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    PUBLIC ART - "THE GUARDIAN"

    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2013

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    'The Guardian' BY Cezary Stulgis in 2008 is a funny looking creature!

    This is a 6 foot tall wolf-man statue is dressed in a long overcoaat and has boots on. There is a square cutout where his organs should be, 'The Guardian' looks a little sinister as he stands on the corner watching everybody going about their daily routines.
    Different!

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    BRISBANE TREE TRAIL

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    Being a keen gardener, I found this trail interesting, so I thought that you may, as you might like to know the different varieties of Trees that we grow in Queensland.
    The added plus, you have a good look at Brisbane at the same time!

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    REFLECTIONS OF THE RIVER - STOP 10

    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2013

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    THE QUEENSLAND CLUB

    This is a really lovely building, containing 41 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a clubroom, dining room, billiard room, smoking room and various kitchens and servants’ rooms. It is painted white and has plenty of greenery surrounding it.
    The Queensland Club was based on British "Gentleman's Clubs." Established in 1859 for men of common interest and socio-economic backgrounds, it attracted gentry, politicians, business and professional men. Building was begun in 1882 and the Club opened in 1884,

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    REFLECTIONS OF THE RIVER - STOP 8

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    CONVICT BUILT COMMISSARIAT STORE

    The Commissariat Store is a Museum of historical interest as it was constructed by convict labour under the direction of the colony's Commandant, Captain Logan. The building was erected with Brisbane tuff [porous rock] taken from a quarry at Kangaroo Point. The Commissariat Store was built with convict labour, starting in 1828 and continuring until it was completed in 1829. In 1913, the top brick storey was added and the roof refixed.

    The riverside site of the stores is located on what was a gateway to the "infant colony." Prisoners and guards disembarking would make their way past the building to reach the other buildings of the settlement.
    This section of the stores is the second oldest building in Queensland.

    It now belongs to the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and is a Museum. On each floor of the Commissariat Store there are exhibitions. You can see what is on at your time of visit by looking at the website.
    Volunteer guides are available Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm to guide visitors and groups through the museum.

    The area it is located is known as the "Birthplace of Queensland"

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    REFLECTIONS OF THE RIVER - STOP 7

    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2013

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    HARRIS TERRACES

    Located next to the beautiful George street Mansions, these are not quite as impressive. They are named after local businessman and parliamentarian George Harris, who had this row of attached houses built in 1867. As Parliament House was nearby, these houses were leased by Professionals and Members of Parliament. In 1958 it was purchased by the Queensland Government for use as office space and was restored to its original appearance in 1985.

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    REFLECTIONS OF THE RIVER - STOP 6

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    HISTORICAL GEORGE STREET MANSIONS

    I loved these Mansions! Built in 1889, this another of minority in Brisbane that have gargoyles, these being cat gargoyles on the corners of the parapet. The Mansions are a row of six, three story high American Romanesque style Terrace houses with some history attached to them. They are different to others, as instead of lovey iron lacework typical of Australian terraces, limestone has been used. There are other italianate features, brick chimneys, and it is fenced and gated.

    In the early days, these Mansions attracted the wealthier members of Brisbane society as tenants, and still today, the shops are very upmarket.
    An early resident of “The Mansions” was Dr. Lillian Cooper, who was Queensland’s first female doctor and Australia’s first female surgeon.
    After World War I the building became a rooming house and in 1954 was bought by the Government of Queensland to be used as offices.

    You can enter the mansions for free as they now are shops and restaurants.
    OPEN..Monday to Friday - 10 - 4PM

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    REFLECTIONS OF THE RIVER - STOP 5

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    THE BRISBANE SYNAGOGUE [ 1906]

    The Synagogue looked liked it had been squeezed between two tall buildings, but this wasn't the case, the new buildings were built after the Synagogue.
    It belongs to the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation who used to worship where-ever they could before it was built. Eventually, they decided to build a place of worship, but what style to build? An architectural competition was put in place, a winner found, and the building was started, being completed in 1886. The stained glass windows were added just prior to the congregation’s centenary. Many of these were memorials to family members murdered during the WW Holocaust.

    Don't expect it to be open, as like most Churches in Australia, the doors are kept locked except on days of worship.

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    REFLECTIONS OF THE RIVER - STOP 3

    by balhannah Updated Feb 20, 2013

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    NALDHAM HOUSE

    We are now in the Eagle street area of Brisbane and it's here where the Heritage listed Naldham House is. This building is now the home to the elite Brisbane Polo club.

    It was originally the home of the Australian United Steamship Navigation Company in 1889. This building is a good example of Australian colonial architecture. It has a lovely Cupola, and I believe you can wander inside even though it is a club (I didn't), its meant to be quite nice, with still the original staircase.
    Located beside it is an information sign on the details of the building, and on the side of the building are flood markers showing the record high of 1893.

    The area around here had the interesting name of Frog’s Hollow. It was a swampy area full of warehouses, engineering works, foundrys, mercantile agencies, brothels, hotels, boarding houses, and residences, all adjacent to busy wharves, a ferry terminal and the Botanic Gardens, one of few recreational spaces of the time.
    People were mixed together just like the buildings were. Tradesmen, merchants, stevedores, shopgirls, labourers, sailors and prostitutes all were in this one area.
    It must have been quite a sight!

    My photo isn't the best, found it hard to get one, as there are so many trees surrounding Naldham House.

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    REFLECTIONS ON THE RIVER HERITAGE TRAIL

    by balhannah Written Feb 20, 2013

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    This is another heritage trail only this one takes in the sights along Brisbane's CBD waterfront.
    Lots of the buildings can only be viewed from the outside.

    So lets begin the walk. We have good walking shoes on, a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

    The walk begins in Queen Street at the lovely old Custom's House, a building you won't miss because of the large copper dome.
    Years ago, Brisbane relied heavily on shipping. Timber and wool exported and manufactured goods and foodstuffs were imported. The colonial government imposed taxes on this trade from as
    early as 1846. In 1889, the impressive copper-domed Customs House with grand facades was opened. In the 20th century, the Customs House closed. Now the University of Queensland uses it as a functions centre and art gallery. Evidently, it has a stunning ballroom.
    The Customs House is open seven days from 9am.

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    PUBLIC ART TRAIL - CULTURAL HERITAGE

    by balhannah Written Feb 16, 2013

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    The Cultural Heritage Trail is a 1.3 kilometre walk through the city’s historic plazas and squares.
    The walk begins at King George Square and finishes at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Elizabeth Street.
    On the walk are memorials, contemporary artworks, monuments and historic pieces which commemorate Brisbane’s history or depict historical figures or events.
    Once again, either pick up a map from the Tourist Information centre or look at one on the "net'

    We begin at the City Hall.

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    PUBLIC ART TRAIL OF ARCHITECTURE & CONTEMPORY ART

    by balhannah Written Feb 16, 2013

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    The many times I have walked around Brisbane, I have noticed quite a few pieces of public art. What I didn't realize, is there's a Trail to follow. I imagine the Information centre would have a brochure, if not, you can view it on the net.
    The estimated time to walk the 1.8km trail from the Kurilpa Bridge through the north quarter of the city, via Reddacliff Place and Queen Street Mall or Burnett Lane and along Albert Street towards the Botanic Gardens, is 1 hour.
    Next time I am in Brisbane, I will walk the whole trail.

    The first sculpture I saw, was "no 9" on the trail. The sculptures are known as 'STEAM'
    These sphere-shaped sculptures of various size are located in Brisbane Square which is surrounded by offices. An indoor/outdoor Cafe opens onto the square. You could say they look like giant marbles that have been left where they stopped rolling!
    At night, the spheres are internally lit to illuminate the artwork and plaza space.
    They were made in 2006, from fabricated aluminium colanders welded together. The artist was Donna Marcu.

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    ALBERT STREET UNITING CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    The Albert Street Church is a very popular church for weddings, when you see it, you will understand why. It is a heritage-listed building, listed as 'an excellent example of a Victorian Gothic Revival church, climatically adapted with side colonnades and front porch; and internally a good example of the major attributes of the Methodist tradition'.

    The stained glassed windows are said to include six believed to be from the second Albert Street Church completed in 1856. In addition, several original leadlight windows fitted when the present church was built in 1889 still remain. Memorial stained glass windows have been added over time.
    Among the memorial windows is a set of nine commemorating RAAF aircrew lost during World War II, including the late Reverend H M Wheller's son, Douglas.
    The Church's centenary in 1989 is commemorated by a panel in the large southern gallery window symbolising Jesus Christ overlooking the Church, its people and the City of Brisbane.
    One lovely Church!

    Worship Times:
    Sunday : 9:00 AM
    Sunday : 11:00 AM
    Sunday : 6:30 PM
    Friday : 1:15 PM

    Albert Street Church is open daily from Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 2.00pm for prayer and reflection. All are welcome!
    ADMISSION IS FREE.....DONATIONS ARE WELCOME

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    Under Brisbane's Riverside Expressway

    by tropicrd Written Oct 1, 2012

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    Wow! after I strolled over the Goodwill bridge I visited the Botanic Gardens and came back this way to walk along under the Riverside Expressway.

    What a fascinating walk and a favorite place for joggers.
    The walk takes you from Goodwill Bridge on the city side(Queens wharf road) to all along the Brisbane River to where ever? I walked up as far as the Victoria Bridge and found many things that interested me.

    It was an amazing feeling knowing that traffic was moving overhead,and that mangroves were growing under the bridge and along the banks of the river.Some signs of the Brisbane 2011 floods were evident such as a twisted traffic sign in the water (refer to my photo).

    You need to watch out for the joggers and the cyclists because they do move fast.

    If you want to do something a bit different then I suggest this walk.

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    The pedestrian Goodwill Bridge

    by tropicrd Written Sep 29, 2012

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    I loved this bridge just for pedestrians and cyclists,the views up/down the Brisbane river are simply the best. It has viewing platforms along the way with the most strategic points to take photo's of points of interest.

    It is an easy bridge to stroll over and is suitable for those who are disabled and or in a wheelchair.

    Watching the water craft zig zagging across the Brisbane river demonstrated the busy activity of the city and surrounding areas along the river.

    The joggers and speed walkers were out and about when I was there in August 2012,they all had a purpose to keep fit and what a wonderful area to do so.

    I walked across from Southbank to the other side and headed off to see the City Botanic Gardens which is another story.

    I hope you enjoy this experience on this bridge as much as I did,it is a photographers dream.

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    Wilson Outlook Reserve

    by leffe3 Written Sep 17, 2012

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    A great spot for views of Story Bridge with the city behind it is Wilson Outlook Reserve on the New Farm/Fortitude Valley boundaries. But it will also give great views in the other direction - down river.

    From the Reserve, you can walk under the bridge and all the way along the river bank to the Botanic Gardens and the next bend in the Brisbane River - past the Customs House and past many pathways that can take you directly into the CBD.

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