The Brisbane River was explored by John Oxley as far upstream as Goodna in 1824 and again by Edmund Lockyer in 1825. There are extensive beds of sandstone (the Woogaroo Subgroup) at Goodna and Commandant Patrick Logan had building material quarried there in 1826. Stone was again quarried for the 1880s building boom.
The church became the nucleus of a new village, up from the flood-prone river bank.
Postwar urbanisation of the fringe of metropolitan Brisbane, along with urbanisation along the railway east of Ipswich, positioned Goodna as a location for the Westside Christian College (1977), a P-12 school with an enrolment of over 780 by 2002. The Ipswich Motorway brought vehicular commuting to Goodna and a drive-in shopping centre (1987) was built away from it, but close enough to be within earshot. It has a supermarket and 48 shops.
* Includes Woogaroo asylum.
Courtesy: Centre for the Government of Queensland, 2011. http://queenslandplaces.com.au/node/366