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Kelvin Grove
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Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Kelvin Grove
Kelvin Grove is located in Queensland
Kelvin Grove
Kelvin Grove
Location in Queensland
Population 7,927 (2016 census)
 • Density 4,660/km2 (12,100/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4059
Area 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 3.6 km (2 mi) NW of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Paddington Ward & Central Ward)
State electorate(s)
  • McConnel
  • Cooper
Federal Division(s) Brisbane
Suburbs around Kelvin Grove:
Newmarket Newmarket Wilston
Red Hill Kelvin Grove Herston
Red Hill Petrie Terrace
Brisbane City
Spring Hill

Kelvin Grove is an inner northern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Kelvin Grove had a population of 7,927 people.


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Kelvin Grove Road c.1890

Kelvin Grove was part of the Shire of Ithaca (later the Town of Ithaca) before the town was amalgamated into the City of Greater Brisbane in 1925.

In 1901 electric trams commenced operations along Kelvin Grove Road, running to the city. The tram service ceased in December 1968 and since that time diesel and more recently compressed natural gas buses operated by the Brisbane City Council have served the suburb. Electric trolley-buses, also operated by the Brisbane City Council connected the suburb with Fortitude Valley, via Herston between 1953 and 1969.

Following the closure of the Gona Barracks in 1998, the 7 hectares (17 acres) site was used as the basis of an urban renewal program resulting in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village which integrates the Kelvin Grove campus of Queensland University of Technology with residential and commercial buildings. The Kelvin Grove Urban Village was officially opened by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie on 24 November 2003.

Heritage listings

Kelvin Grove has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


In the 2011 census, Kelvin Grove recorded a population of 6,018 people, 52% female and 48% male.

The median age of the Kelvin Grove population was 27 years of age, 10 years below the Australian median.

60.8% of people living in Kelvin Grove were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were China 3.6%, Saudi Arabia 3.4%, England 2.9%, India 2.4%, New Zealand 2.3%.

69.4% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 4.6% Arabic, 3.7% Mandarin, 1.7% Cantonese, 1.5% Malay, 1.1% Korean.

Cultural amenities


Kelvin Grove State College is a government primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at L'Estrange Terrace (27°26′59″S 153°00′42″E / 27.4497°S 153.0118°E / -27.4497; 153.0118 (Kelvin Grove State College)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 2862 students with 218 teachers (194 full-time equivalent) and 81 non-teaching staff (58 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Queensland Academy for Creative Industries is a government secondary (10-12) school for boys and girls at 61 Musk Avenue (27°27′10″S 153°00′51″E / 27.4528°S 153.0143°E / -27.4528; 153.0143 (Queensland Academy for Creative Industries)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 295 students with 40 teachers (34 full-time equivalent) and 22 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).

The suburb is also home to the Kelvin Grove Campus of the Queensland University of Technology.

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