New Farm Park

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New Farm Park
New Farm Park sign.jpg
Sign in New Farm Park.
Type Urban park
Location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 27°28′08″S 153°03′04″E / 27.469°S 153.051°E / -27.469; 153.051Coordinates: 27°28′08″S 153°03′04″E / 27.469°S 153.051°E / -27.469; 153.051
Area 15 hectares (37 acres)[1]
Created 1914 (1914)[2]
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.[1] 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".[3]

History[edit]

The gate

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.[3]

The rotunda was built in 1915.[3] 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.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Farm - Brisbane Tourist Guide". e-CBD. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. "New Farm Park". Government of Queensland. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d 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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