Manly Beach, Brisbane, 1887 (Map of the Week)
State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online.
This real estate map for 1887 is advertising 600 allotments of land for sale at Manly (referred to as Manly Beach), an eastern beachside suburb of Brisbane. The auction was held on site on New Year's Day (January 1). Allotments were spread over the following streets - The Esplanade, Cambridge Parade, Cardigan Parade, Mountjoy Crescent, Carlton Terrace, Melville Terrace, Grattan Terrace, Stewart Parade, Boswell Terrace, Kingsley Terrace and Nelson Parade.
Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in the Brisbane Courier and The Telegraph newspapers labelling Manly Beach as "The Future Premier Watering Place of Brisbane". Advertisements also emphasised that the allotments would be in close proximity to the proposed Cleveland Railway line which would pass through the suburb.
Free transportation to the auction site was organised by the auctioneers. This included two commissioned steamers from Brisbane, the Kate and the Young Mat, as well as special waggonettes which had to be requested in advance through the auctioneers.
A large crowd of prospective bidders and spectators turned out on auction day. Both commissioned steamers were at near capacity and there was a delay in landing. It was reported that some cheeky passengers were merely there for the free boat trip and lunch. The auction commenced at 2pm with 194 allotments being sold to 56 purchasers. Sales on that day realised £4,112.
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