West End Brewery

West End Brewery

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.75

Group: Southern

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

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: Corner of Montague Road and Merivale Street, West End

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47172222,153.01405556

Time Link: 1890

Map Link: 1890

Image Time Point: 1890

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The West End Brewery was established in a commanding timber building on the corner of Montague Road and Merivale Street in 1886 by Lanfear, Nicol and Company. It quickly developed into a thriving business and soon became one of Brisbane’s biggest beer producers, but the brewery suffered devastating damage during the flood of February 1893. The water rose as high as the second floor of the central tower, and completely wrecked the surrounding buildings. Despite these massive losses, the West End Brewery was rebuilt and enlarged as an imposing brick structure and by the following year the owners were claiming to have the largest output of beer in Queensland. However, the business closed in 1913 and the premises was turned into a bottling factory.


Queensland Figaro, 2 April 1887; Chris Dawson, ‘Beer Ahoy’ (http://boggoroad.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/beer-ahoy.html), sighted 12 July 2017)

Image Citations

West End Brewery, Brisbane, 1896. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number: 163483.

Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 18 chains to the inch. Map of City of Brisbane and suburbs issued with Pugh’s Almanac. 18 chains to the inch.. 634512