Monday, November 9, 2009

Trades Hall

Firstly, an apology to readers. The State Library, from where the majority of my "Past" images are sourced, is making changes to its web servers. Without going into too much nerd-speak, the result of that is that these images must be posted to my blog in a different way by the end of this month. That means editing almost 150 posts! During this time you may come across the occasional missing image. It also means that as the posts are republished, those of you who subscribe to the blog may get repeat messages pertaining to posts that you have already seen. However, I hope that these inconveniences won't last for too long. Thanks for your patience. Thanks also to the staff at SLQ who gave me advance warning of this issue. tff

Today's historical photo dates from around 1928, and shows the top part of Edward St at the intersection with Turbot St. Unfortunately, virtually nothing in this photo is still standing today.

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #71110)

From the left of the picture, we can see:
- the Boer War statue, now removed from here and standing in Anzac Square
- Jacob's Ladder, still standing, but has recently had a makeover
- Trades Hall, built in 1923, sold in 1984 and demolished shortly after that
- an unknown residence.

Naturally, the area looks totally different today, as evidenced by my recent picture below.
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)

In place of the Boer War statue, we now have several sculptures by Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro that were commissioned for Expo, and were recently in King George Square. Jacob's Ladder now not only has stairs, they are painted bright red. On the site where Trades Hall stood guard over the workers of Brisbane (I remember it with a huge neon sign advertising Tritton's furniture store on the top - I thought it was a tad ironic), we now have the multi-storey IBM tower. Of course, the trams that struggled so mightily up the hill from the city have also gone, replaced by cars that seem to take no heed of pedestrians. I miss the old days!

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Next: TC's house

1 comment:

  1. Trades Hall as shown in the post was a wreck by 1970. Exterior walls had cracks in them and the cubicle size offices more akin to toilet size had to be seen to believed. The exterrior of the building from the front was like a Victorian Facade. Whilst I aws sorry to see the building go I am glad I did not work in it. Temperature in summer must have ben oven like. MEetings with employers were always held in employers premises because of space restrictions. THe Board Room in Trades Hall was not too bad but 1 board room for 40-50 unions must have been a nightmare to manage.


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