Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sketching at South Brisbane Qld Australia

A friend and I both had appointments at South Brisbane today, so we met up to sketch as well. We chose the "South Brisbane Town Hall" Which isn't really a Town Hall but the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers.

Work started in 1891, and the building was officially opened in 1892.

The building is decorated with the most wonderful reliefs and in the front, two gargoyles..

During World War II the old Town Hall and the neighbouring Cumbooquepa (now occupied and enlarged by Somerville House school) were occupied by the American Armed Services.

In 1904, Australia's first electrically-driven clock was installed in the tower.

Southbank Bougainvillea Arbour

The Plough Inn - Built in 1885, the pub is a Brisbane landmark

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Customs House Brisbane

Built in 1889 -  Brisbane was declared a port city in 1846. In 1908, seven years after federation, the building was acquired by the federal government.  The building became redundant when port facilities moved to the Port of Brisbane at the mouth of the Brisbane River, resulting in its closure in April 1988.  It  is now leased by the University of Queensland and was refurbished between 1991 and 1994, at a cost of A$7.5 million.

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