Road Metal Quarry

Road Metal Quarry

Stage Number: MBSH.02.01.14

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Dutton Park-South Woolloongabba-Buranda

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: Quarry Street, Woolloongabba

Latitude & Longitude: -27.49272222,153.03058333

Time Link: 1885

Map Link: 1885

Image Time Point: 1885

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The two blocks of land on either side of what is now called Quarry Street were reserved in the 1880s as a quarry for road metal, a vital material in the days of dirt roads. This was a private quarry, owned by John Mullins. It was the scene of a tragedy in 1886 when 5-year-old James Hansen and a friend went to look at the quarry, which had been filled to form a waterhole by recent rains. James slipped into the water and drowned. The quarry itself was filled in and the land contained housing by the turn of the 20th century.


The Queenslander, 23 October 1886.

Image Citations

The road metal quarry is marked in the top left corner of this extract from an 1884 map.

Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 12 chains to the inch. Pugh’s Almanac street map of Brisbane. 12 chains to the inch.. 634507