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About Paddington Ward

The Paddington Ward comprises the suburbs of Toowong, Auchenflower, Milton, Bardon, Brisbane, Kelvin Grove, Paddington and Red Hill

PADDINGTON WARD SUBURBS
Auchenflower
Postcode 4066


Prior to white settlement, the suburb of Auchenflower was characterised by its many hills and by several small creeks, running from the Taylor Range in the west into the Brisbane River. John Oxley landed at Auchenflower in 1824 in his search for drinking water. He described a chain of ponds watering a fine valley with good soil and timber.

Auchenflower has also been characterised by significant flooding over the low-lying areas, including the flooding of many homes and commercial properties.

Today the built environment dominates the natural environment. High-rise apartments, busy thoroughfares, and commercial buildings have replaced family homes.


Bardon
Postcode 4065


The suburb of Bardon is hilly with views toward the surrounding suburbs and bushland. Ithaca Creek runs down from the Taylor Range and the nearby Mount Coot-tha Reserve to bisect the suburb. During the early days of white settlement reports indicated that even though Ithaca Creek ceased to flow in winter, some pools always remained.

Bardon remains a suburb bounded by the natural environment. Apart from retaining many areas of parkland, Bardon adjoins the largest area of bushland in the city in the form of Brisbane Forest Park.


Brisbane
Postcode 4000

The river and surrounding land were the principle factors in Commandant Miller's recommendations for the establishment of a penal settlement where, he believed, fresh water and good land suitable for agriculture were abundant.

The site of the settlement was largely above the level of the worst floods and formed a natural pocket that could be defended against Aborigines. The Brisbane River, which was so important for early transport, drained a natural basin about two hundred kilometres long and one hundred kilometres wide. At the time of settlement, mangroves extended upriver only as far as Hamilton. It is believed that the effects of dredging and the increased sunshine levels penetrating the river, resulting from tree removal, encouraged the spread of mangroves upstream
 
Kelvin Grove
Postcode 4059

The suburb of Kelvin Grove was once noted for its wooded hills and flats. Timber getting was one of the first white occupations in the area, followed by mixed farming, once the timber had been cleared. Tanneries were established along Breakfast Creek and at that time the creek would have been used to dispose of the waste products resulting from the tanning process.

Breakfast Creek now forms a suburb boundary with Kelvin Grove. In the 1930s and 1940s the Brisbane City Council straightened, widened, deepened, and diverted the path of Breakfast Creek. This work was undertaken to try to lessen the effects of flooding on houses and businesses in the area.


Milton
Postcode 4064

Prior to white settlement the suburb of Milton was characterised by its many lightly wooded slopes and by several small creeks running from the Taylor Range in the west into the Brisbane River. By the late 1850s the area provided some rich pasture and farming land for the growing colony.

Milton has also been characterised by significant flooding over the low-lying areas, including the flooding of many homes and commercial properties.

Today the natural environment is dominated by the built environment. High-rise apartments, busy thoroughfares, and commercial buildings have replaced family homes.

Paddington
Postcode 4064

The suburb of Paddington is hilly with views toward the surrounding suburbs. Prior to development the wooded slopes and ridges were home to the Turrbal Aborigines, known by whites as the Duke of York’s clan. Ithaca Creek runs down from the Taylor Range and Paddington originally developed around a series of water holes that ran from the Creek to the Brisbane River. During the early days of white settlement reports indicated that Ithaca Creek ceased to flow in winter but that some pools always remained.

In the early years of white settlement Paddington was known as “Ti-Tree Flats” and the first residents moved there in the 1850s to cultivate gardens on the flats and to cut timber.

Red Hill
Postcode 4059

Red Hill was thought to be too hilly for most early settlers to climb to take advantage of the view from the top. The steep hill, and the red rock of the area, combined to give the suburb its name. Before white settlement wooded slopes surrounded Red Hill.

Because of the steepness of the hill, access to the ridges was made via Prospect Terrace Kelvin Grove to miss the worst of the climb. To make access to the area feasible, the landscape was modified by cutting the level of the hill three times.

Toowong
Postcode 4066

The Brisbane River to the east and Mount Coot-tha to the west dominate the environment of Toowong. Several smaller creeks flow through Toowong and into the river.

In 1823, John Oxley stopped near the position of the Regatta Hotel and described it as 'low, open, forest, good grass and iron-bark trees.' The following year, Alan Cunningham described the Toowong Reach as 'still preserving the even breadth of half a mile [805 metres], and bounded by dark, densely matted woods in which the new pine (hoop pine) was particularly conspicuous.' Lockyer's map from the following year shows the area as having 'pine trees'.

J. B. Fewings' memoirs describe his recollection of early Toowong as 'a dense and interminable wilderness of trees and inferior vegetation' with 'multitudes of beautiful tinted Blue mountain parrots gathering sweetness and sustenance from the stately eucalyptus.' In 1924, Toowong was still described as 'pleasantly wooded hills and vales'.

Almost all this area is now affected by white settlement, and the built environment has replaced the natural environment. Only the slopes of Mount Coot-tha have retained, to a small degree, something of their original state.

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