Wednesday, October 7, 2009

South Brisbane Railway Station

Here's another of those delightful Shell postcards from yesteryear, this time depicting the "Entrance to the Melbourne St Railway Station in South Brisbane", and it dates from the period 1906-1910.

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #APE-062-0001-0004)

The railway station was built in 1890 as part of Brisbane's embryonic local rail system - up until 1901, there were only two other city stations, Roma Street and Central. However, it was to become a major hub in our suburban rail network, and was also extended to include embarkation points to the Gold Coast, Cleveland and Beaudesert, as well as interstate travel. When I first started work, I travelled to Sydney each year on cricket and football trips that departed from this station, which by then was known as South Brisbane Interstate Station. It was an overnight journey to Sydney, and my main recollections are the devious methods we had to employ to smuggle large quantities of beer onto the train. In preparation for Brisbane's Expo, the interstate terminus was moved to Roma St, and South Brisbane Station reverted to local rail use only.
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

This is today's view of the station (above). Somehow it seems a little less grand than before - perhaps that's the pastel colours now evident.

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2 comments:

  1. What was the name of the park across the road from the south Brisbane railway station in 1955 used to walk through it to get to bridge if walking

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    1. I believe that you are referring to Musgrave Park.

      It is still there.

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