South Toowong Estate, [Taringa], 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.

South Toowong Estate, [Taringa], 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

South Toowong Estate, [Taringa], 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1884 advertises 173 allotments of land for sale at the South Toowong Estate, which is today part of the Brisbane suburb of Taringa. The allotments were situated on Ellerslie Cresent, Bellevue Parade, Oxford Terrace, Wilson Street (now Whitmore Street) and an unnamed government road (now Indooroopilly Road and Alpha Street).

The auction also included an existing residence, Ellerslie (lot no.79 on the map), which was set on an acre of land.

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

“It does not require the imagination to be excited by champagne or any other pain. Practical common-sense and judgement will be all that is wanted to prove that this is the best land in Toowong…The great objection to one part of Toowong by the Cemetery is entirely removed in this instance. There is no view of the Cemetery from this Estate.” (Brisbane Courier, August 5, 1884)

Advertisement from Brisbane Courier, August 12, 1884

Advertisement from Brisbane Courier, August 12, 1884

A public auction was held at the site on the afternoon of August 16, 1884. Brisbane’s Telegraph newspaper reported the results of the sale.

“Mr J.W. Todd held a sale of the allotments of the South Toowong Estate, on the ground, on Saturday. The attendance was good, and the lots disposed of reached satisfactory prices.” (The Telegraph, August 19, 1884)

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Myles Sinnamon – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland