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Rocklea - Archerfield

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rocklea - Archerfield is 2,192, with a population density of 1.58 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rocklea - Archerfield is bounded by the Beenleigh railway line, Lofter Street, Curzon Street, Moolabin Creek, the Brisbane Golf Club and Moolabin Creek in the north, Beaudesert Road, the Beenleigh railway line, Riawena Road and Beaudesert Road in the east, Kerry Road, Beatty Road, Mortimer Road and the Archerfield Airport in the south, and Oxley Creek in the west.

Name origin

Rocklea is named after the Rocky Waterholes Creek, with "lea" meaning an uncultivated field or meadow. Archerfield is named after an early property in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for timber-getting, grazing and crop farming. Some growth took place in the 1880s, aided by the opening of the railway line. Industrial development took place in the early 1900s, with a munitions plant built during World War II. Land remained largely rural until the 1920s when the airport was constructed. The most significant residential development occurred in the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s, including public housing construction. The population and dwelling stock been relatively stable since the mid 1990s.

Land use

Rocklea - Archerfield is an industrial, airport and residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Archerfield Airport, Brisbane Markets, Oxley Creek Common, Kookaburra Park, Rocklea Showground and one school.