This real estate map from 1884 advertises 466 allotments of land for sale at the third and final section of the Thompson Estate, located today across the Brisbane suburbs of Annerley and Greenslopes. The allotments were situated along Juliette Street, Ipswich Road, Emperor Street, King Street, Prince Street, Duke Street, Marquis Street, Baron Street, Victoria Terrace and Knight Street. This section of Knight Street no longer exists today, with the land now part of the Thompson Estate Reserve.
Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers.
“We can say, without fear of contradiction, that on no other estate, or in any other part of the city, is building carried on to such an extent as on the favourite Thompson Estate, and this of itself is sufficient to show in what favour land in this locality is held, and is a sufficient guarantee to capitalists and others desirous of securing a safe investment for their money, that allotments in the Thompson Estate must rapidly increase in value…” (The Telegraph, 10 July 1884, p.8).
A public auction was held to be held at the site on the afternoon of 12 July 1884. The results of the auction were published in the Brisbane Courier newspaper.
“Messrs E. Hooker and Son report a successful sale in the Thompson Estate on Saturday last, considering the unfavourable state of the weather. The attendance was fair, not withstanding the rain which fell during the early stage of the sale. The number of lots knocked down was 97, for the total sum of £1723 10s. The balance of the estate will now be for private sale.” (Brisbane Courier, 14 July 1884, p.4)
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Myles Sinnamon – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland