its proximity to the city, its fine heritage homes and its waterfront land.

Notable residents
The Reverend Thomas Mowbray was born in Scotland in 1812 and arrived in the Moreton Bay Settlement in 1847. He became known as the father of Presbyterianism because he was instrumental in opening Brisbane's first Presbyterian Church in Grey Street, South Brisbane in May 1851. He died in 1867.

Landmarks
The Anglican Church Grammar School, better known as 'Churchie' is in Oakland Parade. The first permanent building was erected in 1917 and over the years more buildings, playing fields, and facilities have been added.

In 1916–17, Brisbane's earliest First World War memorial, a statue honouring all soldiers, sailors and nurses, was erected at Mowbray Park. A few years later a swimming enclosure was built on the river in front of the park. Today the park is still an important landmark of the area.

Other landmarks include the heritage-listed East Brisbane Primary School and the Classic Cinema in Stanley Street, which operated in the 1930s and 1940s.

Reference: BRISbites, 2000



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