Kelvin Grove

Kelvin Grove

Postcode: 4059 | Distance to CBD: 4 km

Welcome to Kelvin Grove
Kelvin Grove is one of Brisbane's most exciting suburbs. A stone's throw from the city and popular with students studying at the local QUT campus, what was once a sleepy suburb is now setting the benchmark for urban development.

The Kelvin Grove Urban Village is a modern village featuring studio units, deli precincts, the Creative Industries section of QUT, the Roundhouse Theatre and fabulous dining. There are weekly markets and a gourmet ice-cream shop - an essential outlet in Brisbane's summer months.

Kelvin Grove is only 4km from Brisbane’s CBD. 31% of households in this area are comprised of couples with children, and another 31% are couples without children. Stand alone houses account for 54% of the dwellings in this area, and units account for a further 38%. There’s a variety of housing in this area, covering everything from timber and tin workers cottages to modern unit blocks.

Kelvin Grove has plenty of small, local shops but if you’re after major shopping centres or supermarkets, head into town or over to Ashgrove.

3km north of Brisbane CBD

Good public transport, proximity to Brisbane City

Kelvin Grove has become a popular suburb for a range of people wishing to live close to Brisbane City, the Queensland University of Technology and the Royal Brisbane Hospital. The suburb's proximity to the city makes it a popular residence for young people, who study at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus, or commute into the city centre for work.

Located less than 4km from Brisbane's CBD, Kelvin Grove has experienced strong growth in the past five years as buyers have taken advantage of the suburb's proximity to the city and (then) affordable prices. With easy access to the City along Kelvin Grove Road and other major roads, Kelvin Grove will continue to attract residents and tenants.

The Royal Brisbane Hospital is in neighbouring Herston, and many of Kelvin Grove's residents are medical professionals and hospital workers who want to live close to work. Most of the homes in Kelvin Grove are renovated post-war workers' cottages and Queenslander-style homes.

There is a significant number of medium-density units and new developments. The completion of Kelvin Grove Urban Village, with its apartments, shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes has added to the popularity of the area.

Aboriginal history
The Turrbal clan occupied the northern side of the Brisbane River. This clan was often referred to by the whites as the 'Duke of York's clan and their leader was known as 'The Duke of York'. There were camping grounds around the Breakfast creek area and the explorers Oxley and Cunningham met members of the clan at the mouth of the Creek in 1824.

The main encampment of the Turrbal clan was in 'Yorks Hollow'. This gully passes through Victoria Park and the Royal National Association Showgrounds at Bowen Hills. Aborigines frequently gathered in the Kelvin Grove area to hold corroborees. They also assembled to receive blankets on the occasion of Queen Victoria's birthday.

In 1858 two Aborigines, Dalinkua and Dalpie from the Breakfast Creek area, wrote letters to The Moreton Bay Courier protesting about the treatment their people received at the hands of the white settlers.

Urban development
Kelvin Grove is four kilometres from the city. John and George Harris first purchased land in Kelvin Grove in 1859. Smaller allotments were sold as early as 1864. In 1868 Dr Joseph Bancroft had his home built at Kelvin Grove. Dr Bancroft was a botanist and scientist. He planted a garden that reminded him of Kelvin Grove Park in Glasgow, which is how the area got its name.

In the late 1860s the track to the Gympie goldfields passed through Kelvin Grove and assisted with its early development. As the population increased a school was needed and this opened in 1875. The tramline to Kelvin Grove opened in 1901. Kelvin Grove became part of the Shire of Ithaca before the Shire was amalgamated to form the Greater Brisbane Council in 1924.

Notable residents
Mr Sneyd was one of the early pioneers in Kelvin Grove. He was also the first warden of Brisbane Jail, then located on Petrie Terrace.

Mr Mainwaring, a Queen Street tailor, was said to be another early settler. Dr Joseph Bancroft had his home built at Kelvin Grove in 1868. Dr Bancroft was a botanist and scientist. He planted a garden that reminded him of Kelvin Grove Park in Glasgow, from which the suburb takes its name. The Kelvin Grove State School produced two Lilley medallists in three years. They were Beth Beeston in 1929 and Annie Green in 1931.

Kelvin Grove has been an important educational centre for many years. The Kelvin Grove Primary School celebrated its 125 Anniversary on 21 May 2000. The school is home to the old school bell, which is believed to be over 100 years old. Opposite the primary school, located in L'Estrange Terrace, is the Kelvin Grove High School, which opened in 1961.

Adjoining the high school is the Queensland University of Technology - Kelvin Grove Campus, which replaced the Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education.

Breakfast Creek now forms a suburb boundary with Kelvin Grove. In the 1930s and 1940s Brisbane City Council straightened, widened, deepened and diverted the path of Breakfast Creek. This work was undertaken to try to lessen the effects of flooding on houses and businesses in the area.

Reference: Lesley Jenkins, BRISbites, 2000

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