Rowe's Café and Dining Rooms

Stage Number: MBNH.09.01.52

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Brisbane City (CBD)

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 235 Edward Street, Brisbane City

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46747222,153.02680556

Time Link: 1903

Map Link: 1904

Image Time Point: 1904

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Rowe’s Café and Dining Rooms opened in Edward Street in 1903, from a business that had being operating by Mrs Minna Rowe in Albert and Queen Streets. The large upmarket establishment became a Brisbane cultural icon in the twentieth century. Its original dining room could seat 380 guests, but furnished in expensive materials such as cedar and silky oak. Expensive crockery was used and modern electrical equipment was installed ahead of the competition.


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 92; 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. 4 chains to the inch. Brisbane and suburbs. Sheet 1. 4 chains to the inch. Brisbane, Survey Office. 634532