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Ithacais a former suburb of Brisbane, Australia. Since 1975, Ithaca has been designated a neighbourhood within the suburb of Red Hillin Brisbane.[1]

Origin of the name

The name of the suburb is believed to have been bestowed by Sir George Ferguson BowenGovernor of Queensland(1859-1867), after the Ionian Islandof Ithaca, the subject of a book he had authored.[1]


Traditionally, Ithaca was bounded by Jubilee Terrace to the west, Ithaca Creekto the north, the suburb of Red Hill to the east and the suburb of Paddingtonto the south. Therefore, despite the official designation as being part of Red Hill, the former suburb of Ithaca appears to span the present suburbs of Red Hill, Paddingtonand Bardon


Ithaca was once the centre of the former local government areas of Shire of Ithaca, later Town of Ithaca

The Ithaca Town Council Chamberswere built in 1910 at 99 Enoggera Terrace (then in Ithaca, now in Red Hill). With the amalgamation of the Town of Ithaca into City of Brisbanein 1925, the building became the property of by the Brisbane City Council. Since then it has been used as a council depot, library and as the Red Hill Kindergarten. It is currently used as a community hall, known as Ithaca Hall. 

Unveiling of the Ithaca War Memorial in Paddington, Brisbane, 1922

On 25 February 1922, Sir Matthew Nathan, the Governor of Queenslandunveiled the Ithaca War Memorialto commemorate local people who had died in World War I.[2]

The Ithaca Town Council Chambers were listed on the Queensland Heritage Registerin 2000.[3]

Ithaca today

The Ithaca name still persists in a number of local places:

  • the Ithaca Hall (the former Ithaca Town Hall)[4]
  • the Ithaca War Memorialon Ennogera Terrace, Paddington[5]
  • the old Ithaca Fire Station at 140 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington[6]
  • the Ithaca Swimming Pool at 131 Caxton Street, Paddington[7]
  • the Ithaca Creek State Schoolin Lugg Street, Bardon
  • the Ithaca Probus club


  1. "Ithaca (entry 16885)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 September2013.
  2. ""HONOUR THE BRAVE.""The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 27 February 1922. p. 4. Retrieved 6 April2014.
  3. "Ithaca Town Council Chambers and Red Hill Kindergarten (former) (entry 602058)"Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 August2013.
  4. "Ithaca Hall". Venues for Hire. Communify. Retrieved 1 September2013.
  5. "Ithaca War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 1 September2013.
  6. "Ithaca Fire Station (former) (entry 601199)"Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 September2013.
  7. "Ithaca Swimming Pool". Retrieved 1 September2013.