New Farm Park
|New Farm Park|
Sign in New Farm Park.
|Location||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Area||15 hectares (37 acres)|
|Status||Open all year|
New Farm Park is a public park located in the suburb of New Farm, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The park covers 15 hectares (37 acres) and is situated at the south-eastern end of the New Farm peninsula on a bend in the Brisbane River. The Powerhouse arts centre is located at the eastern end of the park.
The area was dotted by lagoons and waterholes which the Aboriginals named Binkin-ba, meaning "place of the land tortoise".
The land that the park now stands on was originally a farm, built to supply food for the recently founded convict settlement on the Brisbane River. A racecourse was built on the site in 1846, which operated until 1913, when the land for the park was acquired by the Brisbane City Council. Because of World War I the official opening of the park, which was conducted by Hamilton Goold-Adams, was delayed until July 1919.
The rotunda was built in 1915. It was part of the formal park work began by the Brisbane City Council in 1914. Other facilities included a croquet lawn, picnic areas, cricket wickets, tennis courts and football grounds.
During the late 1990s a kiosk was based in New Farm Park. The kiosk was a popular meeting point for weekend breakfasts and won many awards. However during 2000 the kiosk was destroyed by fire and has yet to be rebuilt.
- "New Farm - Brisbane Tourist Guide". e-CBD. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. "New Farm Park". Government of Queensland. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Gregory, Helen; Dianne Mclay (2010). Building Brisbane's History: Structure, Sculptures, Stories and Secrets. Warriewood, New South Wales: Woodslane Press. pp. 158—160. ISBN 9781921606199.
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