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Pullenvale is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is situated approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of the Brisbane central business district. Located in the southern foothills of Mount Elphinstone, Pullenvale features rolling hills and areas of bush land, and is spread over an area of approximately 24.4 square kilometres (9.4 sq mi).
There are a number of theories about the original of the name Pullenvale. One theory from a 1920s newspaper is that it is named after early timbergetter, George Pullen; however, no land records have been found to confirm this. Given that the local creek is known as Pullen Pullen Creek, some people believe the repetition suggests a word from one of the Australian Aboriginal languages possibly meaning "to die" (or "not to die") or "fighting" (or "fighting ground"). Another theory is that the Pullen Pullen name was originally Bullen Bullen, an Aboriginal word meaning "lonely place". In support of the "fighting" theory, there is an 1850 newspaper account: