Friday, July 30, 2010

Inchcolm, Wickham Terrace

The medical fraternity started to congregate on Wickham Terrace from the 1880s onwards. A Dr John Thompson built his house, Inchcolm, which included rooms for his medical practice, on the Terrace in that decade. His house later became a private hospital. In 1929, a group of doctors bought the site and set about erecting a purpose built multi-storey medical facility. The architect was Mr Percy Trewern and the builder was JI Green, and it was finished in 1930. Here it is, as photographed in 1996 when it was still being used as medical suites.
(Photograph: Courtesy DEWHA and J Houldsworth)

In 1999 the four-storey building was converted into a boutique hotel, including a restaurant run by award-winning chef Russell Armstrong on the ground floor. Here is a current photograph.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

A feature of the interior of The Inchcolm Hotel is the old lift, surrounded by wire mesh. A staircase circles around the lift up to the top floor. Friends have stayed here and were very complimentary about the hotel. And, having eaten at the restaurant Seasalt, I can certainly recommend that.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dods House, Wickham Terrace

Dr Espie Dods was already practicing on Wickham Terrace before he moved further up the hill to Callender House. His earlier rooms were at 97 Wickham Terrace, in a building designed for him by his architect brother, Robin, pictured below.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #107372)

Built around 1906, the house was a combined residence and surgery as were several other buildings on "The Terrace" at that time. In fact the Dods brothers' step-father, Dr Charles Marks, lived next door in the house that was demolished in 1982 to allow the construction of Silverton, a multi-storey development that stands on that site now. (Photo: DERM)

The combined house and surgery that Robin Dods designed for his brother is still standing. Around the time that Silverton was constructed next door, it was converted to a restaurant known as Dods House - a tribute to the Dods brothers. It is shown above in that guise. One night many years ago, I was dining there and saw George Negus of 60 Minutes fame. Back when he was a humble high school teacher, Negus happened to have been my cricket coach. As he was leaving, I decided to say hello, and stood up to shake his hand. "G'day George" I said. "Yeah, g'day mate" he growled in a style unmistakeably meaning "Piss off, you idiot!" and without even looking at me, he brushed past me at a fair clip and disappeared. I can't blame him, it must be annoying having people wanting to accost you because you're famous. I did see (and talk) to him several years after that when he was a guest speaker at a conference organised by my employer, a funds management company. We had a chat about the old school days, but I didn't mention that he gave me the flick at Dods House. (Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Since the creation of the initial restaurant, Dods House has had a few reincarnations as different bars and restaurants, a couple of them in the "adult" category. It is currently called Pink Piano, and here is its web site.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Callender House, Wickham Terrace

(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Wealthy land-holder Patrick Mayne was an early owner (1856 - 1864) of this property on Wickham terrace opposite Enoggera Park. He may have even built the original house (really a duplex), but that is uncertain. What is certain is that the building was subsequently renovated and extended by one of Brisbane's most fondly remembered architects, Robin Dods, around the year 1912. Robin Dods' brother Espie was a doctor, and he bought the house in 1910 to use both as a residence and also as his surgery. He engaged brother Robin to adapt the building for this purpose.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Originally known as Callender House, an earlier resident was Rev Joseph Buckle, one of Brisbane's first Methodist ministers, who bought it in 1885 and sold it to Dr Dods in 1910. In 1925, the building was purchased by the Brisbane Theosophical Society, who still own it today. It is heritage listed.

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Next: Another Dods house

Friday, July 23, 2010

Prince Consort Hotel, Fortitude Valley

We have a lot to thank the British for, but naming hotels isn't one of them. The Brits seem to have developed a very obtuse system of selecting names for public houses, and there are elements of it here too. The Queen's Arms (to pick an unusual name) have what to do with me having a quiet ale in a tavern? I'll use my own Warwick Farms thanks Liz! There used to be a King's Head Hotel in Sydney. "Where's the King's Head?" people would ask. The most frequent response to that was "Three feet from his arse!" As well as royal anatomy, animals seemed to be heavily favoured too. The Golden Stag, The Black Swan - you get the drift, I'm sure.

At least that wildlife can be found in England, but a recent hotel name here in Brisbane is "The Elephant & Wheelbarrow". Pardon? Where did that come from, I wonder. I suppose if you had an elephant, you'd need a wheelbarrow, wouldn't you? I mean, I've been to Africa, and those elephant pats are enormous. In fact, an ordinary gardener's wheelbarrow wouldn't suffice - you would need a heav
y duty one to push along behind your elephant. Here's a recent photograph of The Elephant & Wheelbarrow, which is situated on Wickham St in the Valley.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

As you can see, it is trying to appeal to a very diverse clientele. Posters for both the FIFA World Cup and State of Origin (and there's a rugby Tri-Nations one just out of picture) to appeal to different sporting groups. Flags of various nations including the United Kingdom, Japan and Ireland beckon backpackers; while the advertisements for Budweiser beer from the United States is an indication of the eclectic group of beverages served inside at the 9 metre-long bar, one of the longest around. And then there's the pokies for those who find that buying drinks doesn't get rid of their hard-earned quickly enough. I'd rather rip up $20 notes and flush them down a toilet, myself; but that's just me.

If you look more closely at my photograph above, you will see that the name of the hotel appears in the gables at the top of the picture. Note that the name says Prince Consort Hotel, the original name of the establishment which is pictured below around the year 1936.

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #106580)

The original Prince Consort Hotel was built on this site and leased to former stone mason turned publican John Daniel Heal around the year 1863. Heal bought up adjoining properties to enable the construction of a larger premises, and he engaged Richard Gailey to design the new hotel in 1887. The pub was built by William Ferguson for £9,400 and completed in the following year. It's a wonder that Fortitude Valley wasn't renamed Gaileyville in the 1880s, as Richard Gailey had also designed the nearby Empire Hotel, the Wickham Hotel, the Hotel Orient and the Jubilee Hotel during this decade. They all are still standing and operating as hotels today.

John Daniel Heal became the local alderman for the Valley and also mayor of Brisbane for a time. At a later time the Prince Consort was owned by the O'Connor family, well-known Brisbane publicans. I wonder what they would make of its new name? Although, when you come to think of it, Prince Consort (the husband of a reigning queen - think Prince Philip)
sounds vaguely like something the vice squad would be interested in!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

RS Exton building

The expansion of Brisbane from penal outpost to growing colony and finally state did wonders for many of the early tradesmen - the stonemasons, the architects, the builders and painters. Robert Exton was a painter who worked in Brisbane from 1882 through to the 1920s. Originally he was in a partnership with George Gough, and here are their Petrie Bight premises photographed in 1884.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #16819)

Exton & Gough were involved in some significant projects, such as the Treasury Building, Customs House and the Smellie & Co warehouse. They also provided stained glass windows for both St Stephen's Cathedral in Elizabeth St, and St Patrick's Catholic Church in the Valley. The partnership dissolved in 1907, and Exton struck out on his own as RS Exton & Co. and built this Ann St building, designed by Claude Chambers, in the same year. The building was situated next to the J Simmonds Monumental Works, which was in turn next to St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

RS Exton & Co continued as painters and decorators, but it was to be stained glass windows (particularly ecclesiastical) for which they were to become really well-known. The buildings on Ann St began to change too, and Shell House and the Masonic Temple were built between St Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Exton's building. After Robert Exton died in 1921, the business slowly declined through to WWII. The original facade of the building is all that remains (above).

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Consorting in the Valley

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wynnum Ambulance Centre

Did you know that Brisbane was the first place in the world to have an ambulance service manned by paid staff? Quite something to be proud of, I think. Brisbane initially relied upon the police to perform emergency accident first aid, but in 1892 the City Ambulance Transport Brigade was formed to provide transport services to get the ill and injured to hospital. Although ponies and sulkies were purchased in 1897, they were used only to convey the ambulance bearers to the patient, who was then transported to hospital on a litter, as seen in the following photo from 1901. (Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #185643)

Their initial headquarters were situated in the Courier building on the corner of Queen and Edward Sts. now the site of the Commonwealth Bank. After a restructure in 1902 when the organisation became the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade (QATB) as a result of acquiring funding from the State government, the QATB moved to dedicated premises in Ann St. Regional ambulance stations were also being constructed, and the foundation stone (pictured below - click to see a larger image) for Wynnum Station was laid on Australia Day in 1926. At the time, the State government provided only half the funds needed - the rest came from the Wynnum community, anxious to have their ambulance service.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

By the time of the opening of this building in November 1927 (pictured below), ambulance stations were being constructed to a formula: first-aid facilities and garages for the ambulances on the ground floor, and accommodation for the superintendent on the upper floor.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #76041)

The Wynnum Ambulance Station served its community until 1996, when a newer, more modern facility was opened adjacent to Wynnum Hospital. This older building continues its association with the QATB though - it now houses an ambulance museum on the ground level and an ambulance education unit on the upper level.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The only personal contact I have had with an ambulance was the time I broke my ankle playing football in Mount Isa, and it seems like a Keystone Kops movie in hindsight. I felt and heard the thing snap as I was tackled during a rugby match one Saturday night. Play continued for a while before the ref stopped the game, during which time I almost drowned at the bottom of the ruck that had formed over me. Drowned? In Mount Isa? Yes, the club responsible for watering the oval earlier in the day had adjourned to the pub and left the sprinklers on. It may have been my club :-) Anyway, the ref summoned the Zambuck over to look at me (Note: Zambuck is footie slang for an ambulance officer). This Zambuk was only about 150 cm tall, but weighed about 100 kg, so it took him a while to get to me. "What's wrong?" he asked, somewhat breathlessly. "Broke my ankle" replied I. "Let me be the judge of that" he said - after all, he was wearing a uniform. He grabbed my foot and rotated it left and right to the sounds of loud clicking and crunching noises. Luckily, lying in the water for what seemed an eternity had numbed my leg from the knee down. "You've broken your ankle" says the Zambuck, "I'll have to take you to hospital". With that he waddles all the way back to the ambulance and drives it onto the pitch, backing it up to me, still lying on the ground. The Zambuck gets out of the vehicle and opens the back door to produce a stretcher. Players from both teams manhandle me onto the stretcher and into the ambulance. The ref isn't pleased, because the game can't continue without an ambulance present and the hospital is about 15 minutes away. "Don't worry, I'll radio for a replacement" the Zambuck says. With that he takes off towards the hospital, radioing for another ambulance to attend the football ground. I never understood why, but instead of just changing places, the ambulance officers decided to meet half-way and transfer me out of the first ambulance into the second. Unfortunately, the second Zambuck was a 50 kg asthmatic. Between the two of them, they had no chance of moving 100+ kg of me on the stretcher across the two-metre gap between the two ambulances. I had to get out and hop on my good leg from one vehicle to the other so that I could proceed to the hospital. The Three Stooges routine was completed on my arrival at the hospital. Still wearing wet and dirty football gear, boots and all, I was wheeled into the A&E rooms, to be greeted by the apprentice first-year resident doctor. He asked "What's happened to you?". "Broke my ankle, doc" I replied, now confident of the diagnosis. "How did you do that?" he asked, completely ignoring the tell-tale clues of my football attire. Deciding that fate had dealt me a cruel hand by sending a tribe of idiots to look after me, I said "Slipped down the stairs". Just for that, for a broken ankle (X-Rays had confirmed my and the Zambuck's diagnoses), I was placed in a plaster cast from my toes to my hip.

I'm sure present-day ambulance officers (and doctors) do a much better job.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Brisbane Grammar School

This is the view available now to motorists as they drive along College Rd towards the Normanby fiveways. It is the Brisbane Grammar School. For decades the school has been hidden behind large trees, so it is good to now be able to see the structure - however, I notice a fair amount of planting in front of the building, so it may be obscured again in time. (Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

In 1860, the Queensland Parliament passed the Grammar Schools Act which allowed for communities to raise money for the building of grammar schools. The government would add double whatever had been raised, subject to the local fund-raising achieving at least £1,000. The first such school to open was the Ipswich Grammar School in 1863, and in 1864 Brisbane Grammar School commenced at its original site in Roma St. That first school building was designed by Benjamin Backhouse with further work done later by RG Suter. Here is a picture of it from around 1875.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #188167)

The expansion of the railway yards at Roma St led to the school moving to its current location between College Rd and Gregory Terrace with the entrance to the grounds on the Gregory Terrace side. It was designed by James Cowlishaw and built for about £12,000 by contractor W McFarlane, and opened to students in 1881. The new school was enlarged in 1887 with the addition of School House, designed by Richard Gailey, erected to house boarders as well as to provide accommodation for the headmaster. A photo of the school from 1889 is shown below.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #APO_010_027_0001)

Obviously a school this old has built its own tradition, and "Grammar" (as it is known locally) has had only eleven headmasters in almost 150 years. Several of the headmasters, including the current head, have been Grammar old boys themselves - thus ensuring that the tradition continues. I don't know much about the school, save that it has a fine academic record and that it is now one of the more expensive private schools in the state. I didn't go there, although my father did - way back in the 1930s. The only thing he ever told me was that he liked rugby and cricket. I guess the apple didn't fall far from the tree! I'm not sure of his academic prowess either - I know that he studied French because he could still remember some of it when I was learning French at high school. He also did biology and geology, which he told me were called "guts 'n gibbers" by the boys. Haha.
(Photo: Courtesy Brisbane Grammar School prospectus)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Spring Hill Reservoirs

Just behind the windmill on Wickham Terrace are a couple of low-set buildings, nestled in behind the shrubbery. You can just make them out in this picture - click for a larger view.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

he buildings are all locked up, so there is no access to the interiors presently. After recent refurbishment of the windmill and the exterior of the buildings (see one below - there are a couple more just like it), Brisbane's lord mayor indicated that they may be opened to the public at some future time as part of Brisbane's heritage assets.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Well, what are they? They are entrances to the service reservoirs on Spring Hill.There are two reservoirs, the first constructed in 1871 and the second in 1882. They received water from the Enoggera Reservoir at The Gap and stored it for use in the city. Their total capacity was over two million litres. Although I was unable to go inside, the following photo at the Brisbane City Council shows the interior of the reservoirs. The outer walls are 36 centimetres thick and constructed of brick, and the interior chambers are reinforced by brick arches for strength.
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(Photo: Courtesy BCC Library; #BCC S35-939654)

These reservoirs were kept in use until September 1962.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Ballow Chambers, Wickham Terrace

The photograph below depicts the home of Rev Thomas Jones, who became the pastor at All Saints Anglican Church on Wickham Terrace in 1865. The little dwelling was situated a little further up Wickham Terrace from the church towards the windmill.
(Photograph: Courtesy Fryer Library, UQ)

Over ensuing years, Wickham Terrace started to become the focal point of Brisbane's specialist medical practices. This house, known then as Bunya Bunya Cottage, contained a medical practice from the early 1880s onwards. In 1924, the cottage was removed and a purpose-built medical centre was constructed. It was one of Brisbane's earliest such buildings. The architect was Lange Powell, and the builder was John Hutchison. They were recalled to add a further two storeys in 1926. The building was named after Dr David Ballow, onetime Colonial Surgeon and then the first doctor to establish a private medical practice in Brisbane. Ballow died in 1850 of typhus as a result of treating patients at the quarantine station on Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay. There is a plaque commemorating Ballow fixed to the front wall of the building.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

This is Ballow Chambers today - click to see a larger image.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

This building has special significance to me. When (just after the Australia Day floods of 1974) I first met the beautiful woman who is now mrs tff, she was working in Ballow Chambers. The first time I asked her out was a lunch date, and I went to her office on the lower-ground floor so that we could stroll to a nearby park for a quiet romantic lunch. She is still with me after all these years - I am a very lucky man.

EDIT: I completed this post a couple of weeks ago, but delayed publishing it because of bridge openings and festivals. In one of life's delightful coincidences, mrs tff and I were dining out last week with a group of our oldest friends, including one who had worked with mrs tff at Ballow Chambers back in the day. Random chance decreed that the bloke who arrived to sit at the next table turned out to be one of my old cricket teammates. While chatting to him about his life, I casually asked him where his office was. You wouldn't believe it, but it was Ballow Chambers! Not only that, but he is chairman of the Body Corporate. Good luck finding those matching window latches, Louie! :-)

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Ted Smout Memorial Bridge

Redcliffe, to the north of Brisbane, was the site of the first European settlement in Queensland. It is situated on a peninsula fronting picturesque Moreton Bay, and became a favoured holiday resort for Brisbane citizens seeking escape from the humid summers. Now it is home to many and a city in its own right. In earlier days, the only access was either by ferry across the bay or by taking a long road trip via Petrie. Queensland developer and entrepreneur Manuel Hornibrook had a vision of building a bridge across the mouth of the South Pine River to provide a more direct road route to Redcliffe. The idea may have been borne out of a desire to keep his employees at work during the depression years of the early 1930s, and Hornibrook needed to sell his vision to the State government to enable the project to proceed. His initial approach in 1931 didn't receive approval, but Hornibrook persisted, and he was finally given permission to build a toll bridge, raising the initial funds by public subscription.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #19879)

Work proceeded slowly as funds were raised gradually, but accelerated in later years as some government-backed loans were received from the AMP Society.The Hornibrook Bridge was completed in 1935, and here is a picture of it on opening day, 4th October of that year.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #74132)

Despite the fact that it was always a very bumpy ride, and that the bridge seemed to rise and fall as if governed by the waves, it provided sterling service to the people of Redcliffe until 1979, when increasing traffic flow and the lack of a rail service to the area required the construction of a new bridge. The new bridge was named the Houghton Highway after a local politician, and the Hornibrook Bridge was closed to vehicular traffic from the opening of the new one, although it remained open to pedestrians and cyclists. It has also become a favoured fishing platform for many anglers.

However, history has repeated itself. The government still has not provided funds for a rail connection between Brisbane and Redcliffe. Queensland, and in particular the south-east corner of the state, is inhaling southern immigrants at the rate of 2,000 per week and infrastructure is groaning under that pressure. Another bridge has been constructed to improve traffic flow to Redcliffe, and it is now ready for use. Here is a picture of the three bridges - in the foreground, the original Hornibrook Bridge with anglers and pedestrians; then the bridge that is currently in use, the Houghton Highway (you can see vehicles on that bridge - click for a larger image); and lastly the new bridge which has just been completed. The high-rise towers of Brisbane are visible in the background.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The original bridge will be knocked down, save for some elements that will be kept for the fishermen. The following photo gives some idea of the length of water (at 2.7 kilometres in length across Bramble Bay, the longest in Australia) that has to be traversed by the bridges.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The new bridge has been named the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge. Ted Smout passed away in 2004 at 106 years of age, and was accorded a state funeral. He wasn't a bridge builder or a politician - he was an ordinary bloke from Sandgate, a suburb on the southern side of the bridge, who, along with thousands of his mates, was called on to do extraordinary things on the battlefields of Europe during WWI. His enduring message to his fellow Australians is that we should not glorify war. I think he was a national treasure. Here is his picture.
(Photo: Fairfax Press; A Wylie)

In yet another local bridge-opening (next Sunday by my count, we will have opened four bridges and one tunnel since October) on 11 July, the Ted Smout Bridge will be opened to the public with a pedestrian walkover, the same way the Gateway Bridges were inaugurated. I hope lots of people walk the bridge in memory of this fine old digger.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Go Between Bridge

(Photos: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

It seems a new bridge or tunnel opens daily in Brisbane these days. This time it is the Go Between Bridge that "goes between" Milton and South Brisbane. That's it in the top photo, taken from a CityCat and looking upstream towards Toowong. It is shown again in the foreground of the photo above looking downstream towards the city- click the photos to see larger - behind it is the Merivale Rail Bridge and behind that is the William Jolly Bridge. It has been reported that the bridge came in $42 million under budget - that must be why it looks so spartan. Still, I suppose its worth will be its value as a utility, not as a work of art. Makes it hard to photograph it in a flattering light though!

The name of the new bridge was chosen as the result of a competition, and reflects the name of an internationally famous Brisbane band of a couple of decades ago, the Go-Betweens. My mate's cousin, whom I met a couple of times when we were teenagers (well before fame arrived), was a member of this band. At a time when not a great deal was going on in Brisbane, it was was major news to have local musicians doing so well. The new bridge has been controversial, however. Firstly, it is a toll bridge. In an era when everything from drivers' licences to car registration is increasing rapidly, it is another financial impost to beleaguered motorists. A recently opened tunnel, the Clem 7, is also charging motorists a toll, and the vehicle numbers on which the commercial viability of the tunnel were predicated are not being reached. This has forced the toll to be halved to attract motorists to it. The toll on the Go Between Bridge will also have a honeymoon period with a lower toll for the same reason. Hope it works, otherwise the citizens of Brisbane will be up for horrendous rate increases in the future.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Anyway, such is the frequency of opening bridges these days that each successive opening has to outdo the previous one. Mere walkovers are no longer sufficient - we now have to have parties, concerts and markets to christen the edifice. The Go Between Bridge had a concert (with original members of the Go-Betweens appearing) on 25 June, followed by a market on the bridge on 4 July. And here, pictured on the bridge during the celebrations on 4 July, is
my mate's cousin and the other Go-Betweens, together with Brisbane's lord mayor Campbell Newman.(Photo: Courtesy D Hurst and

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Next: ... and more bridges

Monday, July 5, 2010

Teneriffe revisited

In my very first post on this blog, back in January 2009 (some 200+ posts ago!), I lamented the fact that the Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe, where I live, had not made the postcode cut-off. It was reduced to being a locality, which is sort of like the state of being undead in a zombie flick - neither one thing nor the other! An area that had been so important to Brisbane, Queensland and Australia was arbitrarily excommunicated from the wider church of suburbia to achieve some sort of numerical satisfaction within Australia Post. I mentioned at the time that there was widespread public support for restoring the place to its rightful status, and with the help of some savvy political persuasion, that objective has been attained.

On Saturday we celebrated with the inaugural Teneriffe Festival. The local politicians who helped were there - councillor David Hinchliffe and state member Grace Grace - and the Governor gave a nice speech. A lot of the historical importance of the suburb was revisited:
  • Of course, wool from sheep to yarn - click any image to see a larger version.
  • Also the importance of the area during WWII. Some old army vehicles, including a smart sedan in which the Governor arrived, doing her best General Douglas MacArthur impersonation.
  • There were a couple of old taxis too.
  • And all sorts of food and market stalls lined the streets.
mrs tff and I took a ride on an old 1969 Leyland Panther bus, with historian Rod Fisher aboard, visiting points of interest in the Teneriffe area. What a knowledge that man has! (All Photos: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

And the crowds - the streets were filled with people, food, music, kids with balloons, babies in strollers. We are a suburb!

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Next: Bridges, bridges...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Guardian Angels Church, Wynnum

In the early years of the twentieth century, it was necessary for Catholic priests to travel from Brisbane down to Wynnum on Moreton Bay to conduct mass for the local congregation. There was no church there at the time, so mass was celebrated in the Wynnum Town Hall. In 1904, Archbishop Dunne, on one of his visits to Wynnum, came across a piece of land suitable for a church. He bought it for £420 as a gift for the Catholic parishioners of Wynnum. Richard Gailey was engaged to design the church, and it was opened in 1905 after construction by Mr J Little. The photo below shows the church in 1910.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #35004)

The first parish priest was Father Enright, who was responsible for then constructing a school next to the little church. Richard Gailey was recalled to design that, too. The church and the school are still catering for Wynnum's Catholic community, and below is a picture of the church today.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The church is on the other side of Bay Terrace to Mount Carmel Convent, which was designed by Hall & Dods and built a few years later.

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