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Redland CityQueensland
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Wellington Street, 2013
Ormiston is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 5,793 (2016 census)
 • Density 950/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4160
Area 6.1 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Redland City
State electorate(s) Oodgeroo
Federal Division(s) Bowman
Suburbs around Ormiston:
Wellington Point Moreton Bay Moreton Bay
Wellington Point Ormiston Cleveland
Alexandra Hills Cleveland Cleveland

Ormiston is a coastal residential locality in the City of Redland, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Ormiston had a population of 5,793 people.


Pre settlement

The Koobenpul lived on the mainland coastal strip stretching from Talwarrapin (Redland Bay) to the mouth of the Mairwar (Brisbane River), including the area now known as Ormiston. Canoe trees and a bora ring from pre-settlement days still remain along Hilliards creek.

Post settlement

StateLibQld 1 134873 Captain Louis Hope's residence, Ormiston House, Cleveland district, ca.1871
Ormiston House, ~1871

Originally part of the township of Cleveland, early industry included a brickworks established by James Maskell on the eastern bank of Hilliards Creek in 1852 and fellmongery (wool scour) owned by a Thomas Blackett Stephens until the early 1860s. Joseph Clark ran cattle on Ormiston from 1855 until he relinquished the lease in 1858.

Land around Ormiston was bought in 1853 by Captain Louis Hope, a Scottish aristocrat and a founder of the Queensland sugar industry. Hope built Ormiston House from 1858 and 1865 as the centre of a 325-acre (1.32 km2) sugar estate. Ormiston House is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Queensland.

Ormiston Fellmongery remnants
The remains of the Ormiston Fellmongery in 2015

The property was originally called Woojanness, but was renamed Ormiston after the Hope's family ancestral village of Ormiston, Scotland. It has an ornamental garden that dates from the building of the house. Hope continued with his plantation until 1875, until he lost a dispute over access to his sugar mill and decided to dismantle it. Since the 1960s the house has been a museum. Although the house was called Ormiston, the area around it was still known as Cleveland for many years. When the railway came through the area in 1889, the new railway station and the area around it also became known as Ormiston.

Heritage listings

Ormiston has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


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


In the 2011 census, Ormiston recorded a population of 5,641 people, 52.4% female and 47.6% male. The median age of the Ormiston population was 44 years, 7 years above the national median of 37. 67.3% of people living in Ormiston were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were England 9.9%, New Zealand 5.5%, South Africa 3.3%, Scotland 1.6%, Germany 0.8%. 90.8% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.7% German, 0.6% Afrikaans, 0.6% Mandarin, 0.5% Italian, 0.3% Greek.


Ormiston State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 82-110 Gordon Street (27°30′59″S 153°15′31″E / 27.5164°S 153.2585°E / -27.5164; 153.2585 (Ormiston State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 608 students with 45 teachers (38 full-time equivalent) and 23 non-teaching staff (15 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Ormiston College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 97 Dundas Street West (27°30′55″S 153°14′48″E / 27.5153°S 153.2468°E / -27.5153; 153.2468 (Ormiston College)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 1,279 students with 95 teachers (94 full-time equivalent) and 62 non-teaching staff (47 full-time equivalent).

Notable residents

  • John Cameron, built and occupied the house Doobawah in Ormiston
  • Louis Hope, established the Ormiston Estate

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