Queensport Meat Freezing

Queensport Meat Freezing

Stage Number: MBSH.03.04.04

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Murrarie-Cannon Hill

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: Queensport riverfront, Murrarie

Latitude & Longitude: -27.44525,153.10716667

Time Link: 1881

Map Link: TBA

Image Time Point: TBA

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This business started life as the Frozen Meat Company in 1881, embracing brand-new technology to provide the first frozen meat in Queensland. This enabled meat to be exported as far as London, and kickstarted the focus on the meat industry in the local area, which eventually had abattoirs, holding pens and saleyards and allowed the processing of meat from live animals to frozen product in the same area. By 1888 the freezing works had been taken over by the Grazier’s Butchering Company. Over the following decades various other companies came and went, including Borthwick’s from 1907, and the meat industry in the Colmslie/Murrarie area eventually came to an end during the 1990s.


Brisbane Courier, 17 October 1881; The Telegraph, 28 November 1888.

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Aerial view of Borthwick’s freezing works at Queensport, Brisbane, ca. 1925. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number: 112948.

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