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Imagine spending your lunch hour shopping in Queen Street and then jumping on a tram back to the office – seem like a pleasant dream that you've suddenly moved to Melbourne? It's not a dream but a reminiscence of the time when trams ruled Brisbane. In 1969, Brisbane became the last capital city to close its tram service which had run since 1885.
On Sunday 16 May 2010, the opportunity arises to relive Brisbane's tram glory days as well as visit more of Brisbane's varied past as a wide variety of Brisbane's heritage sites open themselves up to the public viewing with the Brisbane Living Heritage Network Open Day.
Brisbane has a wide variety of historically significant sites and on the Open Day you can choose to visit one or all of the 40 sites that will be participating, including graveyards, historic houses, maritime, medical and military museums. As well as showcasing buildings that tell Brisbane's history, the Open Day will also highlight the collections and stories of Brisbane's heritage organisations.
As well as wandering the pages of the past, a series of talks, concerts and tours will be on offer at the majority of venues. A full program can be downloaded from the Brisbane Living Heritage Network's website.
The Brisbane Living Heritage Network Open Day will take place across a variety of venues in Brisbane and transport options will vary. Most venues will be either be a reduced cost or free admission for the day.