Virginia, Queensland

Virginia is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[4] In the 2016 census, Virginia had a population of 2,209 people.[1]

Virginia
BrisbaneQueensland
Sandgate Rd, Virginia - September 2014.jpg
Sandgate Road, 2014
Virginia is located in Queensland
Virginia
Virginia
Coordinates27°22′34″S 153°03′49″E / 27.3761°S 153.0635°E / -27.3761; 153.0635 (Virginia (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 27°22′34″S 153°03′49″E / 27.3761°S 153.0635°E / -27.3761; 153.0635 (Virginia (centre of suburb))
Population2,209 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density736/km2 (1,910/sq mi)
Established1880s
Postcode(s)4014
Area3.0 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location12.2 km (8 mi) NNE of Brisbane GPO
LGA(s)City of Brisbane
(Deagon Ward and[2] Northgate Ward)[3]
State electorate(s)Nudgee
Federal division(s)Lilley
Suburbs around Virginia:
Geebung Boondall Banyo
Geebung Virginia Banyo
Wavell Heights Nundah Northgate

GeographyEdit

 
Virginia - Downfall Creek

Virginia is located about 9.8 kilometres (6.1 mi) from the Brisbane central business district (straight line), the distance by road is approximately 13.9 kilometres (8.6 mi). In addition to the Brisbane central business district, Virginia is centrally located to major employment hubs such as Brisbane Airport - 5.1 kilometres (3.2 mi), Chermside - 3.59 kilometres (2.23 mi) and Port of Brisbane - 9.25 kilometres (5.75 mi). It is primarily a residential suburb with many timber and tin Queenslander style housing.[citation needed]

Virginia has a number of parks, including a linear park along Downfall Creek, a recreation reserve and the much larger golf course.[5] There are over 6 parks within the suburb. The majority of parks offer free council facilities such as barbecues (electric and/or wood), playing fields, disabled access, water fountains, and fitness stations. There are two dog parks on the border between Geebung, Wavell Heights, and Virginia along Downfall Creek.[6][7]

HistoryEdit

The suburb is thought to have been named after the U.S. state of Virginia.[4]

Originally occupied mostly by farmlands, Virginia became a district in 1888 with the opening of the North Coast railway line.[8]

A post office was opened in Virginia in 1898.[8]

From the 1890s Virginia began to attract industrial development, including a brick works, a pipe works and other factories.[8]

Virginia State School opened on 2 February 1920.[9]

It was not until the 1950s that Virginia attracted significant residential development.[8]

At the 2011 census, Virginia had a population of 2,061 people.[10]

In the 2016 census, Virginia recorded a population of 2,209 people; 50.8% female and 49.2% male.[1] The median age of the Virginia population was 35 years, 3 years below the Australian median. Children aged under 15 years made up 20.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.3% of the population.[1] 75.5% of people living in Virginia were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 66.7%; the next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 4.5%, England 2.9%, India 2.3%, Philippines 1.2%, Nepal 0.6%.[1] 83.2% of people spoke only English at home; the next most popular languages were 1.3% Hindi, 1% Nepali, 1% Punjabi, 0.6% Dutch, 0.6% Mandarin.[1] Virginia's median weekly household income was $2,550, which is higher than Queensland average of $1,222, and higher than Australian average of $1,203.[1]

Heritage listingsEdit

Heritage-listed sites in Virginia include:

EducationEdit

Virginia State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 1678 Sandgate Road (27°23′02″S 153°03′42″E / 27.3838°S 153.0617°E / -27.3838; 153.0617 (Virginia State School)).[12][13] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 440 students with 33 teachers (27 full-time equivalent) and 19 non-teaching staff (12 full-time equivalent).[14] It includes a special education program.[12]

There are no secondary schools in Virginia. The nearest government secondary school is Earnshaw State College in neighbouring Banyo to the north-east.[15]

AmenitiesEdit

Virginia Tongan Church meets at 367 Zillmere Road in Zillmere. It is part of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.[16]

Despite its name, the Virginia Golf Club is located at Elliott Road, Banyo, an adjacent suburb.[17]

TransportEdit

Virginia is connected to Brisbane CBD, the Brisbane Airport, Redcliffe Peninsula, Shorncliffe and Brisbane in general. Two railway lines run through the suburb. Virginia railway station provides Queensland Rail City network services to the CBD, Redcliffe Peninsula and Caboolture.[18] Bindha railway station provides access to regular Queensland Rail City network services to Brisbane and Shorncliffe.[19]

In the 2011 census, 17.4% of employed people travelled to work on public transport and 60.3% by car (either as driver or as passenger).[10]

One of Brisbane Transport's bus depots is based in Virginia.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Virginia (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.  
  2. ^ "Deagon Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 9 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Northgate Ward". Brisbane City Council. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Virginia – suburb in City of Brisbane (entry 43503)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Virginia parks". Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 12 April 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Dog off-leash areas (dog parks)". Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 18 October 2022. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Dog off-leash areas (dog parks)". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  8. ^ a b c d "Virginia | Queensland Places". queenslandplaces.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  9. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0
  10. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Virginia (QLD, State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 July 2013.  
  11. ^ "602860". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Virginia State School". Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  16. ^ "South Queensland". Wesleyan Methodist Church Australia. Archived from the original on 21 August 2021. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Virginia Golf Club". Virginia Golf Club. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Virginia station". Translink. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  19. ^ "Bindha station". Translink. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  20. ^ "Brisbane bus depots". Brisbane City Council. 13 May 2019. Archived from the original on 21 August 2022. Retrieved 18 October 2022.

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