Tuesday, July 17, 2018

St Mary's Catholic Church


The current church at St Mary’s was blessed and opened on 2nd July 1893. It replaced the first St Mary’s – a small wooden church built on the site of the present car park around 1864. Designed by architects George Simkin and John Ibler and built by Woollam and Norman between from 1892 to 1929
The style of the church, which combines Romanesque and Renaissance revival elements, was not common at the time as most nineteenth century churches were designed in the Gothic revival style.




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Stanley Street South Brisbane

We sketched Historical Clarence Corner this morning. I sat outside the Clarence Corner Hotel, now known as the Brew House. It was named after the Steam Ship Clarence.
Clarence Corner was Brisbanes first Township, and it was quite a large one. In 1893 a devastating flood forced most of the retailers across river to Queen Street.




The cream building is Maggee Draper Emporium formerly Murray and Magee Coupon Drapers.
The black building is Robert Lenehan’s pharmacy at Clarence Corner in 1915.
Sketched in my handmade 8" x 6.5" 90lb sketchbook. Graphite 0 Lamy pen - Watercolour.




Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sketching around the Brisbane Supreme Court

Fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers, on a breezy but sunny winters morning.  We sat in the Supreme Court Park, and I wandered around the back of the court building to sketch Fiona Foleys controversial Silent Whispers.  Her work is a memorial to the many massacres of Aboriginal people which had taken place during the colonial settlement and expansion of Queensland in the early 19th Century. There are names engraved in pavers, 94 names, that are the places of the massacres.






My second drawing is of the historic McDonnell Building


Monday, June 25, 2018

Sketching in the Gallery Precinct Kurilpa Point.


Awesome morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers..
I sat on a rock wall on the riverside outside the State library Qld to sketch the Brisbane City Library Buildings. I have drawn them before, always a pleasure..
8" x 7.5" handmade sketchbook graphite watercolour and pen (in that order)

Kurilpa means "place for water rats", in the aboriginal language, Kurilpa Point was once inhabited by the Turrbal peoples to whom water rats were a food source.
The Turrbal are an Australian Aboriginal nation, descendants of the original owners and custodians of the region of present-day Brisbane, Queensland. They have lived in Australia for over 60,000 years. The name primarily referred to the dialect they spoke, the tribe itself being alternatively called Mianjin/Meanjin. The Turrbal are regarded as interchangeable with the Jagera
 
The Turrbal were Jagera people whose traditional lands and hunting grounds, extended over some 1,300 square miles (3,400 km2) and lay around the Brisbane River, stretching from the Cleveland shore area of Moreton Bay, and running inland as far as the Great Dividing Range about Gatton; north to near Esk.
 
The Turrbal horde itself was located specifically in what is now called the Brisbane CBD, the name for which was Mianjin.
 
Neighboring Aboriginal nations include the Kabi and Wakka Wakka to the north, the Dalla to the northwest and the Ngugi of Moreton Island. Despite collective title to a stretch of land, the Turrbal like many tribes permitted private ownership of specific sections of land, down to recognizing personal possession of parts of a river or even of trees and shrubs.




Thursday, June 21, 2018

City Botanic Gardens

Sketching the Historic Kangaroo Point Cliffs, from the City Botanic Gardens, with the Brisbane City Sketchers.
It was a lovely morning filled with laughter and fun, and some drama to boot. (A man got stuck on the side of the cliffs across the river from us) I rang the police and he was saved.

These lavas and pyroclastic rocks of the cliffs were deposited in the Triassic Period about 230 million years ago and filled an ancient river valley. These rocks were known as porphyry and later became known as the geological unit called the Brisbane tuff.
Records indicate that it was Captain Patrick Logan who first opened a quarry to supply stone to his building works as early as 1826.  It was the female prisoners who were required to quarry the cliffs.

The Cliffs are heritage listed and  are now a playground for RiverLife..




Monday, June 4, 2018

Regatta Hotel

The Regatta Hotel got it's name from the wonderful boat regattas held on the river in front of the hotel in days gone by..

In 1886, the current and second Regatta Hotel, three-storeyed brick building, was erected for Brisbane publican William Winterford, this is the building you see today.
The Regatta was one of a number of large, masonry, first-class hotels designed by Richard Gailey in the 1880s.
A famous women's liberation protest took place in the public bar in 1965, when two women, Merle Thornton (mother of Australian actress Sigrid Thornton) and Rosalie Bognor, chained themselves to the public bar footrail in protest at Queensland's restriction of public bars to men only. The protest was not successful despite other similar protests; it was years before the laws changed.

Floods were a huge problem being that the hotel sat on the river bank.. The hotel survived several floods.
It was first flooded in 1887, then again in 1893. Lack of wider custom, the financial depression of the early 1890s, and the floods of 1893, nearly ruined Winterford. 1908 - 1974 - 2011 saw more flooding.  It is said the canoes rowed to the second story to get a beer during the 1974 floods..




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sketching in Fortitude Valley

First sketch is of the amazing Police Station. Designed by Raymond Clare Nowland, an architect in the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Fortitude Valley Police Station was constructed during an intensive public works building program undertaken by the Forgan Smith Labor Government in Queensland during the 1930s to counter the effects of the Great Depression.
Second sketch is an archway adjacent to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church. 





Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wordsmiths cafe St Lucia UQ

Sketching at Wordies this morning, and I chose to sketch over a "failed" sketch I started last Tuesday.  Failed, because I got the proportions of the building wrong right at the beginning of the sketch, so decided today to incorporate the wonderful sandstone sculptures created by Rhyl Hinwood (1996) into the sketch.  What do you think?  The crow posed for me for his sketch..






Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Stanley Street Brisbane

Wonderful morning sketching at South bank with the Brisbane City Sketchers.   The sun was shining and with good company, it was a lovely adventure.
I chose to sketch two historic buildings, The Allgas Building, and the Plough Inn.  Both built in the late 1800s both have history.
The ALLGAS BUILDINGwas built in 1885 which was called Caledonian House.  It was built  for the drapery and outfitting firm of Allan & Stark, and named Caledonian House Along with a number of prominent South Brisbane firms, Allan & Stark moved across the river to higher ground after the disastrous floods of 1893

The PLOUGH INN  was built in 1864 by publican Daniel Costigan, an Irish Publican.  The Plough Innis significant historically as a rare surviving remnant of the commercial and shipping heart of South Brisbane in the late 19th century.


Note the Unicycle above the square..  Artist John Underwood, made 175 fibreglass and wire 
"Human factor" sculptures for Expo '88 
There are 3 that I know of left in the city, the others were repurposed or sold to international visitors.

 This building boasts of two ghosts.  One of a publicans wife, who was throttled and thrown over the upper floor balcony for supplementing their income in the red light rooms on the second floor, the other a poor wee girl who was drowned in the basement during the 1893 floods.  You can still hear her voice calling for her mummy..


Both buildings in 1987

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Woolstores Teneriffe

I went sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers this morning in Teneriffe.  We chose o sketch the Winchcombe Carson Woolstore.  Awesome building.  The first Winchcombe Carson building is the oldest extant woolstore in the Teneriffe precinct. 







Monday, May 7, 2018

Customs House Dome

Sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers on a cool, windy, wet day.  We were at Hobbs park 480 Queen Street, which is a semi rooftop park named after one Dr Hobbs, who resided across the road.
From the park is a good view of Customs House.  Today it was too wet to sit out in the open, so I only got to sketch  a portion of the building. 


The blue sky was wishful thinking. :-)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Bulimba Brisbane Qld

I had a lovely day today, with fellow Urban Sketcher Sid from Cairns.  We haunted Bulimba, sketching the Golf Course,  a house built in 1927, and a quick sketch before a very late lunch..






Monday, April 30, 2018

City Sketching

Autumn/Fall is really here.  Quite cool for this sun-lover.  I left in anticipation of a lovely sunny day in a light three quarter sleeved shirt, to met by very fresh winds in the city.  What to do?  Hole up in a cafe of course.  We sat in Merlo cafe.  They have big glassed windows, perfect for sketching..


Still using my handmade sketchbook.  I really love the Saunders Waterford paper, so must order more before I finish this book.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Treasury Hotel Courtyard

The Treasury Building was erected in three stages between 1886 and 1928.  The Treasury Building, a four-storied masonry perimeter block, occupies an entire city block bounded by Queen, George, Elizabeth and William Streets. It is built to the property alignment around a large central courtyard  It forms the northern edge of the group of important public buildings surrounding Queens Gardens.
The building was occupied by Government officials until 1989, when it was sold to the Treasury Casino.

 I am loving sketching in my handmade sketchbook.  



Thursday, April 19, 2018

South Brisbane

I had fun today with a friend wandering around South Brisbane and sketching.  My first sketch is of the Fish lane Entrance, from the Cultural Centre Busway, and my second sketch is the giant cicada below..








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