The recent opening of the Queensland State Tennis Centre at Tennyson is a significant milestone in the history of the area. 

The name of this Brisbane suburb probably derives from the name of the famous English poet Laureate, Lord Tennyson.  The original name of the area now comprising Tennyson was Soft Stone Pocket.

 Aerial view of Tennyson, 1946, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image no. 110614

One of the areas earliest settlers was Thomas Martin who held land in 1887 and constructed a residence which he named Hayslopes.

Front view of the beautiful Hayslopes, a residence in Tennyson, Brisbane, 1932 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image no. 47509

The area's association with Lord Tennyson extends to the names of many of the street names as well as the names of residences.  So, in honour of the names of many of Tennyson's characters we have David, Merlin, Camelot, Lancelot and Vivian Streets.    We also have residences with the names Logres, Tintagel and Camelot.

Tennyson is now the home of Brisbane's new tennis centre, replacing the former tennis venue located at Milton.

Find more photographs of Tennyson in the State Library's collection.


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The street running from Curzon Street to the school was I thought Loftus Street, however I see it is noted in a UBD as Lofter Street. Please advise correct name and why it was given the name.Many thanks.

helloWe will look into this and get back to you soon.Thanks for your interest.

HiSorry for the delay with this response. A range of Brisbane street directories in our holdings from various decades indicate that the correct name for this street is Lofter Street.We are not sure why the street was given this name. You may like to contact the Brisbane City Council. They have a street names database that may have some details about this particular street.Kind Regards