Our timeline in Australia (and in Brisbane)

Click here to read about Australia's early explorers, starting with William Janszoon in 1606, the sections they all mapped (and didn't map), where they came from, and where they sailed to.

Click here to go to Brisbane's Table of Contents

The population of Australia at the time of its "invasion" by England in 1788 is estimated at perhaps being about 1 million though it may well have been less. The population around the Sydney region was estimated as "about 1500". From the beginning, instructions from England were to "establish good relations with the Indigenous people" in order to "gain useful knowledge of the area", and all reports of Governor Phillip show that, yes, he endeavoured to do just that, ordering that the Aboriginal peoples must be "well-treated, and that anyone killing Aboriginal people (without due cause - Steve) would be hanged". But in 1791, Governor Phillips handed out muskets to ex-convict settlers, to "shoot at" aboriginals, and inevitably settler and government retaliation against aboriginal attacks led to unpunished massacres.
Year of last massacre by State (according to Wikipedia)

On the other hand, starting with Governor Macquarie on 4th May 1816, click here for the attempts at peace by the British Government in Sydney and in the other colonies during these early years by establishing "protected reserves". Click here for recent developments. No, no simple answers about how people can live together, particularly when they have different cultural backgrounds — James 4. Not without God's help.

Anyway , beginning in 1788 all the initial settlements in Australia were ruled from Sydney as penal settlements or "prison camps", with land grants and leases offered to convicts as they completed their sentences. Each Governor was empowered to grant land to these men. Every male was entitled to 30 acres, an additional 20 acres if married, and 10 acres for each child with him in the settlement at the time of the grant. To encourage free settlers to the colony, Governor Phillip received additional Instructions entitling non-commissioned Marine Officers to 100 acres and privates to 50 acres over and above the quantity allowed to convicts. Other settlers coming to the colony were also to be given grants. Click here for some background on what was being used for money.

There were no (or minimal) land sales before 1831. Transportation to Sydney ended in 1840 as the colony opened up to free settlement, land sales (by auction), and subdivision. Self-government in New South Wales came in 1855.

Independent colonies opened up under British rule, starting with Hobart in Van Diemen's land in the south in 1825.

Over the waters from Sydney in 1834, James Busby, the official British Resident in New Zealand, drafted a document known as the "Declaration of (sovereign) Independence" of New Zealand which he and 34 northern Maori chiefs signed at Waitangi on 28 October 1835. Back in 1769-1770 James Cook, followed by English missionaries, had started transcribing the Maori language into the English script, a development embraced enthusiastically by Maoris during the 1820s. By 1839, 52 chiefs had signed. In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi, that ensured future land sales always had to go via the Crown, meant New Zealand was now a British colony then in 1853 a self-governing British colony alongside New South Wales. Click here for further background to this document. Now in 1862, the first electric telegraph line was built, starting at Christchurch in the South Island. In 1872 it reached Auckland, then in 1876 a submarine cable was laid to Sydney, and thus to the rest of the world.

Back to Australia. Federation in 1901 now declared Australia's colonies to be self-governing states inside the Commonwealth of Australia, with the Australian constitution recognising the principal of "separation of powers" i.e. having three branches of government 1. Parliament: Making laws, with Parliament always subject to the Constitution 2. Prime Minister and the Cabinet: Enforcing laws 3. High Court Judges: Interpreting laws in light of the Constitution. The Constitution cannot be changed by an Act of Parliament alone, a referendum of the people is necessary.
Click here for further background to this Australian system of government.

In 1942, Australia changed its status from that of a "dominion" inside the British Empire to that of a "member" inside the British Commonwealth of Nations. In 1946, England dropped the word "British" in reference to this statutory body, in preparation for upcoming independence and membership by the Republic of India.

In 1948, the issue of becoming an Australian citizen, and having an Australian passport, arose. Prior to this, all peoples born in Australia, or born elsewhere but with a father born in the UK or in a British dominion (including Australia) were known as British citizens, entitled to a British passport. This situation no longer applied to many in the new Republics of India and Pakistan.
Each member country in this new Commonwealth of Nations now put in force local immigration laws. On January 26 1949, Australia's first Minister of Immigration, Arthur Calwell, declared that all people born outside Australia who were British subjects (or people naturalised as British subjects) would now automatically become Australian citizens, provided they had been living in Australia for five years prior to that date. Rules have changed somewhat since. The other situation of being Australian born and choosing to become a British subject was then permitted by the UK up to January 1983, but rarely since.
Click here for the latest rules on Australian citizenship.

In 1992, in a High Court decision akin to New Zealand's formal declaration of historic land rights, the Murray Island decision asserted that "Native Title" pre-existed prior to 1788 for community governance purposes, and rejected the use of "Terra Nullius" made in an earlier 1971 decision. Referred to as the "Mabo decision" after the trade union leader who had taken this case up to the High Court. Famously alluded to in "The Castle", a movie filled with Australia's talent at "sending itself up".

Back to the 1800s. As far as “becoming free” of Sydney’s oversight and control went, dates of independence followed by self-government in these previous colonies were as follows:

  1. Hobart (Van Diemen’s Land) was first in 1825, becoming a major penal colony for Britain until transportation finally ended for them in 1853. Self-government and the renaming of the island as Tasmania (thus removing that "demon" pun) followed in 1856.
  2. The Swan River Colony (Western Australia) became independent as a free settlement in 1829, though it had poor growth. In 1850, in order to boost its current white population of 5000 (and get more financial support from Britain) they ended up agreeing to becoming a penal colony until 1868. Self-government, with an upper and lower house, finally came to them in 1890.
  3. South Australia was created by a special act of Parliament in London in 1836, and sponsored free passage from England for four years, a free province, no convicts ever. Growth was rapid. Self-government came in 1855.
  4. Melbourne (Victoria) was next. Independence from Sydney in 1851, and self-government in 1855.
  5. And lastly, but not leastly :-) Brisbane (Queensland), independence and self-government in the same year, in 1859.

click here to read some of South Australia and Adelaide's history, famous for a number of firsts and equal firsts, including secret ballots, the legalising of trade unions, and the Torrens title for land registration.

click here for Hobart (Tasmania) and Melbourne (Victoria)

Ok. Now for Brisbane and Queensland, initially the Moreton Bay settlement.


From: Stephen Williamson
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2012 7:44 PM
To: Amy Williamson
Subject: indigenous, aboriginal, and indigent

Hi sweetie

Let’s see if I can summarize those etymologies with appropriate hyperlinks

Aboriginal – From the beginning – the original family/tribe/community/nation race

Ethnic – Band of people living together – the current family/community/nation race – not an outsider or foreigner

Ethics/Ethical and Mores/Morals – Customs or character of a person or people. Ethical is from the Greek Ethos, Moral is from the Latin Mos/Moris, but basically the same word. Interestingly, according to this Greek Dictionary of New Testament words, the word ethnic is probably also derived from this word: click here Ethos/Etho.

Indigenous – Born in the country – not a foreigner. However, because nearly 98% of us here in Australia are such recent arrivals (click here regarding Australian citizenship — first ceremony wasn't until 1949) the Australian Government defines indigenous Australian as either Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander (or a mixture of the two). According to Wikipedia – click here – the number in 2016 that traced their ancestry back to one of those groups was 649,171.

Whereas Indigent – Needy – very different word. Latin word indigens related to Greek word ενδεης (en-deh-ace).

love dad


Brisbane's Table of Contents

Intro by Sir George Bowen

1824 Brisbane Settlement Timeline

First Hospital

First Mayor and Premier

First Water Supply and Sewerage

First Electric Telegraph

First Railways

First Bridges

First Ekka

First Electric Lighting

First Electric Tram Lines

First Free Primary (and High) Schools

Fortitude Valley Pool

Population Growth


Sir George Bowen, the first governor of Queensland, in a letter to a friend in England in 1859

http://espace.library.uq.edu.au /eserv/UQ:212643 /s00855804 1962 1963 7 1 72.pdf

"Brisbane, my present capital, must resemble what Boston and the other Puritan towns of New England were at the close of the last century. In a population of 7,000 we have fourteen churches, thirteen hotels and twelve policemen. The leading inhabitants are a hard-headed set of English and Scottish merchants and manufacturers." Writing to the Secretary of State for the Colonies he also described himself as impressed by the air of prosperity. "Distress and pauperism, those comprehensive terms so frequently used in European politics, are unknown here."

Despite this favourable view, it is recorded that one other visitor at another time was not so impressed. When he saw the hotels, he rubbed his hands with glee, saying this was the place for him to start in business. But then he counted the churches — and returned at once to Sydney.

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Brisbane Settlement Timeline

http://www.brisbanehistory.com /convict_buildings.html

http://gutenberg.net.au /ebooks14/1400241h.html

1824-1825: First settled with 45 males and 2 females. It steadily increased, reaching 1,241 in 1831. The principal object of the local authorities appears to have been the perfect isolation of the settlement (approach to which, within fifty miles, was strictly prohibited to Europeans), and this so far as they could, they vigorously maintained.

So naturally there were no shops or banks. Fresh water came from a creek which rose near the present Brisbane Grammar School on Gregory Terrace and flowed down the site of Roma Street Parkland to the site of the present City Hall. A small reservoir dammed this creek and conveyed water through hollow hardwood logs. Slab huts were quickly built for accommodation and the convicts set to work growing grain. Corn, the first successful staple crop, was grown at South Brisbane, directly opposite the main settlement. A farm was developed on land known as Eagle Farm.

1828: Limestone Station (later renamed as Ipswich) provided the source of Brisbane's mortar for the convict barracks. Other stone and brick buildings built at this time included the convict hospital (on North Quay facing towards George Street), the Commissariat Store, still standing, situated between present day William Street and the Queens Wharf Road, and the Windmill on Wickham Terrace, built to grind corn.

The convicts' hours of work were sunrise to sunset with two long breaks, one at 8am for breakfast and one at midday. On Sundays, they were mustered for a church service. Hundreds of convicts fled the stern conditions (of public lashings and at times executions) and escaped into the bush. The convict settlement was gradually reduced during the 1830's as the authorities prepared to open the Moreton Bay region for free settlement.

1834: With numerous stone structures now built, the Moreton Bay settlement is declared to be a town having the name of Brisbane being on the Brisbane River — that name had been given to the river by John Oxley when he explored it in 1823, Sir Thomas Brisbane being the governor of NSW at that time.

1839: Penal settlement closed with many convicts returning to Sydney. Click here for further details of this time.

1842: Brisbane was officially proclaimed a free settlement on 4 May 1842 with Brisbane now laid out in dusty, unsealed streets and blocks. A homeopathic surgeon, Dr Stephen Simpson was appointed commissioner of crown lands for the area and became acting administrator until the arrival of police magistrate John Wickham the next year. On 7 December the first Brisbane land sales (by auction) were held in Sydney. The same month saw the inauguration of the first steamship service by the Hunter River Steam Navigation Co. with the steamer "Shamrock", a three day journey between Brisbane and Sydney.

1846: The recorded population of Moreton Bay area was 4000 Aborigines and 2257 migrants. Moreton Bay Courier, the forerunner of the Courier Mail that also commenced this year, made frequent mention of local indigenous people who were working and living in the district.
Brisbane now consisted of three villages, at North Brisbane, South Brisbane, and Kangaroo Point.
In December Brisbane's first solicitor Robert Little arrived, and set up an office in George Street, opposite the old hospital. Click here for a detailed record of the early years of his practice. In 1925 his firm became Feez Ruthning and Co, and since 1996, part of Allens Operations Pty Ltd.

1850: The first bank, the Bank of NSW opens a branch for general (trading) bank business. During the 1850s the Commissariat Store, soon to be called the Colonial Store, has its first floor turned into an immigration barracks, and in the 1860s a police barracks.

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First Hospital

http://www.brisbanehistory.com /brisbane_hospitals.html

1827: As mentioned previously, in 1827 a Convict Hospital was built on North Quay facing George Street between Adelaide and Ann Streets in this tiny convict town. In 1832 its accommodation was extended, a cottage was built for the Medical Officer, and a Military Hospital was built adjacent to it. It subsequently became the Survey Office.

1849: After free settlement, the first Public Hospital in Brisbane, the Moreton Bay Hospital, was established on 12 January, 1849. It was this old Convict Hospital on North Quay and was grossly overcrowded trying to cater to the growing population of post convict era Brisbane and surrounding areas. The hospital operated on subscriptions from those in the community who could afford to give. In turn these subscribers were issued with tickets which would entitle the bearer to medical treatment at the hospital. Those who could not afford the subscriptions and needing treatment went in search of tickets from benevolent subscribers. Another source of funds was the fines levied in the Police Courts.

1856: Brisbane's non-indigenous population approached 6,000. The name of Moreton Bay Hospital was changed to the Brisbane Hospital as other hospitals in various towns opened. The opening of other hospitals meant that the subscriptions base dwindled and a call went out for more local subscribers. Epidemics of diseases brought in from the tropics swept through Brisbane such as malaria, dengue fever, typhus, typhoid, amoebic dysentery and smallpox. Gunshot wounds and knife injuries from numerous bar and street brawls requiring surgery, were on the rise. In the 1860s tropical diseases were introduced by the unfortunate South Sea Islanders or Kanakas, who were 'Blackbirded' and brought to Brisbane and northern Queensland where they were forced to work on cotton plantations and cane fields. The practice was outlawed by the Queensland Government in the 1890s and most Islanders were sent home.

But it was a wild time all right. Click here re Patrick Mayne, the "mad" Irish butcher of Queen Street, at his death possibly one of the richest men in Brisbane.

1867: More than 35,000 flocked to Brisbane between 1860-1865, following separation from NSW in 1859 combined with the development of a proper immigration scheme, but with no support from the previous New South Wales government, the building of a larger hospital was delayed until the Queensland Government accumulated sufficient funds of its own. The new hospital was completed in 1867. Standing on land at Herston, the facility contained Fever Wards, long low blocks located just behind the main building. The patients were moved from the hospital in George Street to the new Brisbane Hospital on 8th January, 1867. There were complaints that the new hospital was located too far out of the town and would have been better sited at Spring Hill or Petrie Terrace. The first nurses graduated from the hospital in 1888.

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First Mayor(s) of Brisbane and Premier(s) of Queensland

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au /about-council/council-information-and-rates/council-history/index.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List of mayors and lord mayors of Brisbane

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premier of Queensland

1859: The Municipality of Brisbane was gazetted on 25 May 1859 and proclaimed by the Governor of New South Wales on 7 September 1859. The first local government area in Queensland, Brisbane was the only one incorporated prior to the establishment of Queensland as a separate colony. Its boundaries covered the Brisbane City area, and Fortitude Valley. The first election for this municipal council was held on 13 October 1859. There were 37 candidates for the nine positions on council. John Petrie, a notable builder and stonemason, was unanimously elected first mayor. The first aldermen were men who had helped to establish Brisbane as an important settlement in the north.

At the same time, Sir George Ferguson Bowen was appointed the first Queensland governor. He arrived at Brisbane from England on 10 December 1859 and brought Robert Herbert with him as his private secretary. On the day of the governor's arrival, Herbert was gazetted as colonial secretary with Ratcliffe Pring as attorney-general. These with the governor formed an executive council to which additions were made afterwards. At the election held early in 1860 Herbert was returned unopposed for one of the Leichhardt seats in the Queensland Legislative Assembly and became the first premier of Queensland. He showed himself to be a good leader, holding office from December 1859 to February 1866.

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First Water Supply and Sewerage

http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au /jol/2014/05/13/water-for-a-thirsty-city/

https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Outhouse#Australia and New Zealand

https://www.engineersaustralia .org.au/engineering-heritage-queensland/chronology-engineering-works-queensland

https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Water supply and sanitation in Australia#Brisbane and Gold Coast

https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Queensland_Urban_Utilities

https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Seqwater

http://www.seqwater.com.au /water-supply/dam-levels

Click here for background and photos of Brisbane's early water supply, in the days when people without rain tanks purchased their drinking water in casks.

Click here for today's situation, with twelve dams servicing Brisbane and South East Queensland, having a combined total capacity of 2 trillion litres.

1863: The Qld Government commissioned the Brisbane Council, via a loan of £50,000 to construct waterworks and lay down pipes from the water supply at Enoggera Creek.

1866: Just as the work was nearing completion, the Qld Government took control away from the Municipal Council and appointed the Brisbane Board of Waterworks to run the service.

1902: Brisbane had an outbreak of bubonic plague which encouraged agitation for sewerage.

1909: Brisbane Board of Waterworks replaced by a newly constituted Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board (MW&SB), to commence sewerage implementation.

1912: Brisbane's first water filtration plant installed at Enoggera dam.

1923: Finally, first sewerage connection in Brisbane — to the MW&SB office.

1925: The Qld Government now formed the Brisbane City Council amalgamating the two cities Brisbane and South Brisbane, six towns — Toowong Ithaca (i.e.Paddington and Red Hill) Windsor Hamilton Sandgate and Wynnum, nine shires — Moggill Taringa Enoggera Kedron Toombul north of the river, Balmoral Belmont Coorparoo Stephens (i.e.Annerley) south of the river as well as part of the shires of Yeerongpilly and Tingalpa.
It reduced the number of aldermen over this area from more than 200 down to 20.

1928: Brisbane City Council formally took over responsibility for MW&SB assets.

1935: Qld Govt starts construction building Lake Somerset on the Stanley River (south of Maleny), a flood mitigation reservoir (60% of its capacity), and having the other 40% provide for 380 billion litres of drinking water. Due to WW2, it wasn't until 1959 that all work related to the dam, including its hydroelectric power station was complete. Two further dams followed, North Pine by 1976 and Wivenhoe by 1985.

1961: But in this year, Brisbane was still a city with no town planning, many unpaved streets, limited water supply, few areas with sewers — with most residents having to rely on having an outhouse or a septic tank. Through the 1960s Lord Mayor Clem Jones successfully led the council to develop a town plan, seal roads, improve drainage and connect sewers to most of the city.

1979: Brisbane's sewerage scheme essentially completed.

2010: The Qld Government resumes control of Brisbane Water, commissioning Qld Urban Utilities on behalf of SEQ Water to deliver retail water supply and wastewater services to Brisbane and South East Queensland.

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First Electric Telegraph

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Australian telegraphic history#Queensland

1861: Queensland's separation from New South Wales created a position for Superintendent of Telegraphs which was filled by W.J Cracknell, the brother of the New South Wales Superintendent. Tenders were called for a line from Brisbane to the NSW border via Ipswich and Warwick. It was completed to Ipswich in April 1861 and working to the border by November 1861. This connected to a recently completed line from Sydney. Now four colonies were connected: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Lines were pushed out from Brisbane north to Bowen, Rockhampton, reached Port Denison in 1866, and Cardwell in June 1869. Perth was connected the same year.

1872: Connected to England click here via Adelaide / Darwin. Before the telegraph, news and mail could take three months to reach England, the telegraph reduced this to around seven hours. As the telegraph spread provincial and city newspapers published sections by-lined 'by Electric Telegraph'.

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First Railways

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail transport in South East Queensland

 First, Ipswich-Warwick
1865:Ipswich-Grandchester (narrow gauge 106.7cm) first railway line opened with a railway bridge over the Bremer River
1871:Ipswich-Warwick (via Toowoomba)
1881:Ipswich-Stanthorpe (via Toowoomba)
1888:Ipswich-Wallangarra (Qld border) then change trains to wider gauge (143.5cm) and so on to Sydney
1988:One hundred years later, Wallangarra became a terminus when Tenterfield-Wallangarra line stops running
 Second, Brisbane-Ipswich
1875:Roma Street linked up with Ipswich via Indooroopilly Railway Bridge
1882:Roma Street-Sandgate
1888:Roma Street-Petrie
1891:Roma Street-Gympie (and thus to Maryborough) and so on into the north
 Third, South Brisbane-Ipswich and South Brisbane-Beenleigh.
Note, there was to be no railway bridge joining Brisbane and South Brisbane for nearly 100 years.
1884:Woolloongabba-Corinda rail freight link via Dutton Park and so on to Ipswich
Same Year Woolloongabba-Beenleigh
Click here for more info on South Brisbane's rapid development at this time 1880-1890 as Brisbane and South Brisbane's population grew from 37,000 to 100,000. In 1888 South Brisbane became an independent sub-division, the Borough of South Brisbane, having its own town hall. In 1903, their accelerating populations caused both Brisbane and South Brisbane to be reclassified as cities (no longer as towns).
1903:Woolloongabba-Tweed Heads
1964:Beenleigh became a terminus when Southport and Tweed Heads lines stop running
 Fourth, South Brisbane-Sydney
1891:New station built in South Brisbane having a second wider gauge for NSW
1905:Railway line to Sydney started closer to the coastline instead of travelling via Warwick
Ran as a dual gauge alongside parts of the Beenleigh line to Acacia Ridge, changing to a standard (wider) gauge towards Grafton
1930:South Brisbane-Kyogle
1932:South Brisbane-Sydney
1978:New Terminus in Roma Street when Merivale Bridge is finally built with a dual-gauge line
 Lastly, Electric Train Service Brisbane-Gold Coast
2009:Brisbane-Varsity Lakes

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First Bridges

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria Bridge, Brisbane

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William Jolly Bridge (Grey Street)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter Taylor Bridge (Indooroopilly)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story Bridge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges (Gateway)

1865:First was a temporary wooden bridge built between Brisbane and South Brisbane (that used tolls) while Victoria Bridge was being built.
Awkwardly in 1866, the Bank of Queensland which was financing the loan to the town council for the bridge, failed, and work stopped for a time. See section 5.2 on page 18 for more info on this bank. This wooden bridge, weakened by marine borers, then collapsed when a heavy load was crossing it at high tide and it closed in 1867.
1874:Then, Victoria Bridge built (privately financed, with tolls to 1877).
1875:Indooroopilly Railway Bridge (Albert Bridge)
1876:Victoria Bridge taken over by Qld Govt in 1876.
1885:Leased by the government to private company who provided a horse-drawn tram service. Eighteen tramcars imported from America. In the words of the "Brisbane Courier" of the day they "are constructed of cedar and mahogany, highly polished, and are fitted with all the latest improvements. They are mounted on steel springs, making the motion almost imperceptible." Drawn by two horses, the single deck cars seat 16 passengers and the double deckers 40. Six and a half miles of double track constructed from Woolloongabba to Breakfast Creek with branches to the Exhibition Building and to New Farm.

Photo of Victoria Bridge 1890
with these Horse-Drawn Trams

Click here for a larger picture

1893:Bridge demolished in 1893 floods. Temporary bridge rebuilt. Swept away again in 1896 after another deluge.
1897:Second, more permanent Bridge built. Included in the rebuilding, an electric tram service.

Photo of Victoria Bridge (circa 1906)

Click here for a larger picture

1932:William Jolly (Grey Street) Bridge built.
1936:Walter Taylor (Indooroopilly) Bridge. Tolls until 1960's.
1940:Story Bridge built.
1969:Victoria Bridge rebuilt (yet again).
1986:Gateway Bridge built (with tolls).

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First Ekka


The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) was established in 1875 with Governor Sir William Cairns as its President. Bowen Park was chosen in January 1876 as the site for the first Show. The 'Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876', held from August 22-26 proved a great success. A public holiday was declared and an estimated 15,000-17,000 people attended the opening day - a great feat at a time when the total population of Brisbane was just 20,600.

The RNA Showgrounds now become the centre of the city's social activities-musical and drama groups, football, cricket, lacrosse, athletics and cycling all had headquarters on grounds. In 1887, the Main Pavilion (corner of Bowen Bridge Road and Gregory Terrace) was destroyed by fire. In 1891, it was replaced with a new brick building, containing 1,300,000 bricks and completed in 23 weeks. 300 men were constantly at work during its construction. This building was equipped with a huge pipe organ by Wallis and Co of London, though it was later moved to the Brisbane City Hall after its completion in 1930.

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First Electric Lighting

http://www.itee.uq.edu.au /pes/early-electricity-usage-brisbane

http://www.qldenergy exhibitioncentre.com/1880s.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /History of electricity supply in Queensland

Early in 1882, electric lighting (using a DC steam-engine powered dynamo) was installed in Sutton's Foundry on the corner of Adelaide Street and Isles Lane in Brisbane.
In December that year a large crowd gathered near Victoria Bridge to witness the first demonstration of public street lighting. Eight arc lamps were positioned between Eagle Street and Victoria Bridge. The lights were powered by a 10 hp (7½ kW) dynamo situated in Sutton’s Foundry. Several Queen Street shop windows were also lit by electric light as part of their Christmas decorations. In 1883, lighting was installed at the Govt Printing Office, and in 1884 at The Brisbane Courier.

Note, the only cities in the world that had similar (built in 1882) installations were New York and London.

In 1886, the laying of underground cable between Parliament House and the Govt Printing Office was done by E.C. Barton, who formed a company with C.F. White and in 1888 built a power house in Edison Lane behind the Post Office with a generating capacity of 30 kW.
Barton and White thus became the first Electricity Supplier in Australia with the Brisbane Post Office their first customer. Adjoining shops were supplied by overhead wires, becoming the first non-government customers.

In 1914 E.C. Barton converted his company, now called Central Electric Lighting (CEL), from DC to AC.

After World War One, electricity supplies proliferated nationwide. In 1977 CEL became SEQEB, in 1997 Energex.

This year saw the formation of the National Electricity Market
and a number of Qld Government Owned Corporations (GOCs).

  1. CS Energy and Stanwell Corporation to oversee all generator sites in Queensland

  2. Powerlink Queensland to oversee all high-voltage transmission infrastructure

  3. Energex and Ergon Energy to oversee all end-user emergency issues (including fallen powerlines) reporting

Retailing of electricity supply Australia-wide is now managed by private corporations, the two largest retailers becoming Sydney-based companies Origin Energy (previously known as Boral) and AGL Energy.

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Electric Tram Lines

http://www.brisbanetramway museum.org/morwoodtrams.php

http://espace.library.uq.edu.au /eserv/UQ:207895/s18378366 1944 3 3 209.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trams in Brisbane

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Brisbane Transport

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1912 Brisbane general strike

1897:Private company. First electric tram runs along Stanley Street South Brisbane on June 21 with service to Queen Street coming 12 days later. Over the next 25 years tram lines extend to Toowong and Kedron north of the river, Dutton Park and Greenslopes south of the river, with Mr Badger, the company owner, inaugurating band concerts and picture show outings on summer evenings.
1912:General Strike called in Brisbane on 30th January after Mr Badger had refused tram workers the right to wear their union badges to work and dismissed the workers who refused to comply. Escalated rapidly with 25,000 workers marching through Brisbane on 31st January in protest. Within a few days the Strike Committee became an alternative government, with State Government departments and private employers needing the Strike Committee's permission to carry out any work. Lasted five weeks. The conservative Denham State Government immediately won an ensuing election on a "Law and Order" platform and passed the Industrial Peace Act of 1912 that ushered in compulsory arbitration specifically to deter strikes in essential services. Employees of the tramway company who struck were sacked with the tramway company refusing to ever re-hire the workers. Yes, a standoff with everyone pretty cranky.
1922Qld State Government oversees purchasing of the company with its infrastructure for just over £1,000,000, and then reinstates these sacked workers.
1925:As mentioned previously, the Qld Government now formed the Brisbane City Council amalgamating the two cities Brisbane and South Brisbane, six towns — Toowong Ithaca (i.e.Paddington and Red Hill) Windsor Hamilton Sandgate and Wynnum, nine shires — Moggill Taringa Enoggera Kedron Toombul north of the river, Balmoral Belmont Coorparoo Stephens (i.e.Annerley) south of the river as well as part of the shires of Yeerongpilly and Tingalpa.
Citywide electric Tram services greatly expanded. Interestingly, badges on tram and then bus uniforms — the cause of the strike — were forbidden and were to remain forbidden until 1980.
1926:Extended to Holland Park.
1951:To Mt Gravatt.

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Free Primary Schools - Brisbane Normal School

http://education.qld.gov.au/library /docs/edhistory/stateedu.pdf

It was NSW Governor Fitzroy who set up the National Education Board in Sydney in 1848. Apparently a lot of what he did was based on the multi-denominational National Schools in Ireland (set up in 1831), and he brought out a large number of Irish readers (there not being any Australian reading books printed at the time) .

Click here, re our first Queensland readers.

In early 1860, the Board opened the Brisbane National School in Adelaide Street in a new building close to what is now Anzac Square. The first Headmaster was John Rendall and on the opening day the attendance was 50 boys and 8 girls. It was conducted as a mixed school until 14 August 1860 when the girl pupils were (temporarily) moved.

On that day the Brisbane Central Girls' School was opened as the girls and infants department under the Headmistress Margaret Berry. This school was first held in an old wooden chapel situated at the corner of Ann and Creek Streets. In December 1862, the school moved back to that building in Adelaide Street.
At that time, the Boys School — now also known as Brisbane Normal School with a training school for teachers — moved next door to a new building on the corner of Adelaide and Edward Streets.

In 1870, fees to these new national schools were abolished. While there seems to have been little regularity in the amount (or collection) of these fees, their collection (which could be as high as one shilling per week per child) seems to have also encouraged irregularity of attendance.

In 1875, the same year as England, primary education for children was made compulsory from ages 6 to 12. The year in which you turned 6 then generally became Grade 1, and the year you turned 13 generally became Grade 8, though children could be one year older. Note too, this compulsory provision was not fully implemented until 1900.

Current Queensland laws now require you to be at school until you complete Grade 10 or turn 16, whichever comes sooner.

Free Secondary Schools - Brisbane State High School

Brisbane State High School has its foundations in 1913 when headmasters in various metropolitan state schools were asked to nominate 76 boys and girls for free admission to a Brisbane Central Technical College — along with a further 70 paying students — who thus made up its first year's enrolment.

Marianne Bryden, an educationist with many years experience, was supervisor for three years. Classrooms were provided at the Brisbane School of Arts in Ann Street for one year, then the expanding college moved into the buildings (finally finished) at lower George Street near the Botanical Gardens.

On 1 January 1920, the Brisbane Central Secondary School was established at Brisbane Normal School in Adelaide Street with Isaac Waddle as headmaster. It combined the secondary departments of the Brisbane Central Boys School and the Brisbane Central Girls school. The scope of its instruction though was limited to studies necessary for the Junior Public Examination. During the year, the name was changed to Brisbane Junior State High School.

In 1921 it took over administering the high school classes at the Technical College, also amalgamating the High School Department at Wynnum State School. It now reconstituted as the Brisbane State High School, having its curriculum extended to include Senior Public Examination and Matriculation subjects. In 1925, with a new building now finished, it shifted to its current site in Musgrave Street, South Brisbane.

In 1927 the Brisbane Normal School (Adelaide Street) closed for demolition. All of its primary teachers and students were now at Leichhardt Street State School, built back in 1875. The Leichhardt Street school also took over the Normal School's role of training teachers, becoming unofficially known as the Central Practising School. In 1954, the school was officially renamed as Brisbane Central State School.

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Swimming - Brisbane's Fortitude Valley Pool

The Valley Pool is the home of the powerhouse Commercial Swimming Club (founded 1903) that spawned Kieren Perkins, Libby Trickett, Susie O’Neill, Hayley Lewis, Samantha Riley and many other Olympians.

Click here for an interview with two of its recent members: Bronte and Cate Campbell — currently ranked number one and three in the world in the 100m freestyle, and one and two in the 50m freestyle.

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Population Growth Brisbane Metropolitan area

1859:   6,000
1881:  37,000
1891: 100,000
1921: 200,000
1933: 300,000
1947: 400,000
1954: 500,000
1961: 600,000
1971: 700,000
1986: 700,000 still
1996: 800,000
2002: 900,000
2012: just over 1 million (est.)

Further Background

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