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Top 6 Interesting Facts About Brisbane

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“Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.” – Albert Einstein
Published October 27th 2012
Do you want to learn some secrets about Brisbane?
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Brisbane Skyline (Image by Michael Henderson via Wikimedia Commons)

Brisbane, Australia's third largest city, with its fastest growing economy in Australia is renowned for its own little quirks which are attributed to its intricate history and multicultural population. A green city with an enviously perfect climate, this beautiful gem of a city has many secrets of its own. Read on to find out some quirky facts about Brisbane which you may have never encountered before.

1. A city named Brisbane was born
After receiving a tip-off from a bunch of ex-convicts, surveyor General John Oxley discovered the river which was named "Brisbane" river after a former Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane. The traditional owners of this land are the Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal clans who lived around the Brisbane river for indefinite number of years.

The discovery of the Brisbane river led to the establishment of an European settlement on the banks of this river in the year 1824 and thus a city named Brisbane was born.

2. Nicknamed "Bris-Vegas or "Mian-Jin"
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City of Brisbane (Image by Stuart Edwards via Wikimedia Commons)

The city of Brisbane is more affectionately known as "Bris-Vegas" due to its cosmopolitan lifestyle. The indigenous name for Brisbane is "Mian-Jin" meaning "Place shaped as a spike".

3. World's best Downtown precinct
In the year 2003, the Downtown Brisbane was recognised as the world's best downtown precinct by the International Downtown Association (IDA) beating some of the most glamorous cities of the world.

4. The Ekka
Brisbane's largest event is the Ekka which attracts around 400,000 visitors every year. The Ekka kicked off in January 1876 at the Bowen Park and continues to entertain locals and tourists. Popular for the diverse and wonderful show bags that can be procured at the Ekka, very few people are privy to the fact that the first showbag at the Ekka was a free bag of coal. In today's world, a free bag of coal may not be too enticing for many!

The Ekka also occupies its own place in the history of Queensland for introducing the latest trends in technologies to Queenslanders. As early as 1879, Ekka patrons were entertained and amazed with introductions to telephones, microphones, electric lights, electric thief detector and so forth.

5. The Queen Street Mall
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Queen Street Mall (Image by Brisbane City Council via Wikimedia Commons)

Brisbane's premier shopping destination, the Queen Street Mall was built to deliver the ultimate shopping experience. This mall extends approximately 500m and has more than 700 retailers over 40,000sqm of retail space which houses six major shopping centres.

Recipient of around 26 million visitors per year, the Queen Street Mall is arguably the most successful pedestrian mall in Australia.

6. Haunted Brisbane Arcade

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Ghost (Image by Ianaré Sévi via Wikimedia Commons)

Wide-eyed shop-keepers and awe-struck shoppers have reported ghost sightings in the elegant Brisbane Arcade. These stories even made their way to the media where stunned witnesses relayed their ghost sightings in front of millions of viewers. Even security guards stationed at the Arcade have substantiated these sightings with their own accounts of catching glimpses of a mystical beauty walking long the gallery level and mysterious footsteps being heard after dark in the staff-only quarters.

Some argue it is the ghost of a former shopkeeper who continues to maintain vigilance at the arcade after her death. While others opine that it is the ghost of Mary McIntosh, wife of the notorious Patrick Mayne, eternally walking the building as punishment for her family's sins. Whatever the truth may be, these stories only add to the allure of the Brisbane Arcade. So next time you step into the arcade, keep an eye out for a mysterious female figure in black lurking in the dark corners trying to stave off any unwanted attention.

A ritzy city with a down-to-earth attitude, Brisbane's exquisiteness is only boosted by the wonderfully interesting facts and legends that shroud the history and the cosmo life of Brisbane.

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Her husband's sins, maybe. Two of her children, although deceased, continue to support the University of Queensland's medical school through their bequests, including rental from the very same Brisbane Arcade..
by Alison Muirhead (score: 2|278) 2822 days ago
Re the name BrisVegas... there are some interesting and very plausible explainations on Urban Dictionary. Most of which were meant initially as compliments but time has made the term into one of affection for Brisbane.
by Jelbe (score: 1|21) 2921 days ago
As a previous retail worker for general pants co. In the old store next to city beach , I used to sort stock downstairs under the mall . The history of this building is that it was the original women's jail when queen st was still a dirt road . There are still remnants of the bars and cells and also solitary confinement cell !
Most mornings would find stock moved around on street level and down stairs , there was a definite ghostly presence in there most days .
by Mittr (score: 0|5) 2862 days ago
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