Friday, February 5, 2010

Eagle St Wharves

Current visitors to Brisbane often are drawn to the Eagle St Pier area, for there is a collection of the city's best restaurants together with the attractions of the river, such as CityCats, ferries and cruise boats. This is the way it looks currently, with a ferry and a paddle-wheeler in dock.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Naturally enough, this area was extremely important in Brisbane's early days when the port was vital, as it brought people and supplies to the new colony. This was also the site of Brisbane's early fruit and vegetable markets, which from 1867 through until 1881, extended down to around the current Mary St and Market St intersection. Larger markets were subsequently built at Roma St to take advantage of the railway line.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #151607)

The photo above was taken at Eagle St during Brisbane's monster flood of 1893, and shows riverside buildings completely inundated with water, while several sailing ships are anchored at the wharf.

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3 comments:

  1. i think visitors now would be amazed to see this area as late as the mid-1980s

    there were wooden docks there that were used as car parking!

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  2. I like the way the cross river ferry is nestled in beside the paddle steamer in the first shot. The river is such a great way to travel. Thankfully they seem to have kept some of the original ferry stops, like the Hawthorne and bulimba stops, unlike the train stations which nearly all seem to have gone...who knows why the new ones are ugly and don't seem any bigger.

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  3. Thank goodness the river is now a feature of Brisbane for locals and tourists alike. Finally we are the "River City".

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