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South Brisbane

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for South Brisbane is 6,662, with a population density of 33.68 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

South Brisbane is bounded by the Brisbane River in the north, the Pacific Motorway and Stanley Street in the east, Annerley Road, Athlone Street, the railway line, Prospect Terrace, Gladstone Road and Vulture Street in the south, and Browning Street, Mollison Street and Hockings Street in the west.

Name origin

South Brisbane is named for the area to the south of the Brisbane River and the Brisbane CBD, which was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, former Governor of New South Wales.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s. Growth took place from the 1860s, when many boarding houses were built. Substantial residential development took place during the 1880s and 1890s, spurred by the opening of the railway line in 1884, the development of wharf activities, and industrial and commercial development. Expansion continued during the early 1900s and the interwar period. Regeneration of former wharves and industrial areas took place from the 1980s, when the area was selected as the location of Expo '88. Following this, South Bank Parklands was built on the former Expo site. The population has increased substantially since the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, largely from urban renewal and redevelopment.

Land use

South Brisbane is a mixed use area, with industrial, commercial, cultural, tourist, recreational and growing residential land uses.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Queensland Performing Arts Centre, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum, Queensland Maritime Museum, Playhouse Theatre, Cremorne Theatre & Gallery, South Bank House, Suncorp Piazza, South Bank Police Station, Musgrave Park Swimming Centre, Mater Hospital, Mater Private Hospital, Mater Medical Centre, West End The Markets Shopping Centre, West End Central Shopping Centre, Stanley Street Plaza, Musgrave Park, South Bank Parklands, Griffith University (Southbank Campus, including the Queensland Conservatorium and Queensland College of Art), Southbank Institute of Technology (Southbank Campus), SkillsTech Australia (South Brisbane Campus), Royal Brisbane International College and a number of schools.