The suburb of Paddington is hilly with views toward the surrounding suburbs. Prior to development the wooded slopes and ridges were home to the Turrbal Aborigines, known by whites as the Duke of York’s clan. Ithaca Creek runs down from the Taylor Range and Paddington originally developed around a series of water holes that ran from the Creek to the Brisbane River. During the early days of white settlement reports indicated that Ithaca Creek ceased to flow in winter but that some pools always remained.
In the early years of white settlement Paddington was known as “Ti-Tree Flats” and the first residents moved there in the 1850s to cultivate gardens on the flats and to cut timber.