History of Brisbane


Thousands of years ago before skyscrapers, museums, parks and other establishments have adorned the modern Brisbane; the area was then a living area of the Aboriginal clans of the Jagera and Turrbal. They were then colonized by European settlers, with surveyor General John Oxley "discovered" the river in 1823 and named it after Thomas Brisbane, back then was the Governor of New South Wales. In 1824, It was in 1824 when the first convict jail was built in Redcliffe but was then transferred to the present day Central Business District.

The 1840s gave rise to the Newstead House, which was built among shanties and huts, and now remains as the oldest standing residence in Brisbane. From a small population of 829 in 1846, it went up to 6,000 by 1859. It was also in 1888 when the convict occupation in the CBD has also been terminated. The late 1880's had been witness to Brisbane's transformation into a center of commerce in the colony of Queensland, with its culture and architecture beginning to develop.

History of Brisbane
Problems with drought, floods and depression didn't stop Queensland and Brisbane from stopping its economic and industry boom in the early

1890s, leading its way in becoming Australia's largest local authority after the First World War. In 1924, two cities, six towns and ten shires were

abolished via the City of Brisbane Act, and a single council was created to lead 1,220 square kilometers of territory. The construction of the Story Bridge has also become a monumental move during the Great Depression, giving jobless people of that time a source of income.

During the Second World War, the AMP building has been transformed into United States General Douglas Macarthurís headquarters.

He was the Commander in Chief of the South-West Pacific Campaign. November 26 -27, 1942 has marked the history as the "Battle of Brisbane,"

a street fight between the American and Australian servicemen. After the Second World War is Brisbane's industrial boom. This even attracted

foreigners to migrate to the country, automatically boosting its population. More roads were created and suburbs began to flourish.

While there is a continuous flourish in Brisbane during that time, the city has tasted its own devastation caused by big floods in 1974.

This tragic event has caused sixteen lives and a damage amounting to $300 million. Recovery skewered in the atmosphere of Brisbane in

1982 while hosting the 1982 Commonwealth Games, boosting its own infrastructures and sporting facilities. Brisbane also hosted the 1988

World Expo at the South bank, which gave international claim to the city.

Brisbane has also stopped from being simply a commerce-oriented city, adding up cultural diversity on its skin. This has led the city to compete fairly with other Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne in the art and music scenes, thus the introduction to some of the most prestigious film and music festivals in current history.