South Brisbane Post and Telegraph Office, and South Brisbane Library

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.13

Group: Southern

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

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 472 Stanley St. South Brisbane

Latitude & Longitude: -27.48259722,153.02640278

Time Link: 1882

Map Link: 1890

Image Time Point: 1890

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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 Instute for a School of Arts. South Brisbane Municipal Council converted it into a library in 1894 and 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.


Brisbane City Council, Exploring the City of South Brisbane: Heritage Trail Series No.11, (Brisbane, BCC, c1999)

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QSA. QSA Series 1748 Moreton District, County of Stanley Maps – A1 Series. 1 chain to the inch. Borough of South Brisbane (Ward No 1), Parish of South Brisbane, County of Stanley. ca 1 chain to the inch. Borough of South Brisbane, Ms.,. 620304