As we sadly observe the 34th anniversary of the destruction of Cloudland, we are now looking down the barrel of another huge change to Brisbane's skyline. The Queen's Wharf Redevelopment will be a major makeover for this historic precinct. Will it be for better or worse?
Make sure you take advantage of seeing the precinct before the bulldozers and cranes move in to rearrange the scenery. From August 4, the public were invited to view a wonderfully comprehensive display of information and memorabilia of times past, but only on weekdays from 10am to 2pm. The display will close on December 16, but for those of you with only weekends to spare, a special weekend opening of National Trust House will take place this Saturday, November 12, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. This is your opportunity to discover the stories of the place where Brisbane began, when it morphed from Meeanjin to Queen's Wharf.
National Trust House was formerly the Immigration Depot from the 1860s, and then government offices from the 1890s, namely the Department of Agriculture and Stock which became the Department of Primary Industries. The exhibition produced by the current occupants explores the surprising number of significant events, mysteries and interesting people located in and around Queen's Wharf since the arrival of the first commandant of the Moreton Bay Settlement with his convict entourage in 1825.
Queen's Wharf was originally called King's Wharf until the ascension of Queen Victoria to the throne, and it became the name of the whole Government Precinct. With redevelopment, it will no longer be a Government precinct, but a "tourism, leisure and entertainment precinct". The wharf was built to service the Commissariat Store which is adjacent to National Trust House.
National Trust House has 150 years of history behind it, and is well worth exploring with the knowledgeable guides. The exhibition will inform you about Brisbane Firsts, such as the first Government building powered by electricity; Proclamations as in that of the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia; Riots such as the "Bread or Blood" uproar; Disasters such as the sinking of the Pearl ferry; Mysteries like the hidden boot and Brisbane Notables such as Captain Patrick Logan and Dr Lillian Cooper.
Queensland Government Printing Office electrified 1883
I would have loved to have visited this exhibition on Saturday the 12th, but the email didn't arrive until the same day :( For one-off events such as this more timely advice is needed. Other than my missing out on seeing this exhibition the article was most informative.