Bellevue Hotel, Brisbane

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Bellevue Hotel, 1933

The Bellevue Hotel was a hotel on the western corner of George and Alice Streets, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Once Brisbane's premier hotel, it was demolished in 1979 despite considerable public objection. In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, the demolition of the Bellevue Hotel was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as a "Defining Moment".[1]


The Bellevue Hotel was built in 1885-6, and served for many years as Brisbane's premiere hotel. Being across the road from the Queensland Parliament House, it was used by many politicians. In 1967, the Queensland Government purchased the hotel which a view to demolishing it to create modern buildings for the Queensland Public Service, but there was considerable public objection, and the building stood abandoned for many years while its future was debated. In 1973, the Builders Labourers Federation placed a green ban on the site;[2] despite this, the Queensland Government removed the verandas in 1974. Without any prior public announcement, the building was successfully demolished overnight on 20 April 1979 by the Deen Brothers, whose motto is "All we leave behind are the memories".[3] The public outrage over the demolition eventually led to legislation to protect Queensland's heritage, enacted in 1992.[4]


  1. ^ Bligh, Anna (10 June 2009). "PREMIER UNVEILS QUEENSLAND'S 150 ICONS". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 24 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  2. ^ Burgmann, Verity and Meredith (1998). Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation. p. 52.
  3. ^ Kieza, Grantlee (1 December 2016). "The Belle Vue Hotel: The night Brisbane was left crushed". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Heritage lost - gone but not forgotten". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2015.

Coordinates: 27°28′29″S 153°01′37″E / 27.4747°S 153.0270°E / -27.4747; 153.0270

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