Brisbane Historic Buildings

Brisbane Historic Buildings

Anzac Square
From Ann Street there is a fine view across the Anzac Square War Memorial to the Post Office standing imposingly on the other side of Post Office Square. In Anzac Square itself are various sculptures, and, most importantly, the Shrine of Remembrance. In the tunnel which leads from Anzac Square to Central Station is the World War II Shrine of Memories. Between Ann and Adelaide streets.

Anzac Square

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Boggo Road Gaol
The very name conjures images of rooftop riots, hunger strikes, protests and escapes, tough crims, and tougher warders.Between 1883 and 2002 more than 500, 000 people passed through the prison gates as staff, visitors and inmates.

Between 1883 and 1913 it was a place of execution. “Boggo” held many infamous inmates including the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombers and the “Houdini of Boggo Road” Slim Halliday.

Boggo Road was one of the most notorious prisons of the Twentieth century. But most of its secrets are yet to be revealed.

The former prison has reopened as a cultural-heritage tourist attraction.

Through Historical Tours, Historical Re-enactments & Immersions, Educational Experiences, Functions & Events – complimented by the presence of the Prison Players – the drama and stories of human beings, their failings and their achievements, within the walls of Boggo Road Gaol, are brought to life. Boggo Road Gaol, Annerley Road, Dutton Park, Queensland 4102, Australia, Tel: 0411 111 903


Brisbane Powerhouse
Originally called the New Farm Powerhouse designed by Roy Rusden Ogg and constructed between 1926 and 1940 to supply electricity to the tramway system. Now a major arts complex with restaurants and bars. New Farm


City Hall

City Hall

Built in 1930, this sandstone building is situated in King George Square. Highlights are the marble staircase and gothic light fittings. An old fashioned elevator will take you to the bell tower, the bells chime every 15 minutes and can be deafening if you are inside the tower at midday. King George Square, Anne and Adelaide streets, City (07 3403 8888).


Customs House
A beautifully restored building with stunning cathedral ceilings, sculptured pillars and balconies overlooking the Brisbane river.


Fort Lytton
A nineteenth century fortress with embankments and water filled moat. Lytton, Brisbane.


Newstead House
The U.S. Army occupied this historical house during World War II, and it is Brisbane’s oldest surviving home. Built in 1846 it has been restored to it’s Victorian splendour. Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead (07 3216 1846).

Newstead House

Old Government House
Old Government House, in George Street, is now managed by the National Trust. This elegant building was the home of the Governor for the first half century of the existence of Queensland. 2 George street, City (07 3864 8005).


Old Windmill
The oldest building in the city was converted into a treadmill for prisoners, becoming known as the ‘tower of torture’. Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill (07 3306 8888)


Paddington Antique Centre
If you are looking to browse through or purchase antiques this is the place to see. There are 50 antique dealers here offering everything that is old, from knick knacks to furniture. 167 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington


Parliament House
Parliament House is located in George Street, with free guided tours available. This building was constructed in 1868, and is the home of Australia’s only single-house parliament. Corner Alice and George Streets, City (07 3406 7562).


St Andrew’s Uniting Church
St Andrew’s Uniting Church has beautiful stained glass windows, organ and the internal domed ceiling of the chancel.


St John’s Cathedral
An Anglican Cathedral built in the 19th century Gothic – Revival style and designed in 1888 by John Loughborough. The Cathedral can seat 1000 people. The Font contains fossil skeletons of coral that came from Frosterly in the UK. The large early twentieth century Wheel window was by William Bustard, the more recent windows by David Saunders and The Millennium Window by Scott Maxwell. 373 Ann Street, Brisbane. (07 3835 2231).


St Stephen’s Cathedral
This fine Catholic cathedral is in Elizabeth Street near the rear of the Post Office. The foundation stone of the first church here was laid in 1848 and the building opened in 1850. It became a cathedral in 1859. This is now St. Stephen’s Chapel, and it is the oldest church in Queensland. The present cathedral building dates from 1874, in part, but it has been added to several times since then. There is a good collection of 19th Century stained glass windows from Europe. 249 Elizabeth Street, City (07 3336 9111).


Story Bridge
Just near Chinatown is Story Bridge, from which there is a magnificent view of the river and city, by day or by night. The bridge itself is one to admire too. The unexpected height of the structure above the water below is breathtaking.


The Commissariat Store
The Commissariat Store situated in Brisbane’s CBD shares with the Windmill on Wickham Terrace the distinction of being the oldest buildings in Brisbane. The Commissariat Store was erected by convict labour during Captain Logan’s term as Commandant of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony. The Store was completed in 1829. Now home to the The Royal Historical Society of Queensland. 115 William Street, Brisbane (07 3221 4198).


Treasury Casino
The Treasury building which houses the casino is one of Brisbane’s grandest buildings. The interior has a six storey atrium and provides all the standard casino games as well as over 1000 pokie machines. The Treasury casino is open 24 hours and provides a couple of quality restaurants as well as cafes and bars. Corner of Queen and George Streets, City

Brisbane Buildings

Brisbane stands as an excellent location for history buffs and tourists alike. Plan a trip to Brisbane with Expedia and bring a number of guests along with you for the trip. There is bound to be something here for practically every type of person. For starters there is a pleasant climate year-round, and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is great for anyone that is appreciative of art. The ports located in the city are always thriving and a great crossroads for plenty of cultures. Don’t hesitate to look into planning your next vacation here, as you’ll certainly remember it for years to come.

Date posted: 25th November, 2017

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