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Monday, January 16, 2012

Brisbane: Old and New

Brisbane Square was completed in 2006 and houses the Brisbane City Council. It is a much maligned tower with many comparing it's ground floors to oversized lego blocks.


Directly across the road is one of those great colonial structures meant to physically express Brisbane's growth from penal colony and shanty town into a dynamic self-governing colonial capital.
The Treasury building was the backdrop for patriotic displays and celebrations from it's partial completion in the 1890's to the 1920's.



Time moves on and so did the State Treasury in the early 1990's. These days it houses Brisbane's Casino, so it is still money, money, money!
This is my final post on Brisbane. Some of my correspondents have noted that it is their least favourite Australian City.
For me it is the Aussie city on the Eastern Seaboard that interests me the most. Sydney is so picturesque, Melbourne so cultured but Brisbane, despite the towers and attempts at sophistication remains shabby and often ugly. The dirty river snakes through the heart of the city and I have always loved it's sub-tropical sleaze and exuberant can do personality. It is a cliche about Brisbane but I think it is still true that it remains a large country town at heart. I can't wait for my next visit to see what they have torn down next!

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17 comments:

  1. Great shots, Mark. I think it;s great that in all of our capital cities we have preserved much of the history, while at the same time we have not been afraid of the new and have some interesting examples of contemporary architecture.

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  2. Three beautiful photos. In the first two, the geometry and the blue sky caught my attention.

    Have a great week.
    Greetings
    Roberto, Rio de Janeiro

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  3. You couldn't get two more different styles and reasons for such if you tried hey Mark. It's really weird now that you come to mention it, Brisbane is a city that I know hardly anything about at all, must amend that!

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  4. I have enjoyed your view of Brisbane :)

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  5. Grace I can't wait to visit Perth one day. You and Rae always have such great shots. It looks a spectacular place.

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  6. I love the two structures but I like best the old one. ^_^

    Yellow Sunset

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  7. I love the new buildings. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Mark.

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  8. Wow, that is so cool and so neat!

    Visiting for Blue Monday! Here's my share-hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.mommys4seasonsjourney.com/2012/01/mango-juice-and-strawberry-banana-smoothies.html

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  9. Beautiful capture. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC
    Liz @ MCN

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  10. Nice!
    I wish you a Happy Tuesday!

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  11. beautiful shots of Brisbane, my sister been there before :-) visiting from Mellow Yellow Monday, hope that you can return the visit too.



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  12. Haven't been in the cities you name, so I can't give you an opinion. Whether it's an architectural wonder of the past or the present, each have their own beauty!

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  13. Brisbane Square... I've worked in it, my brother works there now... and I've always cringed at its appearance. If you look through the wonky windows on the 'lego level' you might be able to catch a glimpse of Council staff working out at the gym there... this adds yet another level of weirdness.

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  14. It was New Year's day, I was having Subway, near the library. I was wonder why so many people at the Treasury. I asked , and they tell me it is the Casino.

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  15. Interesting buildings! Beautiful:)

    Visiting for MYM!Here's my share-hope you can visit:)

    http://www.mommys4seasonsjourney.com/2012/01/mango-juice-and-strawberry-banana-smoothies.html

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