George Street, Brisbane

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George Street
Queensland
George Street from Queen Street intersection, Brisbane, Australia.jpg
George Street from Queen Street intersection
Coordinates 27°28′14″S 153°01′23″E / 27.470453°S 153.023058°E / -27.470453; 153.023058Coordinates: 27°28′14″S 153°01′23″E / 27.470453°S 153.023058°E / -27.470453; 153.023058
General information
Type Street
Location Brisbane

George Street is a main street located in the Brisbane CBD in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. A major thoroughfare, George Street connects to the Queensland University of Technology as well as the state Botanical Gardens, to the commercial centre of Brisbane, Queen Street and Queen Street Mall.

The State Parliament House building for the state of Queensland and Brisbane Square, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law and the State Law Building are found on the street. Queens Gardens, Treasury Building, Lands Administration Building and The Mansions are all located on George Street. Other office towers built on George Street include 111 George Street, 275 George Street and 400 George Street. At the northern end is the Roma Street railway station.

History[edit]

George Street in 1889.

George Street as well as Queen Street, Wickham Street and the area known as Petrie Bight were unsealed and often dusty before 1899.[1] In 1897, the North Brisbane Council held an election on whether a loan should be raised so the streets could be woodblocked. Agreement was given after a close decision by only a third of registered voters, however the results were limited as the surface was very slippery during the rain and buckled during heavy rains.[1]

The first private residence in Brisbane, a weatherboard, low-ceilinged cottage, was built on George Street.[2] The building remained intact into the 1880s but like similar early houses in the central business district they have been demolished and the land redeveloped.[2]

In 1911, Queensland belatedly established its first university in the Old Government House at the end of George Street.[3] By the late 1930s the university outgrew this site, moving its main campus to St Lucia.[4]

Heritage sites[edit]

George Street has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Lost heritage[edit]

Bellevue Hotel, 1933

The Bellevue Hotel stood on the western corner of George and Alice Streets. Built in c. 1885, it served for many years as Brisbane's premier hotel. Without any prior public announcement, the Queensland Government demolished the building overnight on 20 April 1979.[22]

Gallery[edit]

Major intersections[edit]

See also[edit]

Australian Roads portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hacker, D. R. (1999). Petries Bight: a Slice of Brisbane History. Bowen Hills, Queensland: Queensland Women's Historical Association Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-9590271-8-1. 
  2. ^ a b Hogan, Janet (1982). Living History of Brisbane. Spring Hill, Queensland: Boolarang Publications. p. 26. ISBN 0-908175-41-8. 
  3. ^ "History of UQ". University of Queensland. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Readshaw, Grahame; Ronald Wood (1987). Looking up looking back at old Brisbane. Bowen Hills, Queensland: Boolarong Publications. p. 62. ISBN 0-86439-032-7. 
  5. ^ "Brisbane Central Technical College (former) (entry 601728)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Old Government House (entry 600118)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Queensland Club (entry 600113)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Mansions (entry 600119)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Harris Terrace (entry 600121)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Government Printing Office (former) (entry 600114)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Land Administration Building (entry 600123)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "First World War Honour Board (entry 600117)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Queens Gardens (entry 600112)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Family Services Building (entry 600111)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Treasury Hotel (entry 600115)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Treasury Chambers & St Francis House & Symons Building (entry 600116)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "BAFS Building (entry 601825)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "McDonnell & East Ltd Building (entry 600120)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Transcontinental Hotel (entry 600122)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Early Streets of Brisbane (entry 700011)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Parliament House (entry 600069)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Heritage lost - gone but not forgotten". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

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