Monday, December 28, 2015

The Plough Inn - South Bank Brisbane

Today was the last sketchout for the Brisbane USkers for 2015.  It was a super morning, and we also met up with Melbourne USker Alissa Duke and her mum for coffee.

I picked a hard angle today, but went with it, as nothing ventured nothing gained :-)

A4 Holcroft 225gsm sketchbook.
Lamy pen and black Noodlers ink.

The Plough Inn is one of Brisbanes oldest pubs. It is heritage listed and  was designed by Alexander Brown Wilson and built in 1885 by contractor Abraham James.  The hotel was constructed for  publican Daniel Costigan. It replaced a previous, less substantial structure on the site, which had functioned as the Plough Inn since 1864.  The hotel, prominently located in central Stanley Street, serviced the commercial heart of South Brisbane. Its proximity to the South Brisbane wharves ensured its popularity amongst those engaged in shipping interests.

Plough Inn is significant historically as a rare surviving remnant of the commercial and shipping heart of South Brisbane in the late 19th century.  There is also said to be two ghosts there.  One story involves a young girl trapped in the cellar during the great floods of 1893; the other the murdered wife of a 1920s publican, who wanders the hallways and the balcony where she met her end.

If you are down at South Bank do go and have a look, have a beer/coffee/meal, and check out the upper levels, they are fabulous!
The hotel doesn't open until 11.00am because it has no pokie license.  yay!  Just old fashioned pub charm!

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