Garden City Shopping Centre

Stage Number: MBSH.03.11.01

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: MacGregor-Upper Mount Gravatt

Epoch: Late 20th Century

Street Address: Corner of Kessels and Logan Road, Upper Mount Gravatt

Latitude & Longitude: -27.56208333,153.08080556

Time Link: 1971

Map Link: 1972

Image Time Point: 1972

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Garden City Shopping Centre was opened by David Jones Ltd (with its three-level store as the centrepiece) on 1 October 1971. The original three-way corridor had a major retailer at the end of the passageway: David Jones, McDonnell & East, and Woolworths. The shopping corridors of specialist shops drew together at the centre stage area. During the late twentieth century, and into the early twentieth-first century, three major ‘retail cities’ – Garden City, Chermside, and Carindale – have gone through periodical re-developments to outcompete each other as the biggest shopping complex in the country. At Garden City, the former David Jones store was transformed into an unusual three-storey carpark. Another shopping two-level set of corridors were originally produced in 1988, but extended even further in 2003 and 2014. It is one of the longest set of shopping corridors in the country. Birch Carroll and Coyle Megaplex (now Event Cinemas) opened in 2000 along with an outdoor ‘town square’ of restaurants and other eateries which was again redeveloped. The ownership of the shopping complex changed hands from David Jones Ltd to AMP Ltd, before was taken over by Westfield in 2003.


Kowald, Margaret. with Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Kay Cohen, Lyndsay Smith, and Jean Stewart. Lost Brisbane and Surrounding Areas: The Later Years. Volume 2. RHSQ. 2016 page 123

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 20 chains to the inch. City of Brisbane. Sheet 10. 20 chains to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane. 634700