Friday, February 12, 2010

Petrie Bight retaining wall

Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

One of the disadvantages of building on hilly terrain is that the need often arises for the construction of retaining walls. Just ask me - in two houses at The Gap, we had various retaining walls constructed from boulders, brick, stone, railway sleeper and treated log. I don't know whether the retaining wall in my picture above is Brisbane's oldest, but it was built in 1881-2 to assist with the levelling of Queen St near the Customs House.

I remember the area on the river side of this wall being a wharf, and when that use was discontinued, it was one of Brisbane's open-air car parks (obviously in an era when driving into the city wasn't being actively discouraged). Continued development along the river and the arrival of restaurants and hotels to the area have seen the former wharf and car-park transformed into landscaped terraces to allow access to the river from Queen St. If you walk along Queen St between the Customs House and the Marriott Hotel, you can walk down steps to view this old retaining wall which is still in quite good condition.

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  1. There used to be public toilets built into this wall near Customs House end. They were the scene of an infamous murder of a US serviceman in WWII.

  2. Thanks for that info.
    I wasn't aware of that murder in January 1945 before reading your comment.


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