In the Redlands Area, about 27 km south-east of Brisbane, Thornlands (4164) was named after George Thorn whose land in the area was subdivided in the early 1900s for small lot fruit farming, particularly of bananas and mangoes. The area is now primarily suburban with occasional larger acreage residential blocks. However, development is rapidly progressing under population pressure. Now Thornlands is home to at least 5 colleges and schools and various sporting clubs. It also has major road access into Brisbane.
About 13,000 people live in Thornlands, their average age being 38 years. 87% of residents were born in Australia, England or New Zealand, a notable minority being born in South Africa. Almost all of these residents spoke English as their primary language at home.