Hamilton is an inner northern suburb of Brisbane, Australia, lying on the north bank of the Brisbane River along Bulimba Reach. The area is mountainous with spectacular views of the CBD. The ABS census in 2001 noted that Hamilton was one of the highest-income suburbs in Brisbane, with over half of the suburb’s workforce being managers or professionals.
In Brisbane’s early history, Hamilton was the home to many aristocrats and clergy. This suburb is known for being an ‘old wealth’ suburb compared to ‘new wealth’ suburbs in Brisbane such as Paddington, Toowong and Indooroopilly. This notion of ‘old wealth’ can be seen by a few traditionally powerful families still inhabiting the area such as the Dornes, Cranes, Kellermanns and Unwins. In addition to these families, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Brisbane calls Hamilton home.
This contributes to the suburb’s high reputation for class and prestige, and is therefore extremely desirable and well known to many Brisbanites. According to the 2004 Brisbane City Council census, 79% of the total population of Brisbane had at least heard of the suburb with many actually going to visit synonomously with the actions of tourists.
Major roads in the suburb are Kingsford-Smith Drive and Racecourse Road.
During World War II an interesting accident occurred involving a Corsair fighter plane. It had been unloaded from a ship in the river, had its wings folded up and was being towed along along Kingsford-Smith Drive by a truck when it snagged the tramway overhead and brought them down.