Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sketching at Dockside - Kangaroo Point. This area has a lot of history..

Before British settlement, Kangaroo Point was occupied by the Turrbal people.  It is one of the earliest suburbs settled in Brisbane and subsequently, is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs, rich in history and character. It had a reputation for violent and rowdy street gangs around the 1900s, with a number of street riots, even a murder. (Read the Mayne Inheritance)

First stop was the Holman Street ferry to wait for the group to arrive.  It was a beautiful day.

The Holman Street Ferry Terminal was built prior to 1919 for the City of Brisbane, then responsible for the servicing of ferry routes across the Brisbane River.  
Sketched in my A5 Mont Marte black paper sketchpad, and Uniball Signo white gel pen.

During Brisbane's convict era stone was quarried at Kangaroo Point for building works in the town across the river. By 1837 parts of Kangaroo Point were being farmed.  
In 1844 the first of several public houses in Kangaroo Point, the Bush Inn, was licensed.
By the late 1850s it is estimated that Kangaroo Point had about 80 houses, a wharf, a ferry service to north Brisbane, a bone shed, the remains of a derelict boiling-down works dating from the 1840s, a sawmill, a brick-works, and a postal receiving box. The industrial potential of Kangaroo Point, particularly along its shoreline, was becoming evident, and all the land had been sold by 1854.

The group arrived and we walked down to the River Walk.  The Jacarandas are magnificent right now.  
Holcroft 225gsm Premium Sketch & Draw Diary - dip pen and w&n ink - watercolours

Fabriano Venezia 200gsm 9.5" x 5" sketchbook. Lamy pen - Noodlers ink - Watercolours
 Fabriano venezia 200gsm Sketchbook and lamy pen. Noodlers Black ink
 Main Street ran from the tip of Kangaroo Point southward to the Woolloongabba Five Ways. It was flanked by sawmills, tradespeople, cottages, a few larger houses, the Kangaroo Point and Pineapple Hotels, an immigration depot at Wharf Street, the primary school and St Mary's church. Slipways and engineering works were large employers.

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