Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers in West End

 Brisbane City Sketchers in West End today.  West End is a very old suburb, and has amazing old homesteads.

No. 15 Wanda Walha and N0 9 right next door Hillside on Gray Street West End. Both houses built by the same man in 1885. He owned a timber yard on Montague Road in the day. I did some research, and there were 5 saw mills/timber yards on Montague road then. J. Hogan may well have been the gentleman in question.

The left facing one as the residence,and the right facing as a rental.
A4 Holcroft Sketchbook Lamy pen and watercolour.




Shafston House.
It is also known as Anzac Hostel, Ravenscott, and Shafston International College. (which is what it is today)
Shafston House comprises a group of buildings constructed between 1851 and the 1930s, set in substantial grounds with frontage to the Brisbane River. The main house was constructed in several stages between 1851 and 1904 Charles and Mary Foster bought the property in 1883, and are reputed to have demolished the original structure and commissioned FDG Stanley to design a new house on the land. This was the basis for the Gothic structure that stands there now. The house has a varied history with multiple uses.



A4 Sketchbook and Lamy pen.


Five of us today.  It was a fun morning.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Brisbane CBD from the Kangaroo Point Cliifs top.

Fabulous morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers at The Cliffs Cafe.

Before British settlement, Kangaroo Point was occupied by the Turrbal people, they fished all long the river.  They lived in caves along the cliff front.

It is one of the earliest suburbs settled in Brisbane and subsequently, is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs, rich in history and character. ...
An explorer in 1823 named John Oxley described the suburb as a “jungle, fringed with mangroves with the higher land open forest, covered with grass.” In the 1825 to 1841, Kangaroo Point was cleared and cultivation of crops became its use. On the later years, it soon opened for free settlement. Surveyor James Warner built the first house at Kangaroo Point in 1844. 
Here is an interesting article about the early days of kangaroo Point.









Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at Kangaroo Point


Shafston House.
It is also known as Anzac Hostel, Ravenscott, and Shafston International College. (which is what it is today)
Shafston House comprises a group of buildings constructed between 1851 and the 1930s, set in substantial grounds with frontage to the Brisbane River. The main house was constructed in several stages between 1851 and 1904 Charles and Mary Foster bought the property in 1883, and are reputed to have demolished the original structure and commissioned FDG Stanley to design a new house on the land. This was the basis for the Gothic structure that stands there now. The house has a varied history with multiple uses.
 
A4 sketchbook - mechanical pencil - unipin pen - watercolour.
 
 
 
 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at Newstead Park

What a wonderful morning with friends sketching the Historic Newstead House.
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Brisbane's oldest surviving residence, Newstead House, is based in Newstead. It was built by Patrick Leslie who had settled on the Darling Downs in 1840, and bought the land at Newstead (35 acres) in 1846 for 51 pounds. He named the original cottage 'Newstead' after Newstead Abbey in England. The house has evolved from the original cottage into the grand residence we are now familiar with.

The Leslie family only lived in the house for a year before it was sold to Captain John Wickham, the first police magistrate and government resident for the Moreton Bay District. He was also Patrick Leslie's brother-in-law. Wickham was the commander of the Beagle upon which Charles Darwin also sailed.

In 1939, the Queensland Government enacted the Newstead House Trust, which was the first legislation in Queensland to preserve an historic structure.
 A4 Holcroft Sketchbook Mechanical pencil - Unipin pen and watercolour.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Urban Sketching at it's best!

I had the pleasure to sketch 2 beautiful historic buildings yesterday.  Leckhampton House with the Brisbane City Sketchers, and Shafston House with my friend Lisa, from Singapore.


 Leckhampton House; It is leased by College of Surgeons.
Leckhampton House was designed by Alexander Brown Wilson and built from 1889 to 1890 for Charles William Snow. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992



Shafston House.
It is also known as Anzac Hostel, Ravenscott, and Shafston International College. (which is what it is today)
Shafston House comprises a group of buildings constructed between 1851 and the 1930s, set in substantial grounds with frontage to the Brisbane River. The main house was constructed in several stages between 1851 and 1904  Charles and Mary Foster bought the property in 1883, and are reputed to have demolished the original structure and commissioned FDG Stanley to design a new house on the land. This was the basis for the Gothic structure that stands there now.
The house has a varied history with multiple uses.
After WWI, the property was acquired by the Commonwealth who renamed it Anzac House, using it as a repatriation hospital until around 1969.
After 1969, the property was used by the RAAF as offices and a mess, and a lot of internal restructure occurred at that time.
 

 



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sketching a facade in Queen Street Brisbane

Sitting in Queen Street with the Brisbane City Sketchers on a glorious Saturday. It was MacArther Day in the city and we were serenaded by big bands.  There are some beautiful facades in Queen Street, and they are getting harder to see with all the infrastructure being placed in the middle of the street,  Queen Street on the west side is a pedestrian Mall full of designer shops.  
I drew one of the facades.


A4 Holcroft Sketchbook Lam pen and Watercolour.



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