the home of my heroes, the Queensland Sheffield Shield team, and occasionally the home of my super-heroes - the Australian cricket team.
The kids at this school could walk into the Gabba after school and see three hours play. Plenty of time to see a Slammin' Sam Trimble century or a Peter Allen swing bowling display. Or, if the Gods were generous, a visiting state side, having been put in on a Gabba green-top in the sweltering Brisbane heat, struggling to reach a satisfactory score before the obligatory afternoon thunderstorm. To make matters worse, I don't think those kids had to pay! Meanwhile, I would have to race home on my bicycle to turn on the wireless (that means radio!) and listen to Clive Harburg or Alan McGilvray describe the action. At least I could go to the Gabba on the weekend to soak up the action, and I did that many, many times.
The East Brisbane State School was built in 1899 for £1800. There must have been a degree of embarrassment when the school opened though - the state government had estimated that it would need to accommodate 350 students, but on opening day in July 1899 there were more than 800 pupils; by the end of that year the number was in excess of 1,000!
It was clear that extra room was required, and a further £2,323 was spent over the next two years to add more classroom space as well as the bell tower visible in the photographs. The bell tower contains the bell from the SS Melbourne, donated to the school by the shipping company AUSN in 1910.
The school continued to grow in the early twentieth century, with an infants' wing being added in 1910-11 and further classrooms constructed at the end of the 1930s.
The suburb surrounding the school has changed over the ensuing decades, and so has the school. The school's web site says that the current enrolment is about 240 students from 35 different cultural backgrounds.
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