How did our area end up being called Chatsworth?
Every few elections, boundaries change of state electorates and in 1959, this resulted in the creation of the Chatsworth Electorate. Originally, this electorate encapsulated areas of Mount Gravatt and Coorparoo. Because of this, it is assumed the electorate takes its name from Chatsworth Road, which still runs through the suburb of Coorparoo.
Since then, the electorate’s boundaries have changed many times. So much so that ironically, Chatsworth Road is no longer a part of the electorate as it sits just outside our boundaries in the Greenslopes Electorate. I guess this reminds us of how much Brisbane has changed in the last 60 years!
The name Chatsworth may also have some ties back to our European heritage and was most likely named after Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, which continues to be home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
[‘Representatives of Queensland State Electorates 1860-2017’ in Queensland Parliamentary Library, Queensland Parliamentary Record: the 55th Parliament, 2018, 15th ed, p 357]
Interesting facts about the Chatsworth electorate
I am very proud to live in Chatsworth and thought you may like to ﬁnd out some of the great milestones which have been achieved in this area.
- Sleeman Sports Centre hosted many events including athletics, swimming, diving and cycling for the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
- Belmont Shooting Complex hosted shooting and pistol events for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
- Home to the last remaining double track stretch of Brisbane’s Tramways system. Old Cleveland Road Tramway Tracks are heritage listed and a very iconic land mark in the Electorate