Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Albion, the suburb

The construction of the Breakfast Creek Bridge and the installation of the electric tram line to Clayfield were instrumental in opening up some of Brisbane's near-northern suburbs. Albion, just beyond the bridge, was one of those that were sparsely populated before the advent of the electric tram in 1901; prior to that the horse-drawn trams stopped at Breakfast Creek. One of the early buildings in the area was Whytecliffe, built in 1876 and pictured below in 1930.(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #199905)

Whytecliffe was used as a WAAF barracks during WWII and later became a wedding reception venue. It has now been amalgamated into a retirement village. This is the way it looks these days.(Photo: © 2011 the foto fanatic)

Here is a picture of Albion from 1909, with a group of people boarding a tram. The building on the left with the rooftop ornaments is the Albion Hotel.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #APO-034-0001-0026)

Now that the trams have gone, there are a couple of bus routes that run through here. And the train station is right behind the hotel, but that doesn't prevent four lanes of traffic choking this very busy area.(Photo: © 2011 the foto fanatic)

Pictured below are the Albion Hall in 1909 and the Albion Hotel in 1929.(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #47138)

(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #1901)
And here are those two buildings today.

(Photo: © 2011 the foto fanatic)

We will look a bit further at Albion in the next few posts.

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  1. What a fantastic blog, my husband lives in Brisbane (we're visiting now) & each time we come up here we discover new amazing places. Thanks for such amazing information, love Posie

  2. Whytecliffe is still looking like a beautiful home except that the arch into the front door has been removed. But it probably wasn't necessary in the first place.

    One thing you cannot bring back, however, is the tram service. What a terrible shame Brisbane tore all the tracks out.

  3. I don't think there were any heritage restrictions on the building, so it has been "restored".

    However many buses are brought into service, they will never have the same cachet as trams.

  4. The Albion Hall isn't looking so good. Needs to be repainted in it's original colours, and the awning recreated. Though by the photo it looks like they're putting up a modern (ugly) one instead.

  5. In the 70s and 80s I remember there was a very obvious brothel operating roughly where that Turkish restaurant sign is. The "girls" would sometimes hang out the front door perhaps trying to entice the men over at the hotel.


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