Show Ground Estate, Zillmere, 1917 (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 from 1917 advertises 140 allotments of land (and three houses) for sale at the Show Grounds Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Zillmere. There is a discrepancy between the map and newspaper advertisements for the sale which report 136 allotments being available.
The allotments were situated along Zillmere Road, Church Road, First Avenue (now Rowell Street), Second Avenue (now Halcomb Street), Third Avenue (now Rodway Street) and Fourth Avenue (now Ardill Street).
Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers.
"The estate is only three minutes from the Zillmere Railway Station, is situated in the centre of the town, and has many advantages to recommend it to home site seekers. The auctioneers state that there are three improved properties and 136 choice allotments to select from. In addition, the auctioneers will offer a compact little poultry farm, situated opposite the estate, and also a four-roomed cottage adjoining the Zillmere School of Arts." (Brisbane Courier, June 9, 1917).
A public auction was held at the site on the afternoon of June 16, 1917.
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You can browse a compendium of our previous maps of the week on our blog.
Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland