Monday, May 25, 2009

Hillside Crescent, Hamilton

Today's historic photo is not as old as many we have seen before, as it dates from 1970, a mere 39 years ago! It shows, in colour, the view from the Hamilton hill across the Brisbane River to Bulimba. Hamilton, of course, is one of Brisbane's blue-ribbon suburbs, and the houses high on the hill, with their fantastic river views, are much sought after. This picture was taken from Hillside Crescent, a rather winding and very narrow Hamilton street. The long buildings evident across the river were, I believe, a large Telstra workshop and some other warehouse buildings. If I recall correctly, Annand & Thompson, who were importers of European cars and parts, had premises in this location. My Renaults sent me there quite a few times!

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #7610-0001-0002)

In any case, those buildings have been demolished. What was once one of Brisbane's industrial areas (many ship-building firms were also based along this reach of the river) has been gentrified, and modern and expensive houses have now been erected there. You can see their roofs behind the mangroves in my photo below.
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

Just to demonstrate why Hamilton is such a prestige area, I swung my camera a few degrees to the right, and presto! Looking upriver across the Bulimba reach and all of those lovely boats, you can see the city skyline. a mere 4km away as the crow flies. But crows are probably too bogan to be allowed anywhere near Hamilton. :-)
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

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