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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Chelmer is 1,851, with a population density of 13.54 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Chelmer is bounded by the Brisbane River in the north, east and west, and Leybourne Street, Turner Street, Richardson Street, Oxley Road, Plumridge Street, Appel Street, Richmond Street, Laurel Avenue and Verney Road West in the south.

Name origin

Chelmer is thought to be named after the Chelmer River in England. It was previously known as Oxley Point and Riverton.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for farming and sheep and cattle grazing. Population was minimal until the 1870s, aided by the extension of the railway line from Ipswich. Growth took place in the 1880s as land was subdivided. More substantial development took place in the 1930s, as access was improved, and then from the 1950s. The population and dwelling stock have been relatively stable since the early 1990s.

Land use

Chelmer is an established residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (Chelmer Campus), Queensland Police College, Gordon Thomson Park, Taylor Bridge Reserve, Western Districts Sporting Club and one school.