(Photo: NLA; #an23478405)
The next photo was probably shot about twenty years later, but still before we lost all of the beautiful architecture evident in the earlier picture.
(Photo: Courtesy Leonard John Matthews; flickr)
And it's not only the changes to the brick and mortar that are evident either! My forty years in the financial services sector has made it extremely interesting to me to note the changes in the institutions that once lined Brisbane's main CBD carriageway. Looking down the left hand side of Queen St towards Edward St, we can see:
- ES&A Bank - (English, Scottish & Australian) eventually merged with ANZ
- City Mutual - became Capita, then was absorbed by MLC
- National Mutual - now Axa, and for sale. May be picked up by AMP, which in my day was unimaginable!
- Colonial Mutual - demutualised to become Colonial; now part of Commonwealth Bank
- Commonwealth Bank
- Commercial Bank of Australia (later merged with Bank of NSW to become Westpac)
- AMP where I worked for about 15 years
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)
Now we see:
- unnamed corner building, 307 Queen St
- Manor Apartments
- Bank of Queensland
- MacArthur Chambers
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We have arrived at the end of another Your Brisbane year. The blog will now be on a break until mid-January 2011. This gives your blogger a chance to regroup.
Thank you to my readers, whether regular or occasional, and special thanks to those who contacted me with feedback, story ideas and information.
I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year full of love and laughter.