Tuesday, August 18, 2015


The first Baptist church was formed in Brisbane in 1855. The first Church building was opened in Wharf Street in 1859. The church then moved to the present site on Wickham Terrace. This impressive building stands on one of the highest parts of the city.
The current Baptist City Tabernacle  was designed by Richard Gailey and built from to 1889 to 1890. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992

 Fabriano Venezia 9.5" x 6" 220gsm sketchbook  - 0.8 UniPin pen and watercolours

My warm up sketch was done from the Wicked Corner Cafe on the corner of  Edward St and Wickham Terrace.  Where I was sitting, I could look up Wickham Terrace and see the Historic Windmill Observation Tower.

A5 black Mont Mart 220 gsm sketchpad - White Signo Gel pen

The Old Windmill was built in 1828 during colonial times by convicts for grinding grains, such as wheat and maize. It is the first and oldest convict built structure in Brisbane and is on the heritage list.

It  originally had wind-powered sails, but they never worked very well, so a  treadmill  called a "rat-wheel" was introduced.  It is said that one convict slipped to his death while working the treadmill.  The fellow convicts were ordered not to stop "treading"   The treadmill was dismantled in 1842 when the convict settlement was closed.

From 1922 to 1926 the tower served the Institute of Radio Engineers for meetings and experiments, Gympie Radio Pioneer A. E. Dillon 4CH, was the first experimenter to conduct MW tests and transmissions from this tower in late 1921 or early 1922. The Tower was ideally suited for this purpose as it commanded a panoramic view from Moreton Bay in the east, to Darling Downs on the western horizon. Nearby he erected a 150 feet (45m) mast and strung an 80 feet (24m) antenna between it and the Tower - the most impressive configuration of its kind in Queensland at the time.
During the 1930s and 1940s the tower was the venue for pioneer television broadcasting.

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