Morningside, Queensland

Morningside is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[7] In the 2016 census, Morningside had a population of 10,481.[1]

Morningside Boat Ramp (7162889514).jpg
Morningside Boat Ramp
Morningside is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°27′45″S 153°04′29″E / 27.4625°S 153.0747°E / -27.4625; 153.0747Coordinates: 27°27′45″S 153°04′29″E / 27.4625°S 153.0747°E / -27.4625; 153.0747
Population10,481 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,906/km2 (4,940/sq mi)
Area5.5 km2 (2.1 sq mi)[4]
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location8.8 km (5 mi) E of Brisbane CBD[5]
LGA(s)City of Brisbane (Morningside Ward)[6]
State electorate(s)Bulimba
Federal division(s)Griffith
Suburbs around Morningside:
Bulimba Hamilton Eagle Farm
Balmoral Morningside Murarrie
Norman Park
Seven Hills Cannon Hill


It is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the CBD,[5] and borders Cannon Hill, Norman Park, Seven Hills, Balmoral, and Hawthorne.

There are many older-style weatherboard and chamferboard homes in this area as well as modern units and townhouses.


Morningside is said to be named after a local estate belonging to David Longlands.[8] The name of the estate itself likely referred either to the Scottish town, or to the estate's location on the eastern side of Brisbane.[2] It is also said to be named for the sight of the morning sun catching the banks of the river.[9]

The area was first settled by Europeans in the early 1870s.[4] The land at that time was used mainly for agriculture; in particular, dairy, sugarcane and tobacco production.[4][10]

The old suburb of Colmslie was merged into Morningside. At the corner of Bennetts and Wynnum Roads is the historic Bulimba Cemetery (also known as the Balmoral Cemetery) dating from 1875. Morningside started off as a rural area with small dairy and tobacco farms before becoming a popular residential area in the post-war boom.

In December 1884, "The Richmond Park Estate" made up of 145 allotments, was advertised to be auctioned by Hooker, Son & Elliott.[11] A map advertising the auction shows an area bordering Main Cleveland Road, between what is now Wynnum Road and Richmond Road in Morningside. The Bulimba Divisional Board offices and grounds are clearly marked.[12]

In March 1920, the area of land on the hill adjacent to Morningside Station, was offered for sale as the "Morningside Estate", to be auctioned by A.M. Newman.[13] A map of the estate shows the allotments offered for sale.[14] Coronation Park estate Morningside was advertised for sale on 21 July 1923. The estate is centred on the Keralgerie Park in Morningside.[15][16] Marooba Estate on the corner of Riding Road and Lawson Street was advertised for sale on 25 August 1928, 20 business and residential blocks were auctioned.[17][18]

Woman diving into the Morningside Quarry, Brisbane, 1949 [19]

A quarry was established post-World War I to obtain bluestone for roads in the growing suburbs.[20] By 1940, the quarry had been filled in to provide a swimming pool for residents. In 1948, the Australian diving championships were held in the quarry swimming pool. After 2 drownings and the detection of typhoid in the water by 1952, the quarry was drained and filled to create Keralgerie Park.

Until 13 April 1969, electric trams skirted the western edge of the suburb, operating along Wynnum Road and Riding Road.

The Cairncross Dockyard was constructed in Morningside between 1942 and 1944. The facility closed in 2014, and as of 2016 was to be redeveloped into a commercial and residential area.[21]


There are two shopping centres in Morningside; Morningside Central, located on the corner of Junction Road and Wynnum Road, and Colmslie Plaza on the opposite side of Junction Road. The Colmslie Hotel is located next to Colmslie Plaza.

The Balmoral Cemetery is located at the corner of Wynnum and Bennetts Road, Morningside. Opened in 1875, this is no longer an active cemetery, but existing graves can be re-used for family members. It is also known as Bulimba Cemetery and Morningside Cemetery and was historically known as Kangaroo Point Cemetery.[22]


Morningside State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 67 Pashen Street (27°27′51″S 153°04′01″E / 27.4642°S 153.0669°E / -27.4642; 153.0669 (Morningside State School)).[23][24] In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 454 students with 37 teachers (29 full-time equivalent) and 26 non-teaching staff (15 full-time equivalent).[25] It includes a special education program.[23] The school has 26 classrooms, with a swimming pool, tennis court and a large oval.

In October 2018, a major fire broke out at Morningside State School which caused extensive damage to the school. The school re-opened one week later with the assistance and hard work of the entire school community.[26][27]

There are no secondary schools in Morningside. The nearest secondary school is Balmoral State High School at 259 Thynne Rd, Balmoral.[28]

Heritage listingsEdit

Morningside has three heritage-listed sites:


Morningside's main road is Wynnum Road, and Morningside station connects the suburb to the Cleveland railway line.

Notable residentsEdit

  • The Voss brothers, Michael and Brett, who play for the Brisbane Lions and St Kilda Football Club respectively. Brett is still playing, whilst Michael is the former coach of the Brisbane Lions.
  • Fazerdaze, aka Amelia Murray, a musician from the area who released her first studio album with "Morningside" as the title of the project
  • Mal Michael, Australian rules footballer


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Morningside (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ a b "Morningside (entry 48108)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Find a postcode". Australia Post. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Morningside". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Centre for the Government of Queensland. "Morningside". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Morningside Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Morningside – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 49714)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Morningside". RE/MAX. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  9. ^ "History of the Bulimba electorate 1859-1959 : including the districts of Bulimba, Hawthorne, Norman Park, Morningside, Cannon Hill, Murarrie, Tingalpa and Hemmant". Trove. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Local History - Morningside". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Miscellanea". The Telegraph. No. 3, 808. Queensland, Australia. 5 December 1884. p. 5. Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "The Richmond Park Estate". 6 December 1884. hdl:10462/deriv/456255. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ "Morningside Estate". The Brisbane Courier. No. 19, 384. Queensland, Australia. 5 March 1920. p. 6. Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "Morningside Estate". 1920. hdl:10462/deriv/253242. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  15. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph. No. 15801. Queensland, Australia. 21 July 1923. p. 16. Retrieved 26 November 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ "Coronation Park, Morningside". hdl:10462/deriv/251854. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  17. ^ "Maroomba Estate". State Library of Queensland. hdl:10462/deriv/264245. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Advertising". The Telegraph. Queensland, Australia. 24 August 1928. p. 20 (5 O'CLOCK CITY EDITION). Retrieved 28 May 2020 – via Trove.
  19. ^ "Woman diving into the Morningside Quarry, Brisbane, 1949". Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  20. ^ Jones, Ryan. "Morningside Quarry | Mapping Brisbane History". (in American English). Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  21. ^ Clun, Rachel (27 April 2016). "Huge Brisbane naval dockyard in prime location to be sold". Domain. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Historic cemeteries". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  23. ^ a b "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Morningside State School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  25. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2017". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Rebuild and recovery at Morningside State School". 2 May 2019.
  27. ^ Nothling, Lily; Hamilton-Smith, Lexy (16 October 2018). "Suspicious fire guts historic Brisbane primary school". ABC News.
  28. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  29. ^ "Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory (former) (entry 602465)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  30. ^ "650057". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  31. ^ "Balmoral Fire Station (entry 601530)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  32. ^ "Morningside Air Raid Shelter (entry 602481)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Morningside, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons

  • "Morningside". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.