Waratah Heights Estate, Salisbury, 1924 (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 1924 advertises 90 allotments of land for sale at the Waratah Heights Estate, located in the Brisbane suburb of Salisbury.
The allotments were situated on Maurice Avenue, Golda Avenue, Leah Avenue, Regis Avenue (now Regis Street) and two unnamed roads (now Lillian Avenue and Ainsworth Street)
Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers.
"This property is beautifully situated, facing a main road, on the hill, and right opposite the Salisbury State School. The Estate is nicely laid out, roads formed and graded. The areas of the allotments are from 19 perches to 58 perches. Prices from £20 to £25 each , and lowest of terms. City water is now being laid on to Salisbury Township". (Daily Mail, May 8, 1924, p.16)
A special opening day sale of the Waratah Estate was held at the ground on May 17, 1924. The sale was followed by sporting events and competitions.
The results of the sale were published in The Truth newspaper.
"Arthur Blackwood Ltd, report that they had a very successful sale last Saturday at Salisbury, "Waratah Heights Estate", a special train conveying the people to the land. After the disposal of allotments by private sale, sports, races and competitions took place, which greatly interested the big crowd attending. Salisbury being only a few miles from town, is an ideal suburb with many advantages, having school, stores, and public hall, and also city water being laid on to the district." (The Truth, May 25, 1924, p.16)
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Myles Sinnamon – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland