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528 Kingsford Smith Dr.
Brisbane, QL 4007
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Walking through the gates you are greeted by a white Buddha in the grounds, with two elephant guards-statues of course. This interesting temple was built by Chinese market gardeners in 1884 and was restored and opened to the Brisbane Chinese community in 1966. Two small shrines (shoes off please) featuring red and gold, are spiritual places to meditate. Amongst the artifacts on show is a rather incongruous shelf of ordinary cooking oils-used for burning candles.
Believed to be the oldest house in Brisbane, with a magnificent setting on the Brisbane River, Newstead House was built in 1846 by a pioneer pastoralist and was lived in from 1947-1959 by Captain John Wickham, the NSW Government representative in the Moreton Bay area. A model of the house interestingly shows how the soil was built up around it to completely cover the ground floor, which is actually underground. Walk inside downstairs to experience this strangeness. Upstairs walk around and take in the richly colored wallpaper, now reproduction, due to horse hair and arsenic in the old wallpapers. A point of interest is the antique child's seat.
The City Church in Bowen Hills is a modern building that has traditional roots. Apart from its religious significance, the building is also known to host various local cultural events.
Walk between two large weeping figs and enter this elegant home. Inside, enjoy the ornately decorated iron balustrades, filigree columns and friezes. Built in 1886, Miegunyah is now set up museum-style to show how folk lived in the 1880s and particularly showing the conditions the women then worked under. Note the fireplace, no stove, in which the woman of the house had to cook meals and heat water for baths. Walk through the wide cedar doorway onto polished pine floors, see lofty ceilings, antiques and marble fireplaces and enjoy the grandeur of this foregone era; note even the silver plate for calling cards.
Gateway Bridge is a bridge lies on the eastern suburbs of Brisbane. It is the starting point of the Bridge To Brisbane Fun Run race. Innumerable Australian enthusiasts take part in the event and make the Gateway Bridge immemorial in the process.
Built in 1880 in the traditional large sandstone blocks of that time, the sun shining through the stunning stained glass windows onto the central spacious altar and pulpit area gave an instant religious feel. The timber pews at St. Patricks Church offer seating surrounding this area, on three sides, and also allow for great views of the timber vaulted ceiling and the organ and choir stalls up above; angels' voices from on high! Next door is Centa Care, offering pastoral services of all kinds, including psychiatric care.
One of Brisbane's most recognizable icons, the Story Bridge is 777 metres (2,549 feet) and reaches 74 metres (243 feet) at its highest point. More than 300 men were employed for its design and construction, which took six years. The bridge was opened to traffic in July 1940. Its imposing structure contains nearly 12,000 tonnes of steel, and nearly all construction materials were Australian made. Initially named "Jubilee Bridge" (after the Silver Jubilee of King George V) it was later known as the "Story Bridge" after the Public Service Commissioner, John Story.
After a delightful walk among the colorful garden beds of Cathedral Square, you will find a Gothic-style church erected in 1881 for the United Methodist Free Church. It is traditional for religious buildings of this era. The sum of 1,100 pounds was the price the Methodists paid in 1883. In 1898 it became the Church of Christ. Now it welcomes all people. Behind the church is a Fellowship Hall and a Social Hall for young people, who gather here Sundays.
Standing on the Story Bridge with Brisbane under your feet, gives one a heady feeling. The view will send even the strongest of hearts aflutter. After 65 long years, the bridge was finally thrown open to the public, and Story Bridge Adventure Climbers now offer a top-level experience to locals and visitors. Safe and affordable, their climb covers the southern half of the bridge, and takes about two and a half hours from start to finish. As you progress upwards you can't help but marvel at the structure which took 12000 tonnes of steel and four lives during construction. Check website for rates.
Next to Church House in the St John's Cathedral precinct is Webber House, a Gothic-style building with banded brick and stone walls, steep slate roofs, belling out over the upper windows. Many of the historic buildings in Ann Street have similar steep roofs. See if you can find more. Built in 1904-05 as a school, it was named after an early Bishop of Brisbane, Bishop Webber. Wander admiringly around the exterior and into the bookshop.
Within the St. John's Cathedral precinct is an old house noted for its steeply pitched roof, upper story oriel window and narrow arched windows, which are most unusual. This historic old house was opened in 1909, as the first part of a two stage development next to St John's Cathedral. All the buildings in this area resemble the Gothic style of architecture. Wander around, admiring this interesting historic building and also explore the reading room tucked within.
The President of the Spiritual Church of Brisbane laid the foundation stone of this church in 1920. It is has two stories with the green roof and window eaves contrasting with the red brick walls and has parking in the grounds for convenience, being in an inner suburban townhouse area. Pastoral Care in the form of Healing and Private Readings are available.