Sunday, September 17, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at castle Rumble

Logan’s best kept secret is Castle Rumble, a medieval-style 'castle' built brick by brick by Brian Rumble, an artist and sculptor (whose past projects include work on Brisbane’s Grammar School, St Andrews Church and Dreamworld). (Extract from Must Do Brisbane - Deb Lidster)
Like the Addams Family house, the castle is creepy and kooky. Set on four hectares, the castle is guarded by gargoyles at the gated entrance. The gardens are landscaped with quirky sculptures and statues while the home itself is a mixture of Tudor meets medieval with a touch of Gothic thrown in. The castle is complete with turret, lead-light windows and a courtyard straight out of the Middle Ages. The latter has been used in the past to host banquets, birthday parties and even weddings. Inside is equally intriguing with dimly-lit rooms covered in cobwebs and a thick layer of dust. 
Visitors can only access the first floor of this four story home; however the turret offers 360 degree views from Mt Coot-tha to Cunningham’s Gap. Behind the castle, there’s a vine-covered two-story dwelling with a workshop of sorts on the ground floor, while upstairs you’ll find a bed chamber, stunning stained glass and intricately carved timber wall and impressive views.
Nice to know – Castle Rumble is currently on the market (at time of visiting in September 2017) for the right buyer. While developers have shown an interest in the land, the family would like the new owner to keep the castle and let Brian’s labour of love live on.
 
A4 Sketchbook Lamy Pen and Watercolours.
 
 




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saint Stephens Girls School.


St Stephens School is a heritage-listed former Roman Catholic school.  It was designed by architect John Ibler and built in 1892 by Thomas Rees..  

This three-storeyed school building is built in the Gothic Revival style. The school stands on land which was designated for church use in 1847 and officially granted to the Catholic Church in 1849.
Classes had been conducted in various "second-hand" buildings since 1845, but on 20 March 1892 Archbishop Robert Dunne, a trained teacher, laid the foundation stone for this purpose-built school. 

A tin capsule containing copies of the three Brisbane daily newspapers and The Australasian was lodged under the stone.


11" x 15' Bockingford paper Lamy pen and watercolour.



  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Brisbane City Sketchers at Roma Street Parkland

The area that is now called Roma Street Parkland has a long and varied history; from a meeting place for local Aboriginal people prior to European settlement, a gazetted park in the 1870s to a railway goods yard the area that is now called Roma Street Parkland has been a focal point for the people and commerce of Brisbane.

The Turrbal people used the area around Roma Street Parkland for a variety of purposes prior to the arrival of the first Europeans, uses which included recreation, hunting and camping. On at least occasion in the 1840s it is recorded that the Roma Street area was used for a major gathering of Aboriginal groups from south-east Queensland and was probably the last of such gatherings in the Brisbane area.


Brisbane City Sketchers


7.5" x 5.5" sketchbook
Lamy pen and watercolours.






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