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The Brisbane Greeters do Spring Hill

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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
Published November 15th 2015
Saunter up Spring Hill and down Dale with a Brisbane Greeter
Spring Hill Panorama

It was a case of ups and downs when the Brisbane Greeters did their training greet of Spring Hill with Greeter Gloria. In fact, interestingly, Spring Hill was once known as Spring Gully. The Brisbane City Council Heritage Trail notes invite you to Saunter through Spring Hill, and that is the advice I would give anyone who is up for this very interesting greet. No need to go at it like a bull at a gate; there is so much to see, and no point in wearing yourself out in the first hour or so. Take it gently, and take advantage of the many watering holes along the way, whether your preference be coffee or something stronger.

A great springing off point is the Spring Hill Baths. Established in 1886, they have a long and colourful history.

Come on in - the water's fine

Then on to Boundary Street, historically a place of brothels and pubs all of life's essentials, according to my Greeter husband. Why was Boundary Street so called?

Spring Hill hotel,brisbane
One of many watering holes

Boundary Street,Story Bridge,Brisbane,Spring Hill
Boundary Street

Women have played a great part in Spring Hill's social history. Who were Mary McConnel, May Walker and Mary Bedford? And what about Elizabeth Long? AND the nine-foot nun?

Elizabeth Long,116 Isaac Street,Spring Hill
Is this a Doll's House?

Bedford Playground,Spring Hill,Brisbane
Strolling through a 'Kingdom of Happiness'

Architecturally there is a great variety of homes, from the workers' cottages to the grand houses on the hills. With gentrification of the area from the mid-20th century, many homes have been restored to their former glory.

Derelict cotage,Spring Hill,Brisbane
Looking for a fairy godmother...

derelict cottage,spring hill,brisbane
to work some magic

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Grandeur on the Hill

Park Terrace,Spring Hill,Brisbane,renovated terrace houses
Park Terrace

What part did Spring Hill play in World War Two? Is it anything to do with the large chimney standing tall on St Paul's Terrace? How did the poor dispose of their night soil? How did this affect the health of the suburb?

Chimney,St Paul's Terrace,spring hill,brisbane,monier
Chimney on St Paul's Terrace - Why?

Did you know that Spring Hill is home to the State's oldest primary school, and its hotels featured in the corruption activity known as The Joke?

Alliance Hotel,Spring Hill,Brisbane,the joke
The Alliance Hotel - since 1888

Whether you are a visitor to our city or a born and bred Brisbanite, all these questions and more will be answered on a 2-3 hour greet. There is much to learn about the hidden corners and history of Spring Hill. As for me, I am on the hunt for my father's birthplace in rooms above a Spring Hill store.

Renovated corner store,spring hill,brisbane
Was this Dad's house?

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