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Ridgewood Road, Algester
Algester is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 8,433 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,340/km2 (6,100/sq mi)
Established 1968
Postcode(s) 4115
Area 3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 19.4 km (12 mi) S of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Calamvale Ward)
State electorate(s) Algester
Federal Division(s) Rankin
Suburbs around Algester:
Willawong Acacia Ridge Sunnybank Hills
Pallara Algester Calamvale
Larapinta Parkinson Parkinson

Algester is a southern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Algester had a population of 8,433 people.


In the 2011 census, Algester recorded a population of 8,262 people, 51.3% female and 48.7% male.

The median age of the Algester population was 34 years, 3 years below the national median of 37.

58.5% of people living in Algester were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 7.1%, England 4%, China 2.9%, Philippines 1.8%, India 1.5%.

70.9% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 4% Mandarin, 2.2% Cantonese, 1.2% Spanish, 0.9% Hindi, 0.8% Vietnamese.


It was detached from Acacia Ridge and named in 1972, after the main road in the district. The road's name dates from about 1910 when a local family formed it and gave it the name 'Alcester', after an English town.

In 1968, Leighton Properties planned a suburban estate with the proposed name of 'Ridgewood Heights'. Whilst the estate's main access route retains that name, the Queensland Place Names Board, substituted 'Algester' in 1972. During this time, Algester Road and Dalmeny Street were connected as non-sealed roads and the only thoroughfare into the suburb, which was then still virgin bushland. Dalmeny Street ended at the first house to be built in the suburb known then as Lot 22 (now numbered as 133). These early residents were exposed to the abundance of native Australian flora and fauna, before development in the mid-1970s. Algester was heavily developed from the mid-1970s and has also seen considerable recent development. It forms part of the Brisbane Agricultural Reserve, which once covered a large area of southern Brisbane.

Algester Primary School was founded in 1977 with a student population of about 200.

In July 2007, a major leak of an oil pipeline resulted in the forced evacuation of residents in Algester.


Algester State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 19 Endiandra Street (27°36′56″S 153°01′55″E / 27.6156°S 153.0319°E / -27.6156; 153.0319 (Algester State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 990 students with 68 teachers (61 full-time equivalent) and 39 non-teaching staff (24 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

St Stephen's School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 156 Ridgewood Road (27°37′05″S 153°01′43″E / 27.6181°S 153.0287°E / -27.6181; 153.0287 (St Stephen's School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 510 students with 33 teachers (30 full-time equivalent) and 18 non-teaching staff (11 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Algester. The nearest government secondary school is Calamvale Community College in neighbouring Calamvale to the east.

Notable people

  • Karmichael Hunt, Brisbane Broncos fullback
  • Kym Tollenaere, Australian softball catcher

William (Bill) Ward OAM, MM Decorated war veteran

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