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The Old Brisbane Museum. Queensland, Australia. (1891) by Ralph de Zilva

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4429 views, 394 comments, favourited by 89, 7 challenge wins, 7 Top Ten wins & 28 features as at 07.04.2014

Sold a100mm x 150mm postcard on 06.10.2011

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Queensland’s South East on 21.06.2012
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All Around Brisbane on 05.04.2012
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Featured on RedBubble Homepage on 12.02.2012

5Cs award on 02.02.2012

Winner in the Postcards Destinations “February 2014 Features” challenge on 06.04.2014
Winner in the All Around Brisbane groups “Anything Historical” challenge on 30.03.2013
Challenge winner of featured work in the group Capital Cities Of Australia on 17.12.2011
Challenge winner in Australia By Night in the Destination Australia Group on 17.07.2011
Challenge winner in the Art & Collectables Sales Group in March 2011
Challenge winner in the Just Fun Group Challenge in 2011
Challenge winner in the Australian Capital Cities Group in 2011
Runner Up in the Preserving History "May Avatar’ challenge on 01.05.2013
Runner Up in All Around Brisbane “Your Choice” challenge on 17.12.2012
5th in Your Country’s Best “Most Popular Image” challenge on 01.05.2013
Top Ten Winner in Artists Universe on 10.05.2012
Top Ten winner in The Group’s Architecture Challenge on 09.04.2012
Top Ten challenge winner in South East Australia on 14.02.2012
Top ten challenge winner in A Home Somewhere on 30.03 2011

Located on Brisbane Historic Site

Nikon D700 & Nikkor 14-24mm lens.
At 14mm

The Old Museum was originally called the Exhibition Building and Concert Hall. It was built in 1891 for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association after Brisbane’s first exhibition building, which had occupied the land, was destroyed by fire on 13 June 1888. At the time of the fire the building was being used as a skating rink.

The land had been used by the Queensland Acclimatisation Society from 1863-1875.

The new exhibition building was designed by the architect George Henry Male Addison (1857–1922). The style of the building may best be described as progressive eclecticism. It is entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.

The Queensland Government took over control of the building and grounds when the National Association was forced into liquidation by the economic depression in 1897.

In 1899, the Exhibition Hall became home to the Queensland Museum, with the museum remaining in the building until the museum’s relocation to the Queensland Cultural Centre in 1986. During the Queensland Museum’s 86 years in the building, other parts of the building were used as a Concert Hall and an Art Gallery. Because of the Queensland Museum’s long occupancy of the building, the building is now known as the Old Museum.

The Old Museum building is home to the Queensland Youth Orchestras, who use the building as a rehearsal, performance and office space. The building is also home for the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Youth Choir, Queensland Wind and Brass, Brisbane River City Clippers Barbershop Chorus, Queensland Rhythmic Gymnastics Organisation, Queensland Police Pipes and Drums and the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company.

The play Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare, was also presented in the Old Museum building in 1989. Members of the cast included Geoffrey Rush and Jane Menelaus.

The Old Museum building was also used as one of the sites for the 1980s Australian series of Mission: Impossible.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    What a great night photo of this great old building. Well Done!

  • Many thanks Michael. I had to shoot it while balancing on top of the wall that goes around the building. Things one would do to capture an image.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    Wow Ralph, this would have to be the best view I’ve ever seen of this building, including actually being there. Well done and excellent work. Cheers, Graham.

  • Thank you very much Graham. Luck played a big part in this image. After having been to a park under the Story Bridge to photograph the city at dusk, my wife and I were driving home when we past this building all lit up. There was some function on. So I was very lucky inedeed.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Many thanks Kathy.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    What an incredible image – favorite for me!

  • Thank you very much for your comments. Much appreciated Gina.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Neeraj Nema
    Neeraj Nemaover 4 years ago

    Magnificent and stunning. Amazing work by shooting this hand held. Instant fav.

  • Thanks a lot Neeraj for your comments. I was lucky I had my 14-24 lens with me. As you would know, you could get away with hand held shots with such lenses.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Elaine Short
    Elaine Shortover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Ralph:)

  • Thank you very much Elaine.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Another great capture Ralph. D700 did well at ISO 2000.

  • Many thanks Don. You should know all about the D700. A very good camera don’t you think? I have pushed it to ISO 5500 when I have to and found the results very acceptable.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Don, if you had a look at my two Scarborough Boat Harbour images taken at night. Well they were captured at ISO 3200.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 4 years ago

    Wow….Fantastic night shot Ralph…

  • Thank you very much John.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 4 years ago

    Terrific capture.

  • Thanks a lot Indrani.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Night somewhere…..”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Wow, Great news. Thank you very much Graham.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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