Brisbane Central Technical College

Brisbane Central Technical College

Name: Brisbane Central Technical College

Time: 1911 -

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Category: State Technical School or College

Institution Category: Education

Institution Group: Tertiary

Coordinates: -27.4766116666667, 153.028945

Street Address: 2 George St, Brisbane City

Suburb: Brisbane City (CBD)

Sector: State

Local Study Area: Spring Hill-CBD-Fortitude Valley-New Farm (Inner City)

Study Stage: MBNH Stage 9 Local Study Areas

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The Brisbane Central Technical College was founded in 1908, however, its history dates further back, with the Brisbane School of Arts and the establishment of the Brisbane Technical College in 1882 which emerged out of the School of Art’s classes. The Queensland Government took over technical college education in 1907. Under the Technical Instruction Act 1908, the Brisbane Technical College, the South Brisbane Technical College and the West End Technical College were amalgamated to form the Brisbane Central Technical College in George Street. The physical design of the campus provides a clear indication of the curriculum and college processes:

B Block (1911): Administration and Examination Hall;

E Block (1911): Chemistry and Geology;

F Block (1911): Wool-classing and Building Construction;

G Block (1911): Physics and Electrical Engineering;

H Block (1911: Civil and Mechanical Engineering;

J Block (1911): Workshops;

A Block (1912) : Commercial School;

C Block (1912): Art School;

D Block (1912): Domestic Science.

The former Brisbane Central Technical College was absorbed into the Queensland Institute of Technology in 1965

Geographic Description 1: Inside The Green Belt

Geographic Description 2: Brisbane River

Geographic Description 3: Flood Plains (Major); High River Banks (still floods); Ridgeline (Slopes off Wickham Tce)


Fitzgerald, Ross; Megarrity, Lyndon; Symons, David. Made in Queensland : a New History, Special Q150 commemorative edition, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Qld, 2009.

Kyle, Noeline; Manathunga, Catherine; Scott, Joanne. A Class of its Own: a History of Queensland University of Technology, Hale & Iremonger in association with QUT, Sydney, 1999.

Image Citations

Central Technical College in Brisbane, ca. 1931. Archive: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. []