Monday, September 21, 2009

Perry Park

It is clear that a successful businessman in the early days of Brisbane could become quite wealthy. William Perry was one such entrepreneur who, through his ironmongery business Perry Bros, became a substantial landholder in the Breakfast Creek area. William Perry bought Newstead House in 1891, and he also held substantial land at Bowen Hills, where the family home, Folkestone, was situated. The family also built Miegunyah (now also a historical site) on that land, and the area at the bottom of the hill where they used to run their horses and cows is now Perry Park.

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library, #106353)

Perry Park is a prominent Brisbane sporting ground. I can remember playing cricket on it in 1967, and it was in use for many years as an AFL venue and the home ground of the Mayne Aussie football club. The picture above, taken in 1938, shows a match between Taringa and Kedron. In WWII, the ground became Camp Perry Park, the home of many servicemen. Click here to see how it looked then.

(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

Perry Park is still used as a football ground - now soccer. There is a large general park area adjoining the football ground which is also used to house the trucks and mobile homes that bring the Ekka to Brisbane each year. In my recent photo (above), the well-maintained soccer pitch is evident, and the street behind the oval is Folkestone St, named after the original Perry residence. On the hill in the background is the spire of Our Lady of Victories, the church built on the site of that residence after William Perry passed away.

Click here for a Google Map.

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