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Victoria Rules in Queensland  (once upon a time) by TonyCrehan

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Featured in Australian Capital Cities Group on 01/24/12

Featured in Make an Impression Group on 02/01/12

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.

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  • Fara
    Faraalmost 3 years ago

    I like this black and white Tony and I love the accompanying story of your milk shakes…………….a gentler time I think………………cheers Joyce!!

  • Thanks Joyce. My Mum was certainly a gentle woman who had a tough life. More nostalgia next year in 2013 when it will be my 50 year class reunion in Brisbane.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image – the HDR makes this very striking. And thanks for sharing the interesting information, you’ve reminded me that Brisbane actually Does have a history that is interesting and worth considering!

  • Thank you for adding this to your favourites Damienne and for your appreciative comment. Apart from our fabulous ancient indigenous history, Australian history cannot compete with the older countries but as the story of a nation emerging from several penal colonies it is nevertheless interesting.

    – TonyCrehan

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 3 years ago

    How Colonial is that! Well taken, Tony!

  • Thanks David. the precinct is an interesting one with imposing classical buildings at either end – the Central Railway Station and the GPO. The park in between is the location for commemorative war memorials to the Anzacs.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    ( To help us tidy up the group it would be appreciated if you could remove as many of your older works as possible – Thanks Audrey )
    If you have already done this THANK YOU

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Bricealmost 3 years ago

    An excellent photo Tony, with great detail. What a beautiful building.

  • Thanks very much Jenny.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

    Very fine b&w work, and the history is interesting to read.

  • Thank you for your very supportive comment Celeste.

    – TonyCrehan

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the great news Graham. It is a big thrill to have my work featured in the group.

    – TonyCrehan

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 3 years ago

    This photo is eligible to be entered into the $20 challenge for January 2012 in the group Australian Capital Cities. Good luck!

  • Thanks Graham.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 3 years ago

    See your work in its Permanent Feature Gallery and Journal Article

  • Thanks for the great news Damienne. It’s a real thrill to have my work featured in the group.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful image! Congratulations on your feature! Love the B&W

  • Thanks for your congratulations and generous comments Glenn and for adding this to your favourites.

    – TonyCrehan

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