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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