State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online.
This real estate map from 1888 advertises 48 allotments of land for sale at the Addison Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Red Hill.
The allotments were situated on Arthur Terrace, Addison Terrace and Short Street (now Vowles Street).
Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers.
“The Addison Estate is only a pleasant walking distance from Queen Street, and omnibuses are constantly running to and fro every few minutes throughout the day. The land is entirely free from gullies, the soil is exceptionally good, and every lot is pleasantly situated.” (The Telegraph, 27 October 1888)
An auction was held at the ground on 3 November 1888. The results of the sale were published in the Brisbane Courier newspaper.
“Mr W.J. Hooker reports a successful sale of the Addison Estate this afternoon, thirty-six allotments being sold for a total sum of £1357, being an average of nearly £38 each. The attendance was large, and the bidding spirited.” (Brisbane Courier, 5 November 1888).
A higher resolution image of this map can be viewed and downloaded 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 – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland