Waterloo Bay Estate, Wynnum, 1886 (Map of the Week)

Waterloo Bay Estate, Wynnum, Brisbane, 1886. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online.

Waterloo Bay Estate, Wynnum, Brisbane, 1886. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1886 advertises 245 allotments of land for sale at the Waterloo Bay Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Wynnum. The allotments were situated along Waterloo Esplanade, Bride Street, Bay Terrace, St Catherines Terrace, Agnes Street, Cusack Parade, Byrneside Terrace, Mary Street (now called Berrima Street) and an unnamed government road (now called Tingal Road).

Illustration featured on the reserve side of the Waterloo Bay Estate real estate map. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers.

"We are requested to call the attention of our readers to the sale of the Waterloo Bay Estate...There are some hundreds of lots to be chosen from, and the man with a few pounds in hand will find an opportunity of securing something at a cheap figure which must eventually turn out very valuable. A special steamer has been chartered to convey people to the sale; those who have no desire to buy can take advantage of the trip and have a good day's outing. A free luncheon will be supplied on the ground....” (Brisbane Courier, January 20, 1886).

Advertisement from the Queensland Figaro, January 16, 1886

A public auction was held at the site on the afternoon of January 23, 1886. The Brisbane Courier newspaper reported the results of the sale.

"Messrs Arthur Martin and Co. report a very successful sale of the Waterloo Bay Estate, Wynnum, on the ground, on Saturday last. There was a very good attendance, and bidding fairly brisk. Allotments fronting the Esplanade brought £62 each, and the sale resulted in the disposal of 134 lots, for the sum total of £1877.” (Brisbane Courier, January 25, 1886)

A higher resolution image of this map can be viewed through our One Search catalogue.

Prints of this map are also available through the Library Shop.

You can browse a compendium of our previous maps of the week on our blog.

Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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