About Hamilton Ward
The Hamilton Ward comprises the Brisbane northside suburbs of Bowen Hills (north of Montpelier Rd), Newstead (north of Longland St), Albion, Ascot, Clayfield, Hamilton, Hendra, Pinkenba, Kalinga, Hamilton Northshore, and Wooloowin (east of Kedron Park Road).
The Ward contains a mixture of residential and industrial areas. Industry is concentrated in the south-eastern corner of the Ward with excellent proximity to road, rail, sea and air transport.
Hamilton Ward has a strong and diverse employment base with many well-established manufacturing, business, and industrial organisations based here. After the CBD, the area is the largest contributor to the economy in Brisbane. Some of the larger employers located in the Ward include the Brisbane Domestic and International Airports, and the racing industry Doomben and Eagle Farm Racecourses and the Albion Park Raceway.
In 1823, John Oxley explored the Brisbane River. On one occasion he and his party camped near the mouth of Breakfast Creek, and from this it got its name. It is known as Breakfast Creek until it reaches the area of Three Mile Scrubs in Kelvin Grove, after which it is called Enoggera Creek, and shortly after this it is joined by Ithaca Creek. The Aborigines called it ‘Ya-wa-gara’ and camped along its length, using it for fishing and raising a marine grub, which they called kan-yi.