Hotel Terminus

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.21

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Woolloongabba

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 71 Melbourne St. South Brisbane

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47418611,153.01745556

Time Link: 1927

Map Link: 1936

Image Time Point: 1936

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Built 1927. Constructed during the 1920s building boom, when many old Brisbane hotels were either modernised or demolished and replaces with a new pub, the Hotel Terminus reflected the confidence in the this South Brisbane precinct of ‘Bayard’s Corner’. This was one of three, separate shopping precincts in South Brisbane. The pub was serviced by both Melbourne Street and Fish Lane. The Hotel drew its name from the nearby South Brisbane railway station that was becomng the terminus for interstate rail travel from 1930. It also drew patrons from the neighbouring Trocadero Dansant dance hall (1923) that was a popular nightspot but it did not serve alcohol. Postwar, the ‘Terminus Hotel’ maintained its name by being nextdoor to the the main Greyhound bus terminal. After Expo’88, the area declined in popularity, with the pub becoming a topless bar named ‘The Sly Fox’ hotel. It has been restored and revamped, with the area’s revival after the opening of the ‘Playhouse’ theatre (1998) and G.O.M.A. (2006).


Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Heritage Trails – Explore the Secrets of South Brisbane,

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Qimagery. Brisbane 1936. Scale: 1:11,000.