With its huge spreading shade trees and pleasant breezy riverside location, Orleigh Park is understandably a great favourite with many residents and visitors. However, this pleasant place of recreation had its origins in tragedy.
Early residents of South Brisbane faced a shortage of water and at the same time there were problems with stagnant foul water courses and swamps.
For some 40 years, horse drawn omnibuses provided the principle mode of public transport in Brisbane, Now they are all but forgotten.
The original bridge on Dornoch Terrace passing over Boundary Street was built in the 1880s. The current bridge was the first stage of a river crossing that was never built.
In 1905, a wealthy young girl’s party in Highgate Hill is described, with an interesting present for the winner of a game.
How much society norms regarding the rearing of children have changed is brought home by these stories from not that long ago.