Postcards from 100 years ago




Grey Street Bridge, Coronation Drive, and Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane 

The Cross River Bridge Commission handed down its report in February 1926. Two Key Bridge recommendations were a bridge from North Quay to Grey Street South Brisbane and a suspension type bridge from Kangaroo Point to Bowen Terrace.  

18 Grey Street BridgeCouncil initiated work on the Grey Street Bridge almost immediately.  

The Bridge, designed by engineer A.E Harding Frew was Australia's first multi-span rainbow arch type bridge. M.R Hornibrook built it. The ornate design of the Bridge was chosen to reflect the "civic pride" felt by Brisbane in its new status following the creation of the amalgamated Greater Brisbane City Council.  

Construction commenced in 1931 and the total cost of the project was 700,000 pounds. The Arches are steel encased in concrete and it was probably the first major use of the Gunite (sprayed concrete) process in Australia.  

The Grey St. Bridge was opened in

29 Observatory Terrace

 March 1932 and renamed William Jolly Bridge, on July 5 1955 following the death of W.A. Jolly, first Mayor of the “greater” Brisbane City Council. 



Customs House74 Customs House 

The Moreton Bay district of what is now the state of Queensland was officially opened to free settlement in 1842 and growth of the Port of Brisbane quickly followed. The Colony of New South Wales declared Brisbane a ‘Port of Entry and Clearance’ in 1846. The original Custom House was built in 1849 at a bend in the Brisbane River known as Petrie’s Bight. It was demolished in 1886 with the commencement of the building of a new Custom House. 

Work on the new Custom House  took three years to complete and was comissioned in 1889.  This stately land mark served as the city's Customs House for almost a century before the gradual shift of port activities closer to the river mouth undermined its role.  

Customs House finally closed in April 1988 and for a while the building's future was uncertain. 93 Victoria BridgeThen in late 1991 the University of Queensland took over the lease and launched a major restoration program to return the heritage-listed building to its former glory. Three years and $7.5 million later the original style had been faithfully recaptured - but this time subtly blended into a modern, highly functional, multipurpose building for educational and cultural activities. The Customs House is once more a major Brisbane asset. 

Victoria Bridge


276 Brisbane waterfront 












Brisbane Waterfront

277 Brisbane Central Railway Station

 Brisbane Central Railway Station












383 North Quay

North Quay


Land in Sandgate became available in 1853, allowing a small seaside settlement to develop.  

By 1874, coach services connected Sandgate to Brisbane.  The coming of the railway in 1882 promoted more rapid development of the Sandgate area.  

Travel to Brisbane by train could be completed in less than one half hour. Sandgate was declared a town by the Governor of Queensland in 1880.388 Sandgate Beach 







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