SLHG Research Five – S&W Railway, Government Services, Residential Sub-Division and the Naming of the Suburb

The following papers and notes are part of the ongoing research undertaken by members of the St Lucia History Group. Whilst many are ‘work in progress’ they are being progressively uploaded to provide an on-line resource. Comments, corrections and contributions are welcome.

Generally referred to as Indooroopilly the St Lucia ‘pocket’ developed as a farming community in the 1860s and 70s. It wasn’t until the 1880s that thoughts turned to its potential as a more closely settled residential area.

Key players were William Dart who built the sugar mill, and William Alexander Wilson a Brisbane grocer/merchant turned developer. Residential Sub-Division in the 1880s outlines the speculative boom of this decade, and The Naming of St Lucia and Ironside how this came about.

Posties, Cops and Ferrymen examines the development of government services in the area and The Southern & Western Railway Brisbane Extension, constructed during the 1870s, the influence on development of adjoining suburbs. Relatively isolated much of St Lucia would have to wait another seventy years before it would experience any significant residential growth.


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