Where would Brisbane be today without its Irish hoteliers, I wonder? Publican Daniel Costigan had the Plough Inn, below, built in 1885 to replace the earlier pub of the same name. The picture dates from 1939.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #37973)
The Plough Inn, situated on busy Stanley St, was popular with the shipping industry employees in the South Brisbane area. It was designed by Alexander Wilson and built by contractor Abraham James for £3,300. GHM Addison did a substantial makeover in 1922. Some say Brisbane hit its straps with the advent of Expo '88, those heady days of beer halls and the infamous chicken dance. The Plough Inn was central to the festivities there too, and indeed had been specially prepared for Expo in the prior year.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)
After Expo finished and Brisbane got back to work, the Plough Inn was refurbished by architect Bruce Buchanan, and my photo above shows how it looks now.
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