Five Interesting Facts About Spring Hill’s Historic Windmill

It has been a bit taken for granted, and was little ugly before its restoration in the 1980s, but a new exhibition aims to give the Spring Hill windmill the pride of place the Queensland State Archives think it deserves.

“It’s just always been there, I think it’s been taken for granted a bit,” QSA archivist Rowena Loo said.

Added QSA marketing manager Jenny Kidd: “For a long time it wasn’t an attractive looking building either.”

Now hidden by the city, Ms Loo said it would have been a landmark back in Brisbane’s early days.

“You hardly notice it now, but when you look at the older photos of the city it really is the windmill, the tower up on the hill overlooking a huge area, it’s quite spectacular in the older photos,” she said.

After its restoration and heritage listing in the early 1990s, Ms Loo said it was time to recognise the important part the windmill had played in Brisbane’s history.

“The windmill is such a landmark in Brisbane it seemed an obvious choice to have it as a consistent thread through Brisbane’s history,” she said.

It is the oldest building in Queensland

Built in 1828 by convict labour, the windmill is the oldest surviving building in Queensland.

“It had a treadmill in there to grind wheat and maize,” Ms Loo said.

Despite its age, the windmill was only used for its intended purpose for 14 years.

“Convict settlement came to an end (in 1842), and there was only sort of a very small remnant colony in Brisbane and soon after that, that’s when the windmill stopped being used to grind wheat and maize,” Ms Loo said.

It was Queensland’s first museum

The Spring Hill windmill, photographed in 1930.The Spring Hill windmill, photographed in 1930. Photo: Queensland State Archives

While Ms Kidd said the QSA did not have much information about what went in the museum between 1862 and 1868, and who visited, it was assumed any exhibition would have been small.

“Queensland wouldn’t have been that old in terms of history either so it would have only had a few things I imagine,” she said.

For about 30 years, the windmill was as a timekeeper

From 1866 to 1894, the windmill was used as a timekeeper for the colony.

“A time gun went off at 1pm every day to announce the time,” Ms Loo said.

Later the rifle was replaced by a copper “time ball” that would drop at 1pm to tell people the time, Ms Kidd said.

Source: Brisbane Times

Author: Rachel Clunn

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Brisbane’s Most Viewed Postcodes Revealed: Where Everyone Wants To Live

I started my real estate sales career at Sissons estate agents based at 26 Wharf Street in the city about 15 years ago.  I was told by my then principal that it may be an idea to sell in Spring Hill as all the other agents in the office were selling in the CBD.  He said that it was a small area, the hardest area to get a name in and that is why all the agents in the office steered clear of it.  He warned me – you’ll soon see why and added – get a good pair of shoes and good luck!
When I started, the truth is that Spring Hill was not really considered a great place to live.  I soon got to see why some would think that but coming from Sydney, the area had a charm for me. With boarding houses close to schools, historical homes, fine terraces, quaint Queensland cottages and the Dept of Main Roads tower (now The Johnson Apartments), Victoria Park, the Windmill, I was hooked.  So I persevered…and kept going…getting to know the owners in the area, one house sale at a time…and now many many house sales later….

How things have changed!  According to the Brisbane Times (2nd August, 2017), Spring Hill is now the most sought after suburb to live in Brisbane based on searches on real estate portal domain.com.au

The Brisbane postcodes where everyone is aspiring to live has been revealed as the latest Domain data shows the areas that have been searched for the most.

Postcode 4000, which includes Brisbane CBD and Spring Hill was the most searched postcode on Domain during July, with more than double the searches of the next most popular postcode.

*4000 notably includes Petrie Terrace, though not specifically mentioned in the article!

The second-highest searched postcode was 4152, which includes Camp Hill, Carina, Carina Heights, and Carindale.

The highly sought-after postcode of 4101, which includes South Brisbane, West End and Highgate Hill, came in a close third, just a few hundred searches behind 4152.

Urbis director Paul Riga said it was clear the innermost Brisbane suburbs would be the most popular with would-be buyers. “The CBD has an attractiveness as being our city core and city centre,” he said. Lots of amenities and proximity to commercial businesses drove continued interest in the CBD.

But because the next few postcodes were grouped within a few hundred searches of each other, he said it was a clear indication that interest in the housing market was healthy and diverse.

Source: Domain.com.au

Author: Jim Malo

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Fire Destroys Spring Hill Property On St Pauls Terrace

In recent news a fire has engulfed a commercial property at 123 St Pauls Terrace on Sunday morning, sending plumes of smoke into the air and causing police to close the street.

Emergency services were called to the single-storey brick property on St Pauls Terrace about 7.20am, to find the building “well-involved”.

Six crews, about 20 firefighters in total, battled the blaze externally, due to concerns about structural damage to the property. They also managed to protect a neighbouring property, which was under threat from the fire at one point.

By 8am, the fire was under control and soon crews were dampening down hotspots. A search of the building, which was at least 29 years old, was later conducted and found the home was vacant.

Nearby residents were evacuated as smoke poured from the property, but they were given the all-clear to return to their homes about 9.30am. Paramedics had not treated anyone at the scene.

 The house was not destroyed, but did suffer significant structural damage. The cause was yet to be determined, but fire investigators were expected to remain at the scene for most of the day.
Police closed St Pauls Terrace between Quarry and Rogers Streets and were asking motorists to avoid the area, however the road reopened about 11.15am.

Source: Brisbanetimes.com.au

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Developers Propose New Residential Tower In Spring Hill

Brisbane City Council has been submitted a development application for a new residential tower at 152 Wharf Street, Spring Hill.

The tower, to be developed by Morris Property Group and designed by DBI Architecture, is proposed to rise to 24 storeys and will accommodate 196 residential apartments, with residents’ facilities and a recreational pool terrace located on top of the podium.

Despite an initial proposal of 24 storeys, the developers have taken into account the upcoming Draft Neighbourhood plan, which will allow the tower to rise to 30 storeys once implemented.

According to the proposal, this development will play a significant role in accommodating new residents, workers and visitors as Brisbane’s population and employment grows.

“The tower is fashioned by the asymmetrical nature of the site. Two wings are connected by a central curved element. The two distinct tower forms assist to fragment the tower’s overall building mass and visual bulk. The visual prominence and graphic effect of the balconies and fenestration reinforces their presence as human scale elements that provide articulation to the tower’s overall appearance, further mitigating its visual bulk and integrates it into the texture of it’s neighbourhood. The surrounding undulating topography affords some expansive views and access to sunlight and cooling breezes that provide the essential amenity for higher density residential living.”

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Source: The Urban Developer

Image Source: Artist impressions courtesy Morris Property Group and DBI Architecture

Medical Suite Tower Proposed for 484 Upper Edward Street

Treelight Development Group has submitted a development application for an 18 storey specialist medical suite commercial tower located at 484 Upper Edward Street, Spring Hill.

The development has been designed by Rothelowman and joins a growing list of new Spring Hill developments.

 According to developer Treelight Development Group, the development will comprise of 28 spacious and sophisticated medical suites designed to attract leading specialists to this fast expanding inner city location.
484 Upper Edward Street Medical Suites aims to enrich communities through sophisticated design and quality craftsmanship, providing an unsurpassed offering within the Health Care Sector – Treelight Development Group

This proposed new facility will be leased to leading medical specialists, with a focus on providing a complete range of health care options within the one location.

Project Rundown:

  • Two basement levels containing car parking and services for the development
  • Four levels of podium car parking, sleeved by commercial tenancies
  • Ground level food and drink outlet
  • Communal recreational open space on level 4 between the podium and tower and on the rooftop
  • 39 car parking spaces using a car lift system including a disabled space within the basements and podium levels
  • 13% deep planting located at the rear of the site.

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Source: Brisbane Development

Image Source: Artist’s impression of 484 Upper Edward Street

Spring Hill Commercial Complex In Receivers’ Sale

A commercial complex in the heart of Spring Hill in inner Brisbane is being offered for sale by Ray White Commercial (QLD).

The property at 490 Boundary Street, Spring Hill, is being marketed via Expressions of Interest by John Dwyer and Jason Hines of Ray White Commercial QLD under instructions from Helen Newman and David Whyte of BDO as receivers and managers.

Mr Dwyer said the offering comprises a substantially completed commercial office complex incorporating an existing heritage dwelling on a land area of approximately 776 sq m with onsite parking.

“The property also includes a newly constructed six-storey office tower with two basement levels” he said.

“The property is being offered for sale in one line with potential to strata title individual floors, subject to council approval.”

Mr Dwyer said the commercial complex is located within an established medical precinct near St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and within walking distance to other major medical facilities.

“The property is surrounded by retail and service amenities within an established mixed-use precinct combining medical, commercial, retail, hotel/accommodation, education and private residences, which provides a unique amenity for this near city suburb.

“The Brisbane City Council Spring Hill free loop service, operating between the CBD and Spring Hill, runs past the property which is approximately 650m from the Brisbane city centre.”

Mr Hines said Spring Hill is also close to some of Brisbane’s schools and international colleges, including St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane Boys Grammar, Brisbane Girls Grammar and All Hallows.

“The immediate precinct also includes the new Queensland headquarters for Adventist Retirement Plus at 400 Boundary St and IES International College campus at 433 and 495 Boundary St.” he said.

Source: The Urban Developer

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