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Brisbane 100 Years Ago

By JOL Admin | 4 January 2011

Having entered into the second decade of the 21st century let's look back at Brisbane 100 years ago. Rod Fisher's Brisbane Timeline: From Captain Cook to CityCat records the following events and facts from 1911:

  • Brisbane area population 175, 487 in 36, 502 dwellings
  • First Australian pilot's licence issued
  • Emmanuel College opened in Jesmond Cottage on Wickham Tce (first residential college for UQ from 1912)
  • Windsor Drill Hall built and Windsor School of Arts opened on Lutwyche Rd
  • Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Woolstore built at Teneriffe to Free-style design by Robin Dods
  • Queensland Railways embarked on modernisation of Brisbane network
  • Dan Evans and Arthur Deakin opened their first engineering business in Edward St
  • University of Queensland Library established
  • Diorama of Aboriginal gunyah with live family attracted great interest at the annual Ekka
  • Code of building by-laws came into force in the City of South Brisbane
  • Kedron Park Racecourse developed on the existing sportsground (to 1931, later Kedron High School and QUT campus)
  • Dan Evans introduced oxywelding and cutting to Queensland
  • David Spencer wins Amateur Motor Car Club hill-climbing race
  • Two cordite storage magazines erected at Enoggera for the Australian Army
  • O'Reilly family select land for farming on Lamington Plateau
Official opening day for the People’s Palace, Brisbane, 1911. John Oxley Library, Image Number 68764.
Military assembly in Brisbane, 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 166670.
Memorial procession for the death of King Edward VII, Brisbane, 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 167827.
Kindergarten at Woolloongabba, Brisbane, 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 44263.
Queen Street, Brisbane, ca. 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 155987.
Excursion to Taringa on the Brisbane River, 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 91806.


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