My memory of Brisbane was...
My memory of Brisbane was mostly the world Expo. I saw the Dutchess of York, Sara Fergason, rode on a hovercraft on the river in Brisbane at the Expo and thought I would never see my luggage again. I had been on two flights that day. One flight was on its way to Hongkong and the other onto Europe. I finally got my suitcases delivered to my room the next day by Quantas Airlines. They had got stuck in Sydney.
pay a visit to the AUSTRALIAN...
pay a visit to the AUSTRALIAN WOOLSHED to see how an Australian farm is being runned.
Some things you ought to do when you're at the Australian Woolshed include: catching the awesome Ram show, gushing down some fine Australian Billy Tea and delicious Damper Bread (yeah, eat them with butter and syrup... Oooh, yummy!).
Haven't tried Billy Tea and typical Aussie Damper Bread? Hey man, how's YOUR chance!
Have I mentioned that the...
Have I mentioned that the Australians are one of the friendliest people on this planet?? Animals included (see pic below). :-))
Yes, they really are! If you want to feeel really at home here... just dress like them (read: casual attire)... Guzzle down loads of beer like them... (they ARE Australians after all... and as we all know, Australians LOVE to drink beer!)... and well... generally look perplexed at folks who seem to rush around with a load of burdens on their backs. *Grin* Aussies are known to be a pretty laid back group of folks. (Love this kind of attitude!).
Anyhow, I'm sure you get the picture of how friendly these Aussie(s) CAN be! :-)
Mayne Family History and Mystery
"The Mayne Inheritance", written about the Brisbane Mayne family, deals with the allegations that the founding member, Patrick, murdered a man, and someone else was hanged for it. He is said to have made a deathbed confession in 1865, and there was rumour and unease about him during his life, due to suspicions about the murder, accusations of insanity, and his reputation as a depraved bully.
The poor Irish butcher, emigrated to Australia, and went on to become of the wealthiest men in the country during the 19th Century.
The story goes that a timber-getter named Cox drank at the Bull Inn pub, and was known to have money. 3 butchers, one of whom was Mayne, are said to have come to the pub in search of him one night - and were told he was drunk and gone home. Early the next morning, Cox's mutilated body was found on the banks of the river. His head had been severed from his body - and was placed propped up as if looking at the river. His "entrails" were later found adorning cheeses in a well at the back of the hotel! Mayne was never questioned about the murder, and the hotel cook was hanged for the evil deed.
I guess it was the cheese discovery that stitched him up!
By chance, Mayne turned up a year or so later, with exactly the amount of money known to have been stolen from the hapless Cox, and set up a butchery in Queen Street. Every 10 shillings profit was put into buying up CBD land, until he owned major holdings.
The family was always shunned, due to the rumours, and, despite good deeds by his youngest children, James and Emelia, as very generous benefactors, the family is largely not acknowledge or honoured for these subsequent acts. He had 6 children, and none married. They all suffered, at least socially, for the murder allegedly commited by their father, through their lives. Conscience may have been a reason for their generosity.
Land for the St Lucia University of QLD was later donated by the family, and Brisbane Arcade (separate tip) is another example of Mayne holdings, which were bequeathed.
HISTORIC TOOWONG CEMETERY - BRISBANE
Toowong cemetery is Queenslands largest cemetery. It is located on the slopes of Mount Coot-tha, near the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the Brisbane Forest Park.
This cemetery is historic and has quite a few interesting & important people buried here. They do have signs with details infront of these graves, unfortunately, they have faded badly, and were very hard for me to read, some I could not even decipher!
Opening in 1875, some burials took place from 1871, the most notable being Queensland's second governor, Colonel Samuel Blackall.
There are quite a few different walks that you can do. We drove our car in, you can drive around the whole cemetery, it is huge. This is the best way to go, then just stop when you see something of interest. The most important sites, are high on the hill, and the road will take you to them, something I found out after climbing an extremely steep hill!!!
Check out the website if interested in more details.
LOCATION....Cnr Frederick Street and Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
I haven't done this, but there are ghost tours available....
$55.00 pp (includes book); $35.00 pp (adults);
When: 7.30pm - every Saturday evening
Meeting Place : Main Gates Toowong Cemetery, Toowong
Duration: 2 hours
Tour Type: Walking Tour