Just 3 km north of Brisbane’s CBD, and with its sweeping view of the city, Wilston (4051) is an affluent suburb sporting an eclectic mix of traditional and modern architecture including workers’ cottages and architect-designed homes. Wilson is favoured by professionals especially medical professionals because of its proximity to Brisbane’s major hospitals. Wilston was named after a home built by a notable early settler who settled in the area in 1868.
More recently, Wilston has been transformed to give it a vibrant village feel with lots of al fresco dining, parklands, cycle and walkways, and numerous sporting clubs for football, cricket, hockey, swimming, tennis and bowls. Wilston has several schools, a high street shopping strip, a large shopping centre with major retailers, and is also served well by regular rail and bus transport into central Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. This has increased its popularity and led in turn to increased property values in the area.
In 1884 a businessman subdivided the property with housing estates being created between 1924 and 1931. Prominent residents of Wilston have included a Queensland commissioner of police and a Premier of Queensland.
Wilston is home to many colonial heritage buildings including Oakleigh House which from 1902 was owned by a Brisbane police magistrate. 29 Murray Street was built as a private home in 1905 and like Oakleigh, was subsequently a venue for thousands of weddings until 1995.
In 2011, about 3900 people lived in Wilston, their average age being 35 years. About 80% of residents are from Australia, New Zealand or England with a minority from Italy or India. English was spoken almost exclusively at home with the exception of a notable minority who spoke Italian.