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New Heritage Trails celebrate Brisbane’s past

14 July, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is bringing Brisbane’s history to life with the launch of three exciting new Heritage trails called “Amble about Albion”, “Eye on Indooroopilly”, and “Gallivant Through Ascot and Hamilton”.

The Lord Mayor said the new self-guided trails offered residents and visitors the opportunity to uncover more of the city’s rich suburban history in all-digital online guides.

“These new Heritage Trails highlight important historic sites, colourful stories and infamous events that have shaped our suburbs,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Amble about Albion trail touches on the establishment of the first hotel in the 1860s, the coming of industry, the important war-time activity centred in Albion and the commercial history of the intact historic streetscape along Sandgate Road.

“Eye on Indooroopilly includes the early settlement of the suburb when Brisbane’s well-to-do built stately homes on large estates, the extension of the rail-line and the construction of Albert Bridge, the impact of the 1893 flood on the fledgling suburb, Indooroopilly’s important war memorials and the transformation of the suburb’s centre with the coming of the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre in the 1970s.

“The Gallivant Through Ascot and Hamilton trail explores the establishment of the racecourse, the suburb’s important contribution to the war effort during World War II, entertainment at the Tivoli Gardens Theatre and some of Brisbane’s most beautiful and historic homes.

“Best of all, residents can experience these Heritage Trails at their own pace with family and friends. Simply visit Council’s website and search ‘heritage trails’ to download the free guide brochures.”

The heritage trail information will also appear on promotional postcards available at local libraries, with QR codes that link to the online trail brochures.

Cr Quirk said the three new guides boost the number of Council’s Heritage Trail experiences available to 10, joining the existing guides through the City Centre, Fortitude Valley, Rosalie, South Brisbane, Milton, Bulimba and the Brisbane River.

“We hope to foster an appreciation of our city’s history by continuing to develop these heritage trails,” he said.

“Our historic built environment – from the grand buildings of the CBD to shops, schools, churches, factories and dwellings in our suburban neighbourhoods – make up a rich cultural landscape and help define the character of our city.”

For more information on Brisbane City Council’s Heritage Trails call Council on 07 3403 8888, or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/heritagetrails. Page 1 of 2





Amble About Albion
The Amble About Albion Heritage Trail begins at the Albion Hotel on Sandgate Road. It then passes the former site of the Albion Flour Mill, up Sandgate Road to the historic residence Whyetcliffe, down the hill to Crosby Park and then through some of Albion’s oldest suburban streets. From here the trail travels up Sandgate Road to the historic commercial centre of Albion.


1. The Albion Hotel
2. Former site of the Albion Flour Mill
3. Dunaverty
4. Hampton Court
5. Highlands
6. Whytecliffe
7. O’Driscoll Hall
8. Crosby Park and Chinese Market Gardens
9. Albion Park Racecourse
10. The US Chemical Warfare Service
11. Ellen Street Workers’ Cottages
12. The Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows Lodge Hall
13. Stephan’s Saddlery
14. Albion Building
15. Wyllie’s Buildings
16. Albion Post Office
17. Albion Public Hall
18. State Butcher shop


Eye on Indooroopilly
The Eye on Indooroopilly Heritage Trail begins at the Indooroopilly War Memorial in Keating Park, goes under the rail bridge to the spectacular Church of the Holy Family. It then travels down the hill to some of Indooroopilly’s grandest houses, the important World War II site at Witton Barracks, up historic Station Road to end at the Shopping Centre.


1. War Memorial – Keating Park
2. Church of the Holy Family
3. Church of the Holy Family School
4. Warranoke
5. St Andrew’s Church Hall
6. Henry Hunter’s residence
7. Tighnabruaich
8. Witton Barracks
9. Albert Bridge
10. Cross-river ferry
11. Walter Taylor Bridge
12. Stamford Hotel
13. Keating House
14. Stamford Hall
15. Station Road
16. Indooroopilly Uniting Church
17. Indooroopilly Shopping Centre


Gallivant Through Ascot and Hamilton
The Gallivant Through Ascot and Hamilton Heritage Trail begins at the Hamilton Hotel, travels up Racecourse Road past the striking St Augustine’s Anglican Church, along Windermere Road and then through some of Brisbane’s most picturesque and historic streets. The trail ends at the famous Eagle Farm Racecourse.


1. Hamilton Hotel
2. Eagle Farm Women’s Prison
3. Brett’s Wharf and Apollo Barge Assembly Depot
4. Substation No. 12
5. Kingsford Smith Drive
6. Hamilton Town Hall
7. Tivoli Gardens Theatre
8. St Augustine’s Anglican Church
9. Racecourse Road
10. Lynford
11. Windermere
12. Chateau Nous
13. Nyrambla
14. Tattersalls Lodge
15. Hamilton Fire Station
16. Ascot Railway Station
17. Eagle Farm Racecourse
18. Camp Ascot



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