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


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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens

Challenge Winner in the Featured For A Challenge Groups “Buildings Challenge” on 03.06.2012
Top Ten in the Absolute Clarity groups ’Black & White Structure" challenge on 21.11.2013

1027 views, 88 comments, 11 features & favouritted by 22 as at 21.11.2013

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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.


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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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  • amar singh
    amar singhover 3 years ago

    great capture

  • Thanks a lot Amar.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • luvnature
    luvnatureover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • triciaoshea
    triciaosheaover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Many thanks.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 3 years ago

    Whoa! Fantatsic!

  • Thank you so much Indrani.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    This looks bloody spectacular Ralph. A fav for me Mate.

  • Thanks very much Al for the great comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • luvnature
    luvnatureover 3 years ago

    it is more than beautiful……………… it…….

  • Thank you very much for that.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 3 years ago
  • Thank you so much for that Tracy. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Neil Ross
    Neil Rossover 3 years ago

    Well done Ralph. This is an amazing photo of a wonderful Brisbane icon. You’ve done it great justice. Congrats on your feature as it’s much deserved. A fave too :D

  • That sure is a wonderful comment, thanks so much Neil.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Caitlin Dickman
    Caitlin Dickmanover 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous image Ralph!! Beautiful lights and black and white effect! :D

  • Thank you so much Caitlin for that lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Jenny for the feature. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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