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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.
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Brisbane Open House celebrates its double figures birthday
How did you celebrate your tenth birthday? I'll bet you had lots of fun, and so did your friends. Brisbane Open House intends making sure you have a great time when their tenth program gets underway for 2019. You will be spoiled for choice as you decide which events you will attend. Check out those choices by visiting and make sure your diary is on hand.

Brisbane Open house banner,unlock brisbane
Unlock Brisbane

The party kicks off with a trivia night in the Speaker Series on Thursday September 26. How well do you know Brisbane? Gather your nerdiest Brisbane pals around you and form a winning team. Try this one for size. Where is there a painting displayed of Governor Brisbane's Mum? Don't bother replying to me. I am not in charge of the prize cabinet.

Where is Governor Brisbane's Mum?

Do you like the nightlife? Then BOH After Dark is for you. You can explore interesting sites such as the 1960s Eisenmenger House and the City Hall Clock tower. Discuss transport possibilities for Brisbane. Discover the thinking and planning behind the revitalisation of Brisbane's laneways and the repurposing of heritage sites and buildings. Plenty to have your brain in overdrive in this series of talks.

Howard Smith Wharves Brisbane
Everything old is new again

Made in Brisbane showcases the initiative and business acumen of homegrown businesses. Brisbane has a history of folks that have put their artistic skills to commercial use.

Enjoy multi-tasking? Who could imagine combining the exploration of Brisbane with a fitness workout? With eighteen walking tours to choose from, one would expect to find a free spot, but don't be fooled. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Book your spot at

Fish Lane Brisbane,elephant mural
Look out for flying elephants in Fish Lane

Twelve extra special events are scheduled for the weekend. Senior high school students can trial their hankering after an architectural career as Architects for a Day. Sit back and listen to Brisbane's cornucopia of tales through Storytelling: Within/Without These Walls.

What tales can the Old Mill tell?

Be part of the inaugural Sketchfest where artists from all over will rub shoulders in a program of urban sketching. For further details go to Facebook@Brisbanesketchfest2019. Heritage architects will walk you through St Paul's Presbyterian Church and ANZAC Square. Something for everyone here.

City sketching Brisbane,Central Station
Where is this sketcher at work?

If music be the food of love, you will be on Cloud 9 with the free concerts on offer. No need to book at the venues of Old Government House, St John's Cathedral, and Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct.

St John's Cathedral Brisbane
Made for Music Makers

Consider yourself another Frank Hurley? If you've got what it takes, you may take out either the Open or Student category in the Photographic Competition. Just find an angle and shoot! Your entry may figure in the BOH catalogue for 2020. You just need the vision.

Baptist Tabernacle Brisbane
Ready. Aim. Shoot!

BOH has many ways to help you plan your weekend. The Info booth in the Queen St Mall will put you on the right path, the free heritage shuttle buses will drive you through popular paths in the City Centre, Spring Hill and South Brisbane, and the King Street path will occupy your kids for hours on end with free activities.

The old and new of Brisbane's built heritage

And the icing on this ten-year-old's birthday cake? A record 119 buildings for you to explore. Poor old Mum has been slaving away in the kitchen to get this party on the road, so the least you can do is help out. Volunteers can register to keep it on the road by going to the web site

Tivoli Theatre Brisbane interior
Help unlock the doors of Brisbane

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Why? To explore Brisbane's built environment in many varied and fascinating ways
When: From Setember 26 to October 13
Where: Throughout Brisbane
Cost: Mainly FREE!
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