Last Saturday I wrote a post that mentioned King George Square which is a feature of the central business district of Brisbane. I took some photos of the square as it is now, after refurbishment a few years ago. On Sunday I went looking through the Brisbane City Council Image collection online and found a number of photos that show the Square as I remember it as a child, then more images as it went through another metamorphosis when I was a young adult. All the photos are from the Brisbane City Council's eLib catalogue. This square has been part of my life; whether as a young child being brought into the city to see the huge Christmas tree, or going to concerts at the nearby hall, meeting friends as an adult or being part of protest meetings as a student. Sadly I very rarely go to the city much these days. Medical and dental services are catered for in the suburbs these days as are entertainment and shopping. here is a little bit of the square's history...
|BCC Brisbane Images: The square in 1930|
|BCC Brisbane Images: the square in 1940|
The photo below is taken at about the time my father came to live and work in Brisbane. He would go to Symphony Concerts in City Hall. Dad also told me stories of how the city hall's site was on an area of swampy ground which included a number of waterholes.
|BCC Brisbane Images: Looking in the other direction from the previous photo, 1948|
|BCC Brisbane Images: Facing in the opposite direction from the previous photo. Looking down Albert St which continues down to the Botanical Gardens. Where the red hoardings are, is the site of the new Commonwealth Bank Building on Adelaide St.|
|BCC Brisbane Images: the square in 1958|
|BCC Brisbane images: 1963 Note the sign showing the tram stop where you could wait in a zone on the street|
|BCC Brisbane Images; The square in 1966. Albert St still on the other side of the square. When we went to functions in the hall, at intermission we would go to a milkbar across the square to Albert St|
|BCC Brisbane Images; 1971. The 'new' enlarged square was opened officially by Queen Elizabeth the previous year|
Finally, another one of my photos from Saturday...This is looking towards Ann St...