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Old and New Brisbane: 2 sets of eight views each Left views- Brisbane in 1860. Right views-Brisbane in 1886, 1860 - 1866

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3085E/46

Scope and Contents

Prints A and B are attached to one another, C-H are generally in fair condition. The photographs illustrate the substantial development that had taken place during the interval. They were possibly taken by Percy Ricardo who exhibited photographs of Brisbane at the Colonial and Indian Exhibitions of 1858, 1862 and 1885 (Class 5 No. 21).

C (i) The town in 1860
225 x 170 mm. Looking towards the river. Little industry is apparent, although the area is starting to be built up

C (ii) The town in 1886
225 x 180 mm. A view from the same place. Substantial building has taken place in the interim. Saint Stephen’s Cathedral (see Y3085E/13) can be seen in the centre of the picture.

D (i) The town in 1860
220 x 170 mm. The photograph shows a thriving community, but without evidence of industrialisation. Many of the houses, down to the river banks, have fields attached to them. Government House is visible in the distance on the right, but the Government Buildings have not yet been erected (work was started on these buildings in 1865).

D (ii) The town in 1886
230 x 175 mm. Recognisably a city centre, with many commercial buildings, and houses tightly packed. The Government buildings can be seen to the right of Government House, with the Botanical Gardens to the left.

E (i) The town in 1860
225 x 170 mm. View continuing from the right hand edge of previous photograph shows limit of settlement.

E (ii) The town in 1886
230 x 175 mm. The same view shows the continuing expansion of the city westwards, towards the coast. The Victoria Bridge (built in 1875, see Y3085C/5) can be seen at the extreme right, with the Supreme Court in front (see Y3085E/3).

F (i) The town in 1860
225 x 170 mm. Continuing the previous picture, with fairly sparse population along the river bank.

F (ii) The town in 1886
225 x 180 mm. All the unoccupied land of the previous picture has been utilized. The Victoria Bridge and Supreme Court can still be seen in the photograph.

G (i) The town in 1860
225 x 170 mm. This photograph shows the curve in the river where the Jolly Bridge now stands, at that time fairly sparsely populated with homesteads.

G (ii) The town in 1886
225 x 180 mm. Although substantial building has taken place, the area is becoming less crowded as the limits of the city are reached.

H (i)
The town in 1860
225 x 170 mm. A view slightly to the West of the previous photograph, with the river at the left of the picture. Showing few houses or buildings of appreciable size.

H (ii) The town in 1886
225 x 180 mm. A main road runs across what was scrub in the previous picture, with the Railway Station, opened in 1875, beyond that.


  • Creation: 1860 - 1866

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16 item(s) (16 images)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

fair condition

Finding aid date

2015-05-22 16:59:09+00:00

Includes index.

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