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Kelvin Grove
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Kelvin Grove Urban Village
Population 6,018 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4059
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Paddington Ward)
State electorate(s) Brisbane Central
Federal Division(s) Brisbane
Suburbs around Kelvin Grove:
Newmarket Newmarket Wilston
Red Hill Kelvin Grove Herston
Red Hill CBD CBD

Kelvin Grove is an inner northern suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the CBD. This hilly suburb takes its name from Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, Scotland. It is primarily residential with tree-lined streets and some commercial and light industrial activities along its main thoroughfare, Kelvin Grove Road. La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland's second largest theatre company, operates from the Roundhouse Theatre on the Kelvin Grove campus of the Queensland University of Technology.

According to the 2011 Census there were 6,018 people living in the suburb with a median age of 27.

In common with many inner suburbs of Brisbane, the suburb has a mixture of traditional "Queenslander" homes, some post-war worker's cottages and more modern apartment blocks.


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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:

  • Kelvin Grove, Red Hill, Paddington: Ithaca Embankments
  • 3, 7,12, 25 & 26 Gona Parade: Gona Barracks
  • 95-107 Musk Avenue: Student residences
  • 104A Kelvin Grove Road: Kelvin Grove Fig Trees and Air Raid Shelter
  • 188 L'Estrange Terrace: AMA House


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

Coordinates: 27°27′S 153°01′E / 27.45°S 153.017°E / -27.45; 153.017

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