Rich History Ipswich Road is one of Brisbane’s main traffic thoroughfares. In 1899 the electric tram service was extended to run along Ipswich Road and this was a turning point for the suburb that really changed Annerley from a mostly rural landscape into residential living. It wasn’t until early in 1969 did the suburb stop being served by the electric trams. Other turning points for the suburb including the opening of the post office in 1880, the establishment of the railway in 1884, the Methodist church opening in 1885, and the Provisional School opening in 1888. The intersection of Ipswich Road and Annerley Road has become to be known as the Annerley Junction after the establishment of the Junction Hotel. This has also been cause for a shopping centre to grow around the Junction. In the 1920s, there was a housing boom which resulted in neighbourhoods of timber Queenslanders. Annerley is home to an abundance of heritage listed sites. These include the Hefferan Park Air Raid Shelter, the Apostolic Church which is formerly known as the Methodist Church, the Annerley Army Reserve Depot, the Annerley Library and Community Centre as well as many residences. In addition to this, there are also many period homes which contribute to the aesthetics of this inner residential suburb. Close to Everything Annerley is one of those suburbs which is close to everything. Because it has its own shopping centre at the Junction, there is no need to venture out further to go shopping. However, if more variety is wanted, the Brisbane CBD isn’t very far away. There are also main roads like Ipswich Road and the Pacific Motorway that lead directly into the City. In addition there are buses that frequent the area as well as the railway line that borders the western end of Annerley which includes a Fairfield station and Dutton Park station on the border. Annerley has three main schools. These include Junction Park State School which is a government co-educational primary school, Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School which is a Roman Catholic co-educational primary school, and Our Lady’s College which is also a Roman Catholic Secondary girls school. Nearby in the neighbouring suburb of Yeronga, there is also the Yeronga State School, Yeronga State High School as well as the Tafe Yeronga Campus which are all just outside of the Annerley border. Most importantly, the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Greenslopes Private Hospital are close by in the neighbouring suburbs. Many parks and recreational facilities also don the area. These parks include Arnwood Street Park, Ekibin Park South which is home to the Scout Club house, Clifton Hill Peace Park, Hefferan Park, Lagonda Street Park, Mackenzie Place Park, and Vallely Street Park. These parks have many facilities and these include bikeways, restoration and rehabilitation sites, soccer fields, half courts, netball hoops, playgrounds, picnic tables, and barbeques. As well as this, Annerley now frequently holds yearly events which are usually organised by the Annerley Junction Traders’ Association. They have held an Annerley Junction Christmas Fair which was first held in 2012 as well as the Junction Jumble Sale which was first held in the same year. Multicultural Like most Australian suburbs, Annerley is a multicultural area. Approximately 62% of Annerley residents were born in Australia with the next most common countries of birth being India, New Zealand, England, China, and Vietnam. About 70% of Annerley residents speak English at home while the next most common languages spoken are Mandarin, Greek, Vietnamese, Malayalam, and Cantonese. Annerley is a great inner residential suburb that is central and close to all of the things you will ever need. Contact the team here at Reval for expert advice and experienced team members who will guide you through your real estate journey.
Important Piece of Archerfield and Its History
The majority of the suburb is made up of the Archerfield Airport. The Archerfield Airport was established during the early 1930s and originally served as the main international airport for Brisbane. This was until 1949 because companies such as Qantas, Trans Australia Airlines, and Ansett ANA started to offer regular passenger transport services. This was not the only use Archerfield Airport served. During World War Two, Archerfield Airport served as the base for military flying operations and became a hive of activity. This base hosted many people including the Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces, the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
After the war, another Brisbane suburb, Eagle Farm, took over and controlled the majority of aviation activity. Therefore, the Archerfield Airport was put back into secondary significance. The airport then turned its focus and attention towards flight training and movements peaked around the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Due to a deficiency in investment, there was a gradual decline in serviceability, so much so that a great deal of the infrastructure had fallen to a state of disrepair in the late 1980s. Commerciality had deteriorated as well as the environmental standards. Persistent efforts were made during the 1990s by the Federal Airports Corporation to restore the airport’s viability, but again, a deficiency in investments hindered this process and prevented these efforts.
Archerfield Airport was privatised in 1998 and now operates as Queensland’s major general aviation airport as well as the metropolitan airport for the greater part of Brisbane. Since being privatised, Archerfield Airport runs under the Australian Airports Act 1996. Aircraft movements have remained steady this past decade but hasn’t reached anywhere near its peak in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. The airport possesses the capacity, space, and availability for regular passenger transport services should it require to in the future. For now though, the Archerfield Airport Corporation is aiming to nurture the dynamic potential of Archerfield Airport as an exceptional aviation destination.
The suburb of Archerfield, as a whole, has an unusual piece of history. In the month of August during 1995, southern Queensland experienced a rare, but severe cold snap and a record temperature of zero degrees Celsius was recorded in Archerfield. This is a vast difference to the weather that was recorded in 2014. In the month of January, Archerfield had a recorded maximum temperature of 42.4 degrees Celsius which was just under the record maximum that was set in 1940.
Although the area is partly industrial, it is still a great place for a family. There are two parks within the suburb; E C Backwell Park and Kerry Road Park. Between them, they contain playgrounds and lovely picnic areas with wood barbeques. As well as this, neighbouring suburbs such as Rocklea, Acacia Ridge, and Coopers Plains have an expansive range of parks with a variety of amenities that Archerfield may not acquire. Although there are no primary or secondary schools located within the area, there are an abundance of great schools in neighbouring suburbs. However, there are a few flight and aviation schools located in Archerfield which are associated with the Archerfield Airport.
Archerfield is also home to the Archerfield Speedway; a 400 metre length track with a clay surface. Archerfield Speedway races a variety of racing classes including sprintcars, compact speedcars, formula 500s, super sedans, open sedans, V8 dirt modifieds, midgets, late models and many more. The Archerfield Speedway is technically located in Acacia Ridge on Colebard Street West, however, it is just outside the Archerfield border behind the Archerfield Airport.
With Archerfield’s rich and dense history, there are a number of heritage listed sites located within the suburb. These include the God’s Acre Cemetery located on Beatty Road, in front of the Archerfield Airport, and the Archerfield Second World War Igloos Complex located on Kerry Road. God’s Acre Cemetery was established in 1859 by a man named Thomas Grenier who made the area a burial place for his son. The Archerfield Second World War Igloos Complex is a group of hangars which were built from early 1943 to early 1944 for the Department of Aircraft Production. It was used for military aircraft maintenance and repair during the Second World War.
Archerfield’s rich history is among one of it’s greatest amenities. Although majority of the suburb is taken up by the airport, this allows for a small but tight knit community. If this sounds like the right place for you, visit Reval Estate Agents for more information and guidance from experienced team members.