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One of the facades of the Brisbane GPO Building in Queen Street, taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot with processing in Simply HDR for Mac.
A nostalgic image for me because it is where, on day outings from boarding school in 1960/61, I used to meet my Mum. We would go to nearby Coles in Edward Street, where she would buy me my favourite lime or banana flavoured milk shakes.
The Anzac Square GPO Precinct is listed in the Register of the National Estate (Place ID 8337) and the GPO is one of the major buildings of historic significance.
The General Post Office building which became a major feature of this urban space was built by John Petrie in two stages between 1871 and 1879. It replaced an earlier simple post office building, and the old female factory building and compound which had stood on the site since 1829.
The two storey GPO building is in the Classic Revival style and constructed of Brisbane porphry, both local and Helidon sandstone and bricks from Petrie Albion claypit. Each wing has an arched sandstone colonnade at street level and a lighter weight upper floor with verandahs featuring Corinthian columns and iron lace balustrading. The main entrance of the original postal building is marked by a triple bay projecting forward and surmounted by a pediment. This is mirrored in the southern wing. The brick outbuildings for the new post office were built on the porphry foundations of the old factory. Over the years the complex was extended with auxiliary buildings receiving additional floors and modifications and additional buildings being added.