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Birkdale
Redland CityQueensland
Population 13,796 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4159
Location 21 km (13 mi) from Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) Redland City
State electorate(s) Cleveland, Capalaba
Federal Division(s) Bowman
Suburbs around Birkdale:
Thorneside Moreton Bay Wellington Point
Ransome Birkdale Wellington Point
Chandler Capalaba Alexandra Hills

Birkdale is a locality in Redland City, Queensland, Australia. It stretches from Tingalpa Creek in the west, the border with Brisbane City, to Wellington Point in the east. Thorneside and Waterloo Bay are to its north, and Capalaba and Alexandra Hills to its south.

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Birkdale recorded a population of 13,796 people, 50.8% female and 49.2% male.

The median age of the Birkdale population was 39 years, 2 years above the national median of 37.

75.2% of people living in Birkdale were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 5.8%, New Zealand 4.9%, South Africa 1.3%, Netherlands 1.2%, Scotland 0.8%.

90% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.1% Dutch, 0.5% German, 0.5% Mandarin, 0.4% Vietnamese, 0.4% Italian.

History

Birkdale was named in 1880 by local landowner William Thorne after his birthplace, Birkdale in England.

Queensland State Archives 1609 Birkdale State School Additions and alterations April 1951
Birkdale State School, April 1951

Birkdale State School opened on 27 November 1916.

In the 1920s, poultry was a major industry in Birkdale.

Birkdale South State School opened on 25 January 1982.

Climate

Birkdale has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot, humid summers and mild winters. From November through March, thunderstorms are common, with the more severe events accompanied by large damaging hail stones, torrential rain and destructive winds.

Climate data for Redlands
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.5
(99.5)
38.2
(100.8)
35.6
(96.1)
32.7
(90.9)
29.3
(84.7)
25.9
(78.6)
27.4
(81.3)
31.6
(88.9)
33.4
(92.1)
35.1
(95.2)
36.6
(97.9)
36.6
(97.9)
38.2
(100.8)
Average high °C (°F) 28.9
(84)
28.6
(83.5)
27.7
(81.9)
25.9
(78.6)
23.3
(73.9)
21.0
(69.8)
20.5
(68.9)
21.5
(70.7)
23.6
(74.5)
25.3
(77.5)
26.8
(80.2)
28.2
(82.8)
25.1
(77.2)
Average low °C (°F) 19.9
(67.8)
20.0
(68)
18.6
(65.5)
15.7
(60.3)
12.5
(54.5)
9.7
(49.5)
8.2
(46.8)
8.3
(46.9)
11.0
(51.8)
14.2
(57.6)
16.7
(62.1)
18.7
(65.7)
14.5
(58.1)
Record low °C (°F) 9.5
(49.1)
13.0
(55.4)
10.9
(51.6)
5.0
(41)
2.3
(36.1)
1.0
(33.8)
0.0
(32)
0.1
(32.2)
2.6
(36.7)
4.2
(39.6)
5.7
(42.3)
9.2
(48.6)
0.0
(32)
Precipitation mm (inches) 154.3
(6.075)
161.5
(6.358)
163.2
(6.425)
105.7
(4.161)
113.2
(4.457)
87.6
(3.449)
61.8
(2.433)
52.4
(2.063)
39.1
(1.539)
84.0
(3.307)
104.5
(4.114)
143.7
(5.657)
1,269.1
(49.965)
Avg. precipitation days 11.5 12.9 12.8 11.3 10.2 8.1 7.2 6.2 7.0 9.1 10.2 10.7 117.2
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Notable citizens

  • Peter Airley (1865-1950), school teacher, politician and writer
  • Wally Lewis (01/12/59-), Rugby League player, sports presenter
  • Mirusia Louwerse (29/03/1985 -), opera singer
  • George Randall (1843-1930), confectionery manufacturer, migration officer and orchardist

Major features

Major features of Birkdale are a railway station, a canal style housing development known as Aquatic Paradise, a significant shopping precinct located near Aquatic Paradise and a retirement village known as Wellington Manor.

It is also home to one of the Redlands Waste Transfer Stations (27°30′32″S 153°13′35″E / 27.5089°S 153.2264°E / -27.5089; 153.2264 (Birkdale Waste Transfer Station)), which (as of July 2012) is provided to the residents of the city free of charge. It encourages residents to recycle such items as green waste, cardboard etc. and helps in the proper disposal of hazardous materials.

Transport

Birkdale Railway Station, Queensland, July 7 2012
Birkdale Railway Station, 2012

Birkdale railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Cleveland.

Youth organisations

  • Birkdale Scout Group

Coordinates: 27°29′28″S 153°13′05″E / 27.491°S 153.218°E / -27.491; 153.218

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