Shamrock Hotel

Stage Number: MBNH.09.01.12

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Brisbane City (CBD)

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: Corner of Edward and Margaret Street, Brisbane City

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47166667,153.02980556

Time Link: 1860

Map Link: 1864

Image Time Point: 1864

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Shamrock Hotel was built in 1864, Architect: J. Cowlishaw. It was renamed the Port Office Hotel in 1901. In 1955, it was ‘modernised’ by enclosing verandahs and removing all iron laticework, brick chimneys and canopy awnings. This was the fate om most of the City’s corner hotels. In the 1990s, the varandahs were reopend and copies of the latticework and awnings were restored.


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 89; Brisbane City Council, Reflections on the River heritage experience guides, (B.C.C., c2011)

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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