Lands Office Building

Stage Number: MBNH.09.01.13

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Brisbane City (CBD)

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: George Street, Brisbane City

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47266667,153.02461111

Time Link: 1862

Map Link: 1864

Image Time Point: 1864

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The Lands Office Building housed the Department of Lands and Works, and the Survey Office, from 1864 to 1905. It was the first purpose-built government office. The early institution with the heavy investment in its administration illustrated the colonial obsession in the grants and trade of land.


Cohen, Kay. with Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Margaret Kowald, Lyndsay Smith, and Jean Stewart. Lost Brisbane and Surrounding Areas 1860-1960. Volume 1. RHSQ. 2014. page 69; Brisbane City Council, Heritage Trail Brisbane City Centre,series No.1, 13th edition , (B.C.C, c1990s)

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 8 chains to the inch. City & environs of Brisbane County of Stanley shewing the electoral districts of North Brisbane South Brisbane and Fortitude Valley. 8 chains to 1 inch. Negative photostat. 634487