Home - Chermside & District History

1970-1989

  • 18/12/70 Kedron-Wavell Services Club RSL began operating on its present site and was officially opened on 6/3/1971 by Brisbane Lord Mayor Clem Jones (Society Archives - Chermside Clubs)
  • 1971 Population in Chermside 29,542 (POP) Indigenous people counted in the census.
  • 1971 Diesel buses replaced the Trolley buses (Members Memory) Transport
  • 1971 Coles open the first K Mart in Queensland on Cr Webster & Gympie Roads (Telegraph) This later became Chermside Markets
  • 1/9/1971- Target discount store opened in Chermside Shopping Centre by Myers. CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms - Telegraph)
  • 1972 Paramount Estate released; Craigslea School & McDowell School built - Griffith University surveys Brisbane bushland - Raven Street bushland high conservation status; last piggery, Barker's in Horn Road, closes (RSC)
  • 1972 Lawrence Road reservoir built - receiving water from Lake Samsonvale (RSC)
  • 1972 Sewerage Treatment plant dismantled, sewers connected to Luggage Point - reserve land passes to Parks Department of Brisbane City Council (RSC)  
  • 18/3/72 World War I memorial gates at Marchant Park vandalised and marble plaques smashed with the loss of almost 100 names. (C M 18/3/1972) The names were restored in 2003 by the Chermside & Districts Historical Society.  
  • 19/6/72 Police Inspection Report - Staff of two Sergeants and five Constables plus Two Trainee Constables and Civilian Staff - Clerk, Mr Yates who started on 3/3/1970 and Clerk-Typist, Miss Smith who started on 4/4/1972. Two vehicles - brand new Falcon replacing old Falcon which had been in use since 1/3/1971 with 35,974 miles on the clock and Ford Cortina. Property as described in previous report. Lock up not used for prisoners as they are taken directly to the City Watch house. Crime was increasing particularly in the offences of stealing, breaking and entering. Chermside seems an average station without any outstanding characteristics.
  • Area covered portions of the suburbs of Aspley, Chermside, Chermside West, Stafford, Kedron, Wavell Hts, Geebung, Albany Creek and Bald Hills. Population was between 40,000 and 42,000 for the Police District with 7 schools and one large hospital. Previous 6 months - 2,612 reports made - 200 warrant cards issued, 1,139 Learner's Driving Permits issued and 1,028 Renewal of Driver's Licences issued.
  • 1/12/1972 Chermside Shopping Centre - Devastating fire caused $3m damage (CDHS Archives Chermside Firms - Telegraph)
  • 1973 Methodists at Kitchener Road, Kedron and Chermside Churches merge (CKCC)
  • 27/5/73 The Australian, 8/5/1973, p 8 - 9 Excerpt from David Teague's History of Chermside which was launched on 27/5/1973 at High Barbaree.
  • 1974 Chermside Hospital renamed The Prince Charles when he visited. (Members memory)
  • 1975 The boundaries of the suburbs of Brisbane were reorganised and gazetted. Prior to this there were about three sets of boundaries, Post Office, Council and Census. Chermside was reduced in size from its original size of 15.6 kmē to its present size of 3.4 kmē.   
  • 1976 Population of Chermside 7,666 (POP) Only about a quarter of the 1971 Census because the boundaries of Chermside and all other suburbs have been redrawn and new suburbs created in 1975. 
  • 1976 Chermside Methodist and Congregational Churches merge to form Chermside Uniting Parish (CKCC)
  • 1977 Foundation of Uniting Church in Australia - Kedron Presbyterian & Methodist merged to form Kedron Uniting Church (CKCC) 
  • 1/12/1978 Late night shopping on Thursdays commenced (CDHS Archives Chermside Firms)
  • 1980 Raven Street acreages begin to be subdivided (RSC)
  • 1981 Population of Chermside 6,892 (POP)
  • 1981 West Chermside Presbyterian and Craigslea Methodist Churches merge (CKCC)
  • 1984 Gibson Tannery at Stafford closed; replaced by Stafford City shopping complex (North West News Sunday 17/7/1988) The tannery opened in 1866. (BHG)
  • 1984 West Chermside/Craigslea Churches combine with Chermside Uniting Parish Church (CKCC) 
  • 18/3/84 Primary School at West Chermside Lutheran Church opened (CDHS Archives - Chermside Churches File)
  • 22/3/84 Burnie Brae Senior Citizens Centre opened (Northside Observer)
  • 1/5/85 Chermside Shopping Centre - Upgrade and Expansion, Stage 1 costing $680,000 - Stage 2 costing $2m was finished in November (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 18/9/85- Developments in Chermside growth corridor on Gympie Road. - $6.5m Shopping Centre with 69 parking spaces on corner of Kuran Street - A building on corner of Sparkes Street for $1.7m (North-West News p.1)
  • 1986 Population of Chermside 6,433 (POP)
  • 1/10/86 Chermside Shopping Centre - Upgrade and Expansion Stage 3 costing $3.1m (CDHS Archives C'side Firms)
  • 1987 Boondall Seven - the first Neighbourhood Watch group established in Brisbane - Chairman Mario Marchese was a foundation member (Northside Chronicle 4/10/2006 p. 6)
  • 1/7/87 Chermside Shopping Centre - Upgrade & Expansion Stage 4 costing $1.3m - the number of stores increased from 55 to over 90 after this stage. (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 1988 Downfall Creek Bushland Centre opened to promote education & community involvement in protection of bushland (RSC)  
  • 1988 Methodists at Lutwyche, Gordon Park and Kedron Churches merge (CKCC) 
  • 1989 Saturday trading till 4 pm commenced. (CDHS Archives - Chermside Firms)
  • 21/11/89 Proposed sale of the existing Police Reserve at C'side - alternative site suggested at 438 Hamilton Rd - 200m west of existing station - There was a shopfront used at that point for some time but that was replaced with a police presence in the Shoppingtown.