South Brisbane Post and Telegraph Office

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.85

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Woolloongabba

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 472 Stanley St, South Brisbane

Latitude & Longitude: -27.48277778,153.02627778

Time Link: 1881

Map Link: 1884

Image Time Point: 1884

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South Brisbane Post/Telegraph Office built c1882, with Postmaster’s home on upper and basement floors. In 1889, it was bought by the South Brisbane Mechanics Institute for a School of Arts. South Brisbane Municipal Council converted it into a library in 1894 & added a left-side, tower wing (architect John Burley) in 1897. A rear, public hall (architect A.B. Wilson) was added in 1902. From 1914, the upper floor was “Randall Art Gallery’. Also known as the South Brisbane Concert Hall, this building could seat 600. The Council libray closed in 1973 and it remained vacant until 1987, when it was restored for EXPO’88.


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 106

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 5 chains to the inch. City of Brisbane. 5 chains to the inch. Government Engraving, and Lithographic Office, Brisbane.. 634496