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Stafford is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 6,561 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,930/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4053
Area 3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location 9.1 km (6 mi) N of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
(Marchant Ward; McDowall Ward)
State electorate(s) Stafford
Federal Division(s) Brisbane, Lilley, Petrie
Suburbs around Stafford:
Everton Park Stafford Heights Kedron
Everton Park Stafford Gordon Park
Enoggera Alderley Grange

Stafford is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census Stafford had a population of 6,561 people.


Queensland State Archives 1466 Queensland Housing Commission house at Stafford August 1949
Queensland Housing Commission house at Stafford, August 1949

Stafford was originally called Happy Valley. It is possible that the name originates from the fact the Sir Thomas Brisbane for whom the city is named was an officer in the Staffordshire Regiment - a Stafford Knot is featured in the city's coat-of-arms. A public move to rename the area after the English county of Staffordshire in 1885 and 1886 led to its current name.

Between 1940 and 1968 Stafford was served by electric trams operated by the Brisbane City Council. This was the last completely new tram line (as distinct from tram line extension) built in Brisbane.

One of the original large employers of local workers, Gibson's Tannery (also known as Scotia Works), closed in 1982 to make way for the Stafford City Shopping Centre, which opened in 1983 and extended in 1997. Previously, the Stafford Road shopping strip at the tram terminus was the local centre.

Heritage listings

StateLibQld 2 202403 Group of children dressed up for a patriotic concert at Stafford State School, Brisbane, 1915
Group of children dressed up for a patriotic concert at Stafford State School, Brisbane, 1915

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


In the 2011 census, the population of Stafford was 6,041, 52% female and 48% male. The median age of the Stafford population was 34 years, 3 years below the Australian median. 77.7% of people living in Stafford were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 3%, England 2.3%, Philippines 1.4%, India 0.9%, Italy 0.6%. 86.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 1.3% Italian, 0.6% Punjabi, 0.6% Cantonese, 0.6% Mandarin, 0.5% Spanish.

Sporting clubs

The Wilston Grange Australian Football Club has played Australian rules football at Hickey Park in Stafford since 1964. The Past Brothers competes in the South East Division junior competitions, playing out of Gibson Park in Stafford.


Stafford State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 314 Stafford Road (27°24′39″S 153°01′03″E / 27.4107°S 153.0174°E / -27.4107; 153.0174 (Stafford State School)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 264 students with 32 teachers (25 full-time equivalent) and 33 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

Queen of Apostles Catholic Primary School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls. The school has two campuses. The upper campus (3-6) is at 10 Thuruna Street (27°24′16″S 153°00′29″E / 27.4044°S 153.0080°E / -27.4044; 153.0080 (Queen of Apostles Primary School (upper campus))) while the lower campus (Prep-2) is at 46 Chuter Street in Stafford Heights . In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 486 students with 40 teachers (28 full-time equivalent) and 35 non-teaching staff (17 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Stafford. The nearest government secondary schools are Everton Park State High School in neighbouring Everton Park to the west and Kedron State High School in neighbouring Kedron to the east.

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