Hawthorne, a residential suburb facing New Farm across the Brisbane River, is three km north-east of central Brisbane. The distance by road (Victoria Bridge, Wynnum Road, Hawthorne Road) is considerably further.

The land that became Hawthorne was purchased by William Baynes in 1875, who had come to Brisbane in 1859 from the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. The Baynes family had substantial livestock and butchering interests in South Brisbane and Belmont.


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