Friday, September 18, 2009

Windsor Shire Council Hall

Back in the 1860s, after the construction of Bowen Bridge to cross Breakfast Creek at Herston, a quarry was developed at Windsor to mine the local porphyry or "tuff" stone for the construction of buildings and roads. The quarry was mined out by the 1920s, but the remnants of it can still be seen today as you drive along Lutwyche Rd near the turnoff to the Albion overpass. (Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

One of the buildings that used the stone was the hall built for the Windsor Shire Council in 1897. That building is right next door to the quarry, and here is a picture of it from 1929, by which time the Council no longer existed, as it had been folded into the Greater Brisbane Council.

(Photo: Courtesy Brisbane Images, Brisbane City Council, Image No BCC-B54-11583.JPG)

When the Greater Brisbane Council was formed in 1925, the first Lord Mayor was William Jolly, who had earned his mayoral chops in this building between 1918 and 1925 as an alderman on the Windsor Town Council, including a period as mayor.
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

Now the building is the home of the Windsor and District Historical Society and the Brisbane branch of the National Trust.

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