Woodridge turns 100
Published: 17 Nov 2017
One of Logan’s oldest suburbs turns 100 this week and the community is coming out to celebrate.
After several name changes the Post Office officially recognised Woodridge in November 1917.
It was originally founded as a rail siding which was named Graham’s Siding or 15 Mile Siding on the South Coast line.
The train station still plays a central role in the suburb’s daily life.
Division Two Councillor Russell Lutton has lived in the area for 35 years and was the first Station Master at the train station.
He said Woodridge’s deep history has given residents a deep sense of community and togetherness.
“Woodridge’s early residents were of pioneering stock. Working hard on the land by farming and cutting timber,” Cr Lutton said.
“It has continued to be a working class suburb until this day.
“Woodridge continues to provide affordable housing for all and it provides many people with a great start in life.”
A community celebration was held on Friday, November 17 at Burringilly in Woodridge.
It included a cake cutting and a performance by indigenous students from Woodridge State High School.
Bill Grose, who has lived in Woodridge for all of his 89 years, also gave his reflections on the suburb's growth.
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said Woodridge has evolved into the multicultural hub of Logan.
“The suburb has gone from strength to strength over the years and has been a standout success as a community,” Mayor Smith said.
“The community spirit of Woodridge is what sets it apart and is one of the reasons why so many people have chosen to live there.”
Some fun facts about Woodridge
- The ‘wood’ in Woodridge came about because of the town’s connection to the timber industry.
- It was originally known as the township of Booran
- Electricity came to Woodridge in 1939
- Land at Woodridge went for five pounds in 1943, 1600sqm will set you back around $420,000 in today’s money
- Woodridge State High School opened in January 1972