Woodend, originally known as Woodend Pocket, is immediately north-west of central Ipswich. It is bounded by an inverted U of the Bremer River.

Woodend Pocket was the site of an early Ipswich coal mine, the Radstock (1854) at the western end of today's Hayne Street. More importantly, Woodend is the site of several heritage precincts, the earliest dating from the 1840s when the Catholic Church obtained a two acre land grant. Later purchases and donations enlarged the site to 20 acres. Buildings were added to, replaced and enlarged until the full complement comprised:


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