Monday, January 18, 2010

Corner Adelaide & Edward Sts (2)

Can you imagine what schooling would have been like in Brisbane 150 years ago? Neither can I, actually :-) But at least we can glimpse something about the venue.

(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The next time that you are walking down Edward St towards Adelaide St, take note of a group of plaques on the wall of the building on the left side of Edward St just before you reach the corner- check my photo above (click for a larger image). They are a reminder of the Brisbane Normal (meaning non-denominational) School, built on this site in 1862. The top plaque is set into three of the stones used by Andrew Petrie in the construction of the school, and is a dedication to the school and its first two headmasters. A picture of the school building is below, and underneath that is a picture of school students from around 1872.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; # APO-004-0001-0021)

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #53775)

The site then became the home of Brisbane State High School in 1921 (refer to the bottom RHS plaque in the top picture) until it moved to its present site at South Brisbane. The original building was demolished in 1927 to enable the construction of the buildings that adjoin Anzac Square, originally designed as State government offices. The following image shows the new building in 1933 after its completion, taken from the Prouds' Building diagonally across the road in Adelaide St.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #290)

The building is now Anzac Square Arcade, containing retail tenants on the ground floor, and also an entrance to the remodelled Central Station. My more recent photo is below.

(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

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