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Picture relating to Brisbane - titled 'Brisbane, Queensland, 1865'

Brisbane, Queensland, 1865

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1865
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Two engravings depicting views of Brisbane taken from an unidentified British illustrated journal. In the top view the Normal School stands prominently in the centre of the picture on the corner of Adelaide and Edward Streets. The school was built as the first government school in 1861/2. The name "Normal" signified that the school was non-denominational.
A salient feature of the lower view is the Roma Street Reservoir in the foreground on the right. To create a water storage for the colony, convicts, under the direction of Captain Logan, built an earth dam across the creek between Roma and Little Roma Streets in 1838. A pipeline made of hollow hardwood logs carried water from the dam to the soldier's barracks near Queen and George streets ... water was pumped along the pipeline by a convict operated treadmill.

The Roma Street water supply remained the main source of supply until the late 1860's with the construction of the Enoggera Reservoir (Information taken from: State Library of Queensland Timewalks, 2002, retrieved 29 September 2003 from ).

This picture is also part of the Bonzle Construction (open in new window) photo collection.