Originally, the Old English word 'grange' was used to describe a small country house and its collection of farm buildings. It was fitting, then, that an early settler in this inner-western Brisbane region, T.K. Peate, should call his 2.2ha holding The Grange on account of the fact that his modest homestead adjoined a tannery and fellmongery.
The Grange of today, with its pleasant mix of parkland and lovely Federation homes - many of them being enthusiastically renovated - is a far cry from the suburb’s early days when the lack of roads and rail transport meant that settlers had to literally hack their way through dense bush and scrub.
Some of the bush has been retained in reserves such as Grange Forest Park which has recently been lovingly restored and revegetated by the park management team.
Set in rolling hills and gullies through which Kedron Creek winds, the park's additions include nesting boxes which are attracting a growing variety of birdlife to enrich the exercise regime of people keeping trim on the 2km walking trail and the bike track.