Friday, June 17, 2011

Brighton Terrace, West End

(Photo: © 1982 National Trust of Queensland)

(Photo: © 2011 the foto fanatic)

These four identical semi-detached houses were built in the late 1880s as an investment for Emile Gaujard, a wholesale and retail tobacconist. The houses are on two separate allotments, so that altough they appeared to be a set of four terraces, they could be sold separately in pairs.

The houses were later split into twelve flats, but in 1990 they were restored to their original configuration of four residences, each with six rooms and three bathrooms.

This is the last in our series of West End houses.

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5 comments:

  1. I thought from the photos that they were cottages for working families, small functional and well located for work. But then you say that each house had 6 rooms - quite large for renters! What sort of suburb was Brighton Terrace in, back in the late Victorian era?

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  2. I worked at West End for 3 years (along Montague Road) and I don't think I saw any of these residences. I'll have to go and take a drive one weekend. Thanks for sharing their history.

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  3. Hels: West End was a farming area until the opening of the first bridge across the river. Then horse-drawn trams started to service the area and it became urbanised. It has always had a cross-section of houses from the elites living on the hills to the workers in the flood-prone river areas. It suffered badly in the 1893 flood.

    Littlemissairgap: Well worth a look!

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  4. I have wondered about this place before too.

    I've really enjoyed your little West End series and look forward to casually reeling off some facts to my friends and family next time we go pass these houses.

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  5. Cara: you live in a great part of Brisbane.

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