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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