Bowen Terrace Estate, New Farm, 1884 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online.

Bowen Terrace Estate, New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland, 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Bowen Terrace Estate, New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland, 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1884 advertises 140 allotments of land for sale at the Bowen Terrace Estate,  located in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm. The allotments were situated along Abbott Street, Sydney Street, Reginald Street, Herbert Street, Moray Street, Boundary Street (now Merthyr Road), Bowen Terrace (now Lower Bowen Terrace) and Mark Street (listed on the map as Marks Street).

The estate bordered with Merthyr House, the residence of the Queensland premier, Samuel Walker Griffith, a fact which was promoted in advertisements and highlighted on the real estate map.

Sir Samuel Walker Griffith, 1886. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 10902

Sir Samuel Walker Griffith, 1886. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 10902

View of Merthyr (Samuel Griffith's residence) from the Brisbane River", 1890. Ink and watercolour, Artist: John Campbell. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

View of Merthyr (Samuel Griffith’s residence) from the Brisbane River”, 1890. Ink and watercolour, Artist: John Campbell. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers.

“The surroundings are of the most respectable and most interesting character. The neighbourhood reminds one of the merry homes of old England – large and elegant mansions, beautiful and everchanging river scenery. Pleasure in sound, sight and nature…Remember – the land is elevated; like a bowling green; every inch available; and dry; while other localities are soppy, soft, and uncomfortable.” (Brisbane Courier, July 31, 1884).

Advertisement, Brisbane Courier, July 31, 1884

Advertisement, Brisbane Courier, July 31, 1884

A public auction was held at the site on the afternoon of August 2, 1884. The Brisbane Courier newspaper reported the results of the sale.

“Mr John W. Todd reports a large attendance at the Bowen Terrace Estate sale last Saturday. 22 allotments were sold out of 140, realising £3,129. A distinguishing feature of the sale was the selling at per foot fronting the Hon. S.W. Griffith’s residence. The balance were withdrawn for private sale.” (Brisbane Courier, August 9, 1884)

A higher resolution image of this map can be viewed through our One Search catalogue.

Prints of this map are also available through the Library Shop.

You can browse a compendium of our previous maps of the week on our blog.

Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland