The Women's College

The Women's College

Stage Number: MBSH.03.02.04

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Kangaroo Point-East Brisbane

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: Corner of Shafston Avenue and O\'Connell Street, Kangaroo Point

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47531389,153.03742222

Time Link: 1914

Map Link: 1914

Image Time Point: 1914

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The University of Queensland was established in George Street in 1911, and a number of student residential colleges opened along Shafston Avenue at Kangaroo Point, from near where the students could catch a ferry into the city. Queensland’s first female university college – The Women’s College – was established around here in ‘Chislehurst’, a house leased from Captain Carter, in March 1914. This house featured four bedrooms, drawing and dining rooms, kitchen, several outbuildings, and stables. A few years later, the neighbouring house ‘Oskarhome’ was also used as part of the college. The Women’s College moved to its current site at St Lucia in 1958, and Chislehurst was demolished in 1970.


Kay Cohen et al, ‘Lost Brisbane’, Brisbane: Royal Historical Society of Queensland, 2014, p. 134; Brisbane Courier, 15 October 1908.

Image Citations

Chistlehurst’. Undated. University of Queensland. Fryer Library. Record number. UQFL466, Box 6, AE/P/7.

Map References

MLMS. 8 chain series 1904–1917—Brisbane. 8 chains to the inch. Cadastral map of Brisbane and Suburbs sheet 8. MLMS 8 Chain