The Brisbane suburb of Graceville was shown on early colonial maps as Boyland’s Pocket - a large lease held by a Captain Boyland.
The land was highly productive and yielded a wide range of crops, including sugar, bananas and vegetables, while large beef herds ranged on the neighbouring Sherwood cattle station.
Most of the large holdings survived until Federation, which led to the abolition of long-standing leases and widespread sub-division. On the banks of the Brisbane River, the suburb of Graceville came into being when the local Member of Parliament, Samuel Grimes, gave his youngest daughter Grace’s name to the area.
Befitting its 'river island' setting, Graceville is generously endowed with recreational parkland. Pride of the local green belt is the Bert St Clair Oval and reserve on Graceville Avenue. Perched on the junction of Brisbane River and Oxley Creek, the reserve embraces scout halls and a bike track and canoe trail on which visitors can work up an appetite for a relaxing BBQ picnic.