Monday, May 11, 2009

Queens Park

In any growing city, a park is a valuable resource to enable people to counter the noise, pollution and stress of a busy environment. One of Brisbane's central city parks is Queens Park, located behind the Treasury Building and bounded by George, Elizabeth and William Streets. Below is a photo from 1949 that shows Brisbane people relaxing in the Park at lunch time. Brisbane's sub-tropical climate is emphasised by the palm trees surrounding the statue of Queen Victoria, first unveiled in 1906. The building in the background is the former Executive Building, later the Lands Administration Building, which was erected between 1901 and 1906.

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #99726)

The gardens were originally called the Executive Gardens, but were renamed when the statue was dedicated to Queen Victoria. The old Executive Buildng has been refurbished and is now the Conrad Treasury Hotel. Details of the meticulous and expensive makeover are contained in this document. The statue and park have been retained,and can be seen in my photo below - click on it to make it bigger.(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

The park is still cool and green, and still a haven for harried CBD workers.


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