Where Aabon Apartments and Motel stands today in Wooloowin was called Maida Hill originally. Records show that in 1889 that it had been decided to change the name to Wooloowin as there was already a Maida Hill around the Dalby area in the Darling Downs region west of Brisbane.
The word Wooloowin is still disputed. It could be from the word for pigeon Kuluwin, or wului meaning smoke, or wooli meaning fish. According to Aboriginal people of the Clarence River District of NSW, Wooloowin was the word used for all kinds of fish.
Before European settlement, Wooloowin was frequented by the Toorbul people as it was rich in food sources and there was a chain of water holes. The Jagera people could not cross over Kedron Brook without the permission of the Gubbi Gubbi people of Bribie.
Lisson Grove, is located on the eastern side of the railway line was in the Maida Hill Estate. Maida Hill in London is a privileged area close to Regent’s Park. Lisson Grove in London leading up to the top of that hill and therefore due to the topography when looking up to Clayfield, Lisson Grove was used here too.
Wooloowin had very little industrial businesses (there were many in Albion), and it was said that on the high side of the railway line it was considered more uppercrust than the lower, while above Bonney Avenue at the top end of Lisson Grove was even more uppercrust. It was said that was where the silvertails lived.
A really interesting walk to take in the morning is to walk up to the top of Lisson Grove, cross over into Batman Street continue to the end, turn right and walk down Christian Street to Sandgate Road, turn right again and walk to the traffic lights at the corner of Sandgate Road and Bonney Avenue and return to Lisson Grove. In taking this 45-minute walk, you will see all of the many styles of houses popular in Brisbane from the very beginning of free settlement to new constructions today.