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Tarragindi is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 10,779 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,395/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
Established 1857
Postcode(s) 4121
Area 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Brisbane
State electorate(s) Miller
Federal Division(s) Moreton
Suburbs around Tarragindi:
Annerley Greenslopes Greenslopes
Moorooka Tarragindi Holland Park West
Salisbury Nathan Mount Gravatt

Tarragindi is a southern suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is represented through the Holland Park and Moorooka Ward councillors on the Brisbane City Council. In the 2016 census, Tarragindi had a population of 10,779 people.


In the 2011 census, Tarragindi recorded a population of 9,965 people, 51.3% female and 48.7% male.

The median age of the Tarragindi population was 37 years, the same as the national median.

80.2% of people living in Tarragindi were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 69.8%. The other top responses for country of birth were England 3.6%, New Zealand 2.5%, South Africa 0.6%, India 0.5%, Vietnam 0.5%.

88.1% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 1.1% Greek, 0.7% Spanish, 0.6% Vietnamese, 0.6% Italian, 0.5% German.


Prior to European occupation beginning in the early 19th century the area covered by the suburb was inhabited by Aboriginal people. The Coorparoo sub-group of the wider Jagera group occupied land south of the Brisbane River clustered around Oxley, Norman and Bulimba creeks. It is also possible that the Yerongpan sub-group lived in the area. The Coorparoo group had cultural links to other neighboring communities including territorially-neutral pathways, river crossings and ceremonies. A bora ring was known to have been maintained in Tarragindi, possibly between present-day Barnehurst and Isabella Streets. One trace of this early occupation persists in the locality and creek name, "Ekibin". According to Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines (2003) the modern name is derived from the aboriginal "Yekkabin" which referred to aquatic plants (probably Blechnum indicum) with edible roots which grew in the creek. The edible roots were common in the diet of Aboriginals of the Moreton Bay area; a sharp stick was used to dig out the stem, which was then dried, roasted, and pounded with a stone.

European settlement

European settlement began 1857 with a survey of land by George Pratten. An early land-owner (and later Mayor of Brisbane and member of parliament), Thomas Stephens, established a woolscour and later a fellmongery in the northern part of the suburb near Essie Avenue. Another land-holder was James Toohey who leased properties for cattle runs.

World War 2

Ekibin Memorial Park

During the Second World War, Tarragindi was the site of a field hospital administered first by the American Army (for soldiers treated for shell shock) and later by the British and Australian forces. The Ekibin Hospital was bounded by Sexton Street and Toohey Road and encompassed parts of Cracknell, Effingham, Fingal and Lutzow streets. After the war, the site was used by the Housing Commission to accommodate displaced persons. Today, little remains of the establishment except for possible foundations of a gun emplacement in the midsection of Fingal Street. The Ekibin Memorial Park on Cracknell Road commemorates the establishment of the hospital.

Origin of the name

Tarra Gindi from a Foote family photograph, 1905

The suburb was named after a native from the Loyalty Islands (near modern-day New Caledonia) who was transported in the late nineteenth century to Queensland. Such people, called Kanakas, were a cheap source of labour for sugarcane production. Apparently he escaped and was subsequently employed by Alfred Foote of Ipswich. Later, he cleared land for William Grimes (related to Alfred Foote) on a hill near Sandy Creek and the property was named after him. Tarragindi remained with the Foote family in Ipswich until just before he died, aged 63. The grave of Tarra Gindi Tasserone is located in the Ipswich General Cemetery.


Drainage of Tarragindi creeks

The main part of the suburb lies in a valley running north-south, surrounded by ridges marked by Wellers Hill to the east and Tarragindi Hill to the west. Sandy Creek has it source in Toohey Forest to the south and flows through the major part of the suburb. The eastern flank of the Wellers Hill ridge drains into Ekibin Creek.

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