Hi Bloggers. I have lost interest in posting a daily blog, so this is my last post. To all those who have visited this blog over the years, thank you very much. I have valued your comments. I will still continue my main blog when something exciting is worth posting and I will still endeavour to visit my favourite sites.
We went to lunch the other day at one of Brisbane's icons, Nielsen's Native Nursery at Loganholme. They have a fantastic restaurant/coffe shop and we often go there for lunch, so this time I took my camera with me.
A few days ago I showed you the John Oxley Library. This is the annex with it's famous mural by Victorian artist Linsay Edwards. There are plans afoot to re-develop the entire area to be known as North Bank which will most likely see both these buildings disapear.
A few years ago, the State Government built Busways to remove buses from the public roads. This has greatly improved public transport especially from outer suburbs. To make access to the bus stations, these overpasses were built including lifts. This is the Springwood overpass in Logan City.
The State Library of Queensland's John Oxley Library opened in 1934 and is responsible for collecting, managing and providing access to material that documents Queensland's history, development and cultural life.
The Library is used by a diverse range of researchers including academics, the media, students, government departments, historians and interested members of the general public.
One of the major building of historical interest is the Post Office in the centre of town. Built by the Government Architect in 1901 it has a commanding position on the main street and its front is decorated by the British coat of arms. It is a good example of Edwardian Classical design with arched windows and a very ornamental ceiling.
The Mansions is a heritage listed set of six three-storied terrace houses located on the corner of George Street and Margaret Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The building is significant because few terrace houses were ever built in Brisbane and even fewer remain intact today.
They were built during the Victorian era in 1889 for residential use. The classic Italian design was created by G.H.M Addison using plain red bricks. Cat sulptures on the building's parapet were rendered in New Zealand limestone.
In 1974, Brisbane experienced one of the worst floods in history. On Australia Day, January 29th cyclone Wanda came down from North Queensland and turned into a rain depression, causing flood levels to rise to the highest levels. 14 people lost their lives, 700 houses were completely destroyed and more than 5,000 people were left homeless.
This flood marker is the the Botanical Garden in the city.
We ended up in court yesterday! OK, settle down... It was Open Day at the new Magistrates Court in Brisbane, so we jumped on a train to Roma Street in the city and walked up George Street for the tour at 10 o'clock. One of the architects who designed the building acted as our guide and took us through the building including a couple of court rooms
Queensland's first Government House is located at Garden Points within the grounds of the University of Technology, at the end of George Street in Brisbane. The building was constructed for Queensland Governor Sir George Bowen and his wife, Lady Diamantina Bowen. The governor and his family moved into the building in April 1862. In 1910, the building was considered too small for the governor mainly because it lacked a ballroom, so the then governor Sir William MacGregor moved his family into the new Government House Fernberg at Paddington.
We went into town for lunch with Colin (HB) at the Harlequin Restaurant Central Station. On the way there we saw these two jazz musicians basking in Queen Street. I was immediately intrigued by the piccolo trumpet one was playing.
They were producing a beautiful jazz number while we were there
Piccolo trumpet in b-flat
As a trumpet player myself, I was admiring the piccolo trumpet