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.
 
 
 
 
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