Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Queens Park and Williams Street

Super fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers in Queens Park Brisbane.  Queens Gardens is a heritage-listed park located on a city block between George Street, Elizabeth Street and William Street in the Brisbane CBD. It was built from c. 1905 to 1990s  It is soon to be transformed, with the Queens Wharf development happening. It is a bittersweet development.  

Our historical buildings in this area are going to be re-purposed..  I am saddened that only the facades of the historical buildings are on the Heritage Register.  The interior of these amazing buildings are fabulous too.

This is the Tower of Power dwarfing the historic buildings below. 
Queen’s Wharf Road and William Street are two of the oldest streets in Brisbane.  The two historic buildings in my drawing are the Immigration Depot (later to become the national trust House)  The building was erected in 1865-1866 It was located adjacent to the Queen’s Wharf, which was the point of arrival for thousands of immigrants entering the new free colony between 1848 and 1897. Queen’sWharf was located in the area now known as the north bank of the Brisbane River.
and the Commissariat Store  which  was originally built by convict labour under the direction of Captain Logan as a permanent Commissariat Store for the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. Presently, the restored and renovated building operates as the headquarters for the RHSQ, housing the museum

 These statues are situated in the Queens gardens.  The gardens were originally called the Executive Gardens for the Executive Building  and later changed after the statue of Queen Victoria was erected. Queens Gardens is a heritage-listed park located on a city block between George Street, Elizabeth Street and William Street in the Brisbane CBD  It was built from c. 1905 to 1990s

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Spring Hill

I had a really fun morning in Spring Hill today with the Brisbane City Sketchers.
The weather was kind, only a couple of spits of rain, some blue skies and sometimes sunshine.  What more can an Urban Sketcher want :-)  
Spring Hill is an old part of Brisbane City,  and was so named in the nineteenth century because the hill on which the suburb was built was the source of the creek that was Brisbane's first fresh water supply. 

 My first sketch was of the Ballow Chambers. I have wanted to draw this building for ages.
The building was designed by Lange Leopold Powell and built from 1924 to 1926 by John Hutchinson.
From 1865 Wickham Terrace started to become the focal point of Brisbane's specialist medical practices.
This building was named after Dr David Ballow, onetime Colonial Surgeon and then the first doctor to establish a private medical practice in Brisbane. Ballow died in 1850 of typhus as a result of treating patients at the quarantine station on Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay. There is a plaque commemorating Ballow fixed to the front wall of the building.

Second drawing
The prisoners were made to work a rat-wheel as punishment to grind the flour in the windmill as it was then. . One slipped and fell and the captain in charge would not let them stop. The man was ground up I can imagine that they did not waste a speck of that flour either.

 Third and last drawing :-)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Pancake Manor

Fun Morning this morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers at Pancake Manor sketching inside on a wet Tuesday Morning.

Pancake Manor was originally Saint Lukes Church of England. It was designed by John Smith Murdoch and built  by John Steward & Co. and was dedicated on 14 August 1904 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

South Brisbane Train Station

What a fun morning, three of us went to the train station to sketch it.  It is a gorgeous historical building built in 1891 and still operational today..

Monday, February 26, 2018


Fun morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers in Fish lane South Brisbane this morning.  
A little history of Fish lane;
In December 1849, the Church of England acquired 1 acre, 3 roods, 8 perches of land on the
Southern side of the then ‘bridgeless’ Brisbane River for the purposes of building a church, school
and parsonage. The vacant land stretched along a block facing Melbourne Street in the scattered
settlement of South Brisbane, bordered by Grey Street on the south and Stanley Street on the north
(which at that time ran right through the suburb past Montague Road to the river).
Within a few years a small church, St Thomas’, was built on the site, set back some way from its
Melbourne Street frontage. This, only the second episcopal church in Brisbane, was a modest
building of ‘brick and rubble’, fenceless in a field from which cows and goats would occasionally
stray inside. During the week a school was run in the church and over the following decades
improvements to the building were gradually made and parishioners increased.Fish Lane, named after Mr George Fish was the track the parishioners use to get to the Church for services.
The church has long gone, and progress has taken over.
The PALADAR FUMIOR SALOON is one of the last remaining Art Deco Guest Houses.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sketching at the Cultural Forecourt

Wonderful morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers, eight of us came out to make art today.  We started at the Abutment on Victoria Bridge, and ended at the Collectors cafe  Qld Museum.

The Chai Cart on the Abutment.  fabulous coffee! The tracks you can see are remnants fo the Tram Tracks of Bygone days..

Santos Place Brisbane sketched from the Collectors Cafe
Santos Place is a 6 Star Green Star office building in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2009. It was formerly known as Northbridge before major Australian oil and gas exploration production company Santos bought naming rights for the building in January 2009. Santos occupies eight levels.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Roma Street Parklands

Sketching with my friend on a very hot summers day in the Spectacle Garden at Roma Street parkland. The Spectacle Garden at Colin Campbell Place displays a vivid array of colour all year and includes a collection of flowers, herbs, water features and art works.Colin Campbell Place is in horticulturalist.

History of Roma Street Parkland
Pre-1825 – Local indigenous community used the area for meetings and ceremonies
1825 – Roma Street Parkland area was part of the original Brisbane settlement
1875 – Adjacent train station built as part of the main western railway to Brisbane linking Ipswich to Toowoomba
1911 to 1934 – Extensive redevelopment in the area, to support the increase in services
1920 – Massive excavation removed 554,300 cubic metres of earth, permanently altering the steep terrain creating the current day artificial escarpment and the boundary of the former Albert Park
World War II – Roma Street train station used for transporting war materials and military personnel up north
2000 – Construction of the current Roma Street Parkland
2001 – Updated Roma Street Parkland opened to the public


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Aubigny Place Brisbane

Fabulous morning with the Brisbane City Sketchers at Mater Hill.  We sketched the old Private Hospital.  Aubigny Place was the original Mater Private Hospital building, on what is now known as Mater Hill, opening in 1910  The building was designed by Hall and Dods who also designed the Lady Lamington Nurses Home at Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital (RBWH)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sketching a tree!

It is February and I have finally done my first sketch for 2018. (I have been under the weather a bit, but now I am back)

The Brisbane City Sketchers had their first Thursday Sketchout, and we went to New Farm Park. . New farm park was created in 1914, and currently covers 15.0076 hectares of land. Some 600 trees were planted including  jacaranda trees that line the circular  road around the park.

A4 Holcroft Sketchbook and pen 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cambridge Parade

Sketching with the Brisbane City Sketchers on Manly Parade in Brisbane.  Manly is a very old settlement , once the playground of the very wealthy.

European settlement of the Manly area first took place around 1860. In 1882 land was sold by auction for the Manly Beach Estate, apparently named after Manly, New South Wales beach in Sydney. By the early 1900s the area had become a popular seaside location. Very large holiday homes were built, and people flocked for healthy holidays by the sea.

Today is is still an expensive place to live, but not as popular anymore.  When cars arrived on the scene, all the holiday makes fled to the northside of Brisbane to Sandgate.

Celtic Corner is an Irish eating house.  Gorgeous old building with no history, apparently.

This is my friend John 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Explorer Inn

Lovely morning sketching with friends in the City.  we sat under the awning if the District magistrates Court and sketched the Explorer Inn in Turbot Street.  This art deco building is on the Heritage register and was built in 1916, that is all I can find out so far. 

A4 Holcroft Sketchbook lamy pen and watercolour.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Princess Theatre Brisbane

The Princess Theatre is a heritage-listed theatre in Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by architect John Beauchamp Nicholson and built in 1888. It is also known as South Brisbane Public Hall and Boggo Road Theatre.  It is now a LifeCity Church, with a barber Shoppe on one side of the main entrance and the Halo Cafe on the other side.

First sketch with my lamy pen

Such a beautiful building

The Barber Shoppe

Sketched from across the road.

Thank you for looking

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Farm Park - Jacaranda Time

New Farm park is a Heritage Listed Park in Brisbane. The park covers 15 hectares (37 acres) and is at the southeastern end of the New Farm peninsula on a bend in the Brisbane River.
The area was dotted by lagoons and waterholes, which the Aboriginals named Binkin-ba, meaning "place of the land tortoise".
The land on which the park now stands was initially a farm. A racecourse was built on the site in 1846, which operated until 1913, when the land for the park was acquired by the Brisbane City Council. Besides the historic Rotunda, built in 1915,  facilities included a croquet lawn, picnic areas, cricket wickets, tennis courts and football grounds.

The park  has magnificent Jacaranda and Poinciana trees.  (I think there are very few original Jacarandas left maybe only three (disease and storms being the culprits) a rose garden, and if you wish to know more look Here

 First sketch is of the New farm Ferry Terminal whilst I was waiting for the rest of the Brisbane City Sketchers to arrive.

oh-oh.  I forgot to put the M on FARM

These are two of the original Jacarandas planted around 1914

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