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Brisbane River- Cultural Landscapes- Past and Future

  • 24 Nov 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • QUT and Queens Wharf, Brisbane
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Treks & Activities Event


Riverside landscape in Brisbane City continues to be reshaped substantially, with the Queen’s Wharf precinct development at the eastern end of George Street well underway, providing a glimpse of the future.

But, at the same time, just a stones throw away in the grounds of the QUT, the beautifully restored Old Government House, with its host of stories about the early geographical and historical development of Queensland, keeps us connected with our origins.

Join fellow members, on Wednesday 24th November 2021, in an event that touches on the PAST and the FUTURE.

The day starts (10.15am assembly) with a guided tour of Old Government House hosted by the its Curator, Dr. Katie McConnel. An opportunity to explore, and delve deeper into aspects of interest revealed during the tour will follow, including the William Robinson Gallery.  The formal tour takes about one (1) hour, and involves some stairs. There is also a lift.

An optional group (light) lunch (wraps, frittatas, lasagne etc-$7-$10) at The Pantry Café (adjacent to Old Government House) will follow this tour.   There are multiple lunch venues in the QUT precinct, including The Gardens Club café in the Botanical Gardens (5 minutes walk), where more substantial meals are available.  This may be of interest to participants wishing to include a botanical element to the day.  Lunches are at participants cost.

The group re-assembles at 1.15 pm at the Visitors Centre, corner of George and Alice Streets, for a glimpse of the FUTURE. Graham Witherspoon, Communications Manager for Destination Brisbane Consortium (the developers) will conduct a ‘walk through’ the impressive (one level) Visitor’s Centre with its models, displays and videos. Graham has been involved in the project for many years and is able to offer comprehensive insight into the development as a whole.  The formal ‘tour’ takes about 45 minutes, but participants are free to continue at the Visitors Centre.

The formal overall outing will conclude by 2.30 pm.

The most convenient access to the Old Government House precinct is via City Cat, de-catting at the QUT ferry terminal, and following the signage.

Participant numbers are limited to 20.

Cost:     $7 members/$12 non-members includes a donation to the Old Government House

Convener: Roger Grimley 0429 029 037

NB: Queens Wharf picture provided by: Kgbo, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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