New Farm Powerhouse

Stage Number: MBNH.09.03.17

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Fortitude Valley-New Farm-Newstead

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: Lamington Street, New Farm

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46905556,153.05444444

Time Link: 1928

Map Link: 1929

Image Time Point: 1929

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The New Farm Powerhouse became operational in 1928. Originally the supply was owned and used for the Brisbane City Council tramway network. Street lighting and domestic house usage was a gradually increasing but secondary factor. In 1963 the powerhouse was sold to the Southern Electricity Authority, and following the closure of the tramway in 1969, the powerhouse was decommissioned in 1971. Swanbank powerhouse provided the replacement for general electrical power generation.


Kowald, Margaret. with Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Kay Cohen, Lyndsay Smith, and Jean Stewart. Lost Brisbane and Surrounding Areas: The Later Years. Volume 2. RHSQ. 2016 page 259

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QSA. QSA Series 1690 Civic Survey of the City of Brisbane – AIAG2 Series. 4 chains to the inch. City of Brisbane, civic survey maps. Sheet 24, 4 chains to an inch. annotated with details of sales. 618944