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Darra - Sumner

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Darra - Sumner is 5,241, with a population density of 6.54 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Darra - Sumner is bounded by Sumners Road, the Centenary Highway, Monier Road, Duporth Road and Seventeen Mile Rocks Road in the north, Pannard Street, the suburb of Oxley, Valance Street, Dowding Street and Kimberley Street in the east, Boundary Road in the south, and Bullock Head Creek, Wolston Road and Wacol Station Road in the west.

Name origin

Darra is thought to be named after a town in Scotland. Sumner is thought to be named after an early settler.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the 1870s, aided by the construction of the railway line. Residential and industrial growth continued during the early 1900s. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth in Darra during the 1960s, and in Sumner during the 1970s and 1980s. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then increased by a similar amount between 2001 and 2006, a result of new dwellings being added to the area and an increase in the number of occupied dwellings.

Land use

Darra - Sumner is a residential and industrial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Centro Monier Village (shopping centre), Centenary Memorial Gardens & Crematorium, Atthows Park, Centenary Highway Park and two schools.