Today’s tour of turn-of-the-20th-century Brisbane is brought to you by digitised postcards from our collection, while the commentary is provided by this tourist guide, produced by the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau from the same period. So make yourself comfortable and get ready to discover this great city.
Let the tour commence….
“Brisbane, the capital of the State of Queensland, is perhaps the most picturesque city in the Commonwealth. It stretches across an amphitheatre of dark-blue hills and emerald flats, through which, like a silver ribbon, winds the stately river that bears its name.”
“The chief business centres are Queen Street and Fortitude Valley, where many business establishments do a trade over the entire State and beyond.”
“Brisbane possesses one of the best electric tramway services in the world, which, on the average, carries 60,000 persons a day and earns £125,000 a year in penny fares. During Exhibition week the trams carry half a million passengers, the figure for 1906 being 619,342, and for 1907, 639,121. The city is lit by electricity and by gas.”
“Brisbane abounds in fine buildings, among which may be mentioned the new Executive Offices – an imposing structure – the Treasury, Parliament House, the Queensland National Bank, Supreme Court, Queensland Club, the Central Railway Station, and the Commercial Travellers’ Club.”
“During August in each year an exhibition of produce, manufactures, and live stock is held in the fine grounds at Bowen Park…. In 1906 over 34,000 people attended on the principal day…”
“The city contains many fine parks and recreation grounds, the principal being Queen’s Park and Botanic Gardens, the Acclimatisation Society’s Garden, Albert Park, Brisbane Cricket Grounds (Five Ways), Victoria Park, and several others.”
“In addition to the Government State schools, Brisbane is well supplied with educational institutions, such as the Brisbane Boys’ Grammar School, Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School, School of Arts, two Technical Colleges, Queensland University Extension (Students’ Movement), and Public Library and Museum. The movement for the establishment of a Queensland University is steadily gaining ground.”
“All suburbs are now linked by tram and rail with the city. Some of them are of great natural beauty, such as Hamilton, Clayfield, and Toowong.”
“[I]ts climate closely resembles that of Southern California – that is to say, it enjoys one of the mildest temperatures in the world.”
“Many charming charming seaside resorts are within easy distance of the metropolis, the principal being Cleveland, Humpybong, Redcliffe, Manly, Sandgate, Wellington Point, Wynnum, Southport, and Tweed Heads.”
You can view more digitised vintage postcards of Brisbane via our One Search catalogue.