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Lisson Grove was named after London’s Lisson Grove near Paddington. It is a relatively short street running from Bonney Avenue (the old Sandgate Road) and the railway line. It marked the boundary of the Maida Hill Estate which was established when the Joe A Adsett property was cut up in the 1880’s. It comprised an area bounded by Bonney Avenue, Stopford Street, the railway, and Lisson Grove. At one stage the name Wooloowin was the preferred option and Naida Hill disappeared.

This area, and in particular, Lisson Grove, has seen much change – in particular from the 1960’s onwards, roads were sealed from kerb to kerb instead of having a dirt strip either side of bitumen down the middle, the area became sewers rendering outdoor thunderbox toilets redundant, and two modern developments had a profound effect. These were the first flats that appeared on the corner of Miles Street and Lisson Grove, and Toombul Shopping Centre and Lutwyche Shopping Village signalled the demise of suburban shopping centres.
In Lisson Grove, three shops disappeared on the corner of Hudson Road, and the little shopping centre over the rail line in Dickson Street has all but disappeared. Gone were the grocery shop hairdresser, chemist, butcher and post office which could not compete with the newer shopping centres.

At the top of Lisson Grove was the old Ingarfield Hosiptal where many older residents were born, and it was replaced like many other residences by brick flats and units. Where once, residents knew one another, the area is now very multicultural, as residents appreciate the area for its closeness to the train and many other facilities. When the steam trains disappeared, the suburb became even more attractive to commuters.

The Aabon Apartments and Motel came about in the 1990s mainly as a response to Expo 88 which showed the family the direction of things to come. With good transport links, was well placed to cater for families on holidays looking for reasonably priced accommodation. When the little corner shop was rebuilt as the Lisson Grove Village in 1994, it created an ideal situation for a tourist venture. As well it ensured that at least one on the original colonial dwellings would survive, less than 50% of the original houses in Lisson Grove still survive and as the older residents move away, fewer will remember Lisson Grove as it was.

Where once the Maida Hill Estate was the domain of reasonably well-off residents, one thing has remained constant, that is the diversity of cultural backgrounds has continued over the years, because of the excellent location of this area.


Wooloowin has always been a sprawling suburban area encompassing 1.1km in radius and the local area of Kalinga, the home of Judge Lutwyche, first judge of the Supreme Court in QLD.

The name “Wooloowin” is thought to be derived from a local aboriginal dialect for “pigeon”, “running water” or “fish”. “Kalinga” was named by early German missionaries after a stream in the middle east.

The main subdivision of rural holdings (pineapple, banana, and mango farms) occured in the 1880s as public transport became much improved – particularly the extension of the northern railway to Wooloowin in 1882. Development of tramways in the 1890 also caused further settlement and schools inevitably followed with the first High School – Kedron H. School established in 1956.

In 1885, an act of Parliament set a minimum size block in Brisbane at 16 perches (405m^2), and roads & lanes were also given minimum dimensions. This explains the very different look that Brisbane has to some of the State Capitals in Southern Australia. Detached houses & large blocks reduced the hazard of fire & diseases caused by overcrowding, especially when wood was used as the main building material in the late 19th century.

This has given Wooloowin its character, which can be seen in the remaining colonial & federation style houses. Since the 1970s increasing numbers of flats and home units have also been built, catering for about 6000 people of diverse age and background, who enjoy the convenience of Wooloowin’s location, proximity to the city and to local sporting, shopping, educational, hospital and social facilities.

Mornington House here at 45 Lisson Grove was built as a “town house” in 1888, and was used by a member of the Upper House, a Mr Frederick Lord as a town residence, whilst attending parliament in the 1890s. The style is colonial, incorporating wide verandahs with iron lace railings, large sash windows and high stumps to facilitate ventilation. The verandahs originally surrounded all four sides of the house, but for the kitchen area, and stables were along the back fence.