- Belmont, Queensland
Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Belmont
city = Brisbane City Council
state = Queensland
est = 1894cite web | url=http://www.brisbites.com/suburbView.asp?suburb=14&topic=3 | title=Belmont Urban Development | publisher=Brisbites | accessdate=2008-03-29 ]
Division of Bonner
stategov = Chatsworth
Brisbane City Council,
postcode = 4153
pop = 3,648 (2006)Census 2006 AUS
id = SSC31055
name = Belmont (Brisbane City) (State Suburb)
quick = on
dist1 = 12
near-nw = Carina
near-n = Tingalpa
near-ne = Wakerley
near-w = Carindale
near-e = Gumdale
near-sw = Carindale
near-s = Mackenzie
near-se = Chandler
Belmont is an outer suburb of
Brisbane, Australia. It is 12 km south-east of the CBD.
Belmont is named after the original estate in 1876, the estate grew and became the Belmont Shire in 1901 [ [http://www.ourbrisbane.com/living/suburbs/belmont/history/ Ourbrisbane.com] Suburb History] . The shire originally covered a larger area than the current suburb.
While much of the suburb remains as undeveloped blocks of bush mixed with large rural properties, some areas have built-up residential estates. The public school for the area is
Belmont State Primary School. The other notable place in the suburb is the Belmont Rifle Range, home to shooting events for the 1982 Commonwealth Games. To the south of the rifle range is Mount Petrie.
Two of Brisbane's main roads, the
Gateway Motorwayabove and Old Cleveland Road underneath, cross at a large intersection in Belmont.
The local indigenous people hunted and camped within the creeks and hills of Belmont, both before and after white settlement of the area. A corroboree ground existed on banks of Bulimba Creek and mineral springs near Mount Petrie were a popular camping spot for the Aboriginal people.cite web | url=http://www.brisbites.com/suburbView.asp?suburb=14&topic=2 | title=Belmont Aboriginal History | publisher=Brisbites | accessdate=2008-03-29 ]
Andrew Petriehad reported that fine timber existed in the area. The Hoop Pinebrought timber cutters to the area in the 1850s and by the 1860s and 1870s the cleared land near the creeks and the rich soils from the cleared forests were used to grow sugar cane. As sugar production declined in Southern Queensland, farmers moved to growing pineapples, bananas and small crops including tomatoes, potatoes and grapes. Dairies and fodder farms were also located in the area.
August Charles Frederick Bernecker gave the name Belmont to his new estate outside of Brisbane and this name spread to the rest of the area. The Belmont Division was split from the Bulimba Division in 1894 and by 1901 this became the Belmont Shire. Belmont Shire was a larger area than Belmont today with parts now included in the suburb of Carindale and other suburbs.
From 25 May, 1912, the Belmont Shire Council operated a 3foot 6inches (1,067 mm) gauge steam tramway from Norman Park railway station to a terminus near the present State School [Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, April, 1959 pp49-52] . The line closed following the amalgamation of Shire into the City of Greater Brisbane in 1925.
* [http://www.ourbrisbane.com/living/suburbs/belmont/home/ Ourbrisbane.com] Belmont Profile.
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