Woolloongabba, an inner suburb between South Brisbane and Kangaroo Point, is 2 km south-east of central Brisbane. The name is derived from an Aboriginal expression, variously interpreted as referring to whirling waters, a fighting place or a wallaby. The first is the most likely as there was a chain of waterholes that flowed westerly through the present Brisbane Cricket Ground (the 'Gabba') ending at One Mile Swamp at Clarence Corner (Stanley Street/Annerley Road). At flood times the waterholes may have been an inundated watercourse.

Further Reading: 

Annie Mackenzie, Memories along the Boggo Track, Brisbane, Boolarong, 1992

Anthony Smith, 'Woolloongabba transported: its changing face' in Rod Fisher, ed., Brisbane: people, places and progress, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane History Group, 1995

Helen Gregory, Expressions of Mercy: Brisbane's Mater Hospitals 1906-2006, St Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 2006

Buranda entry


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