Paddington West Estate, Brisbane, 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.

Paddington West, Brisbane, 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Paddington West, Brisbane, 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1884 advertises 141 allotments of land for sale at Paddington West in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington. The allotments were situated along Latrobe Terrace, Given Terrace, Alma Street, Club Street, Long Street, Gladstone Street and William Street (now Mort Street).

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

“This property fronts Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace, and opposite the Paddington Estate, consisting of a series of beautiful elevated ridges.” (The Telegraph, November 21, 1884)

Advertisement, The Telegraph, November 20, 1884

Advertisement, The Telegraph, November 20, 1884

A public auction was held at the site on the afternoon of November 22, 1884. The Telegraph newspaper reported the results of the sale.

“Messrs Fraser and Son had a successful sale of the Paddington West Estate on Saturday. All the allotments, numbering 141, were sold. There was a large attendance of buyers most of those present being intent on making purchases. The lots were sold without reserve, and realised £4,620.” (The Telegraph, November 24, 1884)

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Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland