Windsor

Windsor

Postcode: 4030 | Distance to CBD: 3 km

Welcome to Windsor
Windsor is a historic, pretty suburb with contrasts galore. The geography consists of steep hills with city views and lower flood-prone areas near Enoggera Creek. The houses range from tiny workers' cottages to stunning mansions. You'll find large tracts of playing fields and parkland at Downey Park (where Vicky Wilson shot her school girl netball goals) as well as the bushland remnant of Eildon Hill with its great views over the city.

The Windsor Historic Society is housed in the former Council Chambers building, built in 1897 from stone carved from the now defunct Windsor quarry. Only four kilometres from the city, Windsor is also on the train line and split by busy Lutwyche Road. A few magnificent fig trees remain that are a legacy from years past. Windsor is also home to Brisbane's largest community garden, Northey Street City Farm, which hosts weekly organic markets and edible plant nursery.

Statistics
Windsor is about 3.5km from Brisbane’s CBD. 41% of households in this area are comprised of couples without children, and a further 37% are couples with children. Stand alone houses account for 59% of dwellings in this area, and units account for a further 35%. The blocks in this suburb vary from small to quite large. There’s a wide range of housing styles in the area, and many of the older homes have been beautifully restored to their former glory.

Shopping
Home Zone and Homemaker City, both on Newmarket Road, are fantastic if you’re after home and lifestyle products or ideas. For your groceries, head over to Centro Lutwyche – they have 2 supermarkets and plenty of specialty stores.

Location
4.5km north of Brisbane CBD.

Features
Close to Lutwyche Shopping Centre and Brisbane CBD, Windsor Bowling Club, Windsor rail station.

Profile
Located approximately four kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, Windsor offers buyers a selection of housing styles, in a variety of price ranges. The popularity of the suburb is largely due to its proximity to the city, which has caused an increase in demand for homes in the area and, in turn, significant price growth.

In keeping with the style of the suburb, many of its historic homes are being bought and renovated to their former glory. As with the neighbouring suburb of Wilston, Windsor is home to a number of professionals working in the health industry due to the proximity of the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Also attractive to buyers is Windsor's access to excellent public transport. A trip into the city from Windsor train station will take residents less than 15 minutes. Regular bus routes offer similarly timed services for residents not in close proximity to the train station. Leisure parks such as Keith Beavis Oval and the Windsor Bowling Club, and walkways running alongside Enoggera Creek offer residents a break from the major traffic of Lutwyche Road, which divides the suburb in half. Downey Park and Ballymore are also nearby in Wilston.

There are private and public schools in surrounding suburbs, which cater to primary and secondary students, with Windsor State School being the only school within the suburb's boundaries. The local retail stores in the area are supplemented by larger retail chains in Lutwyche Shopping Centre and slightly further away in the Stafford City and Brookside Shopping Centres.

Aboriginal history
The Duke of York tribe spoke the Turrbal language and occupied the metropolitan area on the north side of the Brisbane River. They first encountered white men in 1824, when the explorers Oxley and Cunnningham met members of the tribe at the mouth of Breakfast Creek.

The main camp of the north Brisbane tribe was very close to Downey Park at 'Yorks Hollow', the gully that passes through Victoria Park and the Royal National Association (RNA) showgrounds. Local residents reported seeing Aborigines walking through low-lying Downey Park on their way to a camp at Enoggera as late as the 1890s and the land near Constitution Road was an Aboriginal burial ground.

Urban development
The suburb was named after Windsor in England, the site of the Royal Family's Windsor Castle near London. The Rev George Wright owned the Eildon Hill District, which covered about 150 acres.

Many of the large holdings were sub-divided in the 1880s and Windsor was declared a shire in 1887 - Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee year. In 1898 the railway passed through the area and in 1904 Windsor became a municipality. The new town of Windsor embraced Albion, Wooloowin, Wilston, Lutwyche, Newmarket, Swan Hill, a portion of Eagle Junction and a portion of Kedron. In 1925 the Windsor Shire Council amalgamated with the Greater Brisbane Council.

Notable residents
Sir James Cockle, a Chief Justice of Queensland, and Sir Maurice O'Connell, a President of the Legislative Assembly, both lived in Windsor. Captain Claude Whish lived in the suburb and Whish Street is named after him.

James Swan was originally from Scotland and he came to Brisbane in 1846. Along with Mr Lyon he printed the first edition of The Moreton Bay Courier. Swan was elected as alderman for East Ward in 1872 and was Mayor of Brisbane in 1873, 1874 and 1875.

Ruby Robinson AM, MBE, former Courier Mail sports writer and member of the Queensland Women's Amateur Sports Council Inc. made a major contribution to the development of Downey Park as an area for women's sport.

Landmarks
The Windsor Shire Council Chambers was erected in 1896-97. Council business was conduced there until 1925, when the Council was absorbed by the Greater Brisbane Council. The building was vacated by Brisbane City Council in 1990 and is now the home of the Windsor and District Historical Society.

The Windsor War Memorial Park was originally the site of the Bowen Bridge State School, which burnt down in 1914. After this time it became a park. An octagonal pavilion was erected there in 1925 to honour local residents who had served in the First World War

Reference: Lesley Jenkins, BRISbites, 2000



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