North Quay, Brisbane
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North Quay is a location in the Brisbane central business district and the name of street in the same area, running along the Brisbane River from an intersection near Makerston Street to the top of the Queen Street.
The location has a historical record in Queensland because it was a landing point during the first European exploration of the river in 1823 and later in 1825, the Moreton Bay penal colony at Redcliffe relocated here, establishing the first permanent European settlement in what was to become the state of Queensland. Captain Henry Miller was responsible for the settlement transfer, which was due to unfriendly aborigines, biting insects and a lack of reliable fresh water at Redcliffe. Although North Quay is most likely not the exact location selected by John Oxley and Sir Thomas Brisbane during scouting expeditions in November 1824, the high banks at North Quay proved to be highly suitable, well above the flood levels that plagued Brisbane in subsequent years.
The road can be congested on week days with traffic from Coronation Drive using part of the street to enter the city. The road also feeds traffic onto the Riverside Expressway, one end of the Pacific Motorway.
Towards the southerly end of the street traffic is restricted to bus only. This is where the Commonwealth Law Courts building is located, close to Brisbane Square. North Quay then leads into William Street and the government precinct further south along the river.
North Quay has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Sections of Albert St, George St, William St, North Quay, Queen's Wharf Rd: Early Streets of Brisbane
- Coronation Drive: Coronation Drive retaining wall
- Queen Street
- Adelaide Street
- Ann Street
- Riverside Expressway
- Turbot Street
- Tank Terrace
- Herschel Street
- Makerston Street
- Saul Street / William Jolly Bridge
- Hadwen, Ian; Janet Hogan; Carolyn Nolan (2005). Brisbane's historic North Bank 1825 - 2005. Brisbane: Royal Historical Society of Queensland. pp. 1–2. ISBN 0-9757615-0-1.
- "Early Streets of Brisbane (entry 31551)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "Coronation Drive (North Quay) Retaining Wall (entry 14909)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
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