Firstly thanks to sweet Richie for giving me a Marie Antoinette award recently. This is the 2nd time I've been lucky enough to receive this award and I'm still none the wiser to what it means. Thanks heaps Richie!
I recently visited the Growing Up: 150 Years of Brisbane – 2008 Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane. Not only was this exhibition a great opportunity to see some amazing work from local emerging photographers, but it also brilliantly captured the beauty, vibrancy and diversity of this little town from so many different perspectives. It made me proud to call Brissy my home.
The exhibition also includes images of 1890’s Brisbane from the Elliot Collection and a very nice display of antique and vintage cameras that had me drooling. If you’re a local I fully encourage you to check out this exhibition. Be sure to allow for plenty of time to see it all. I wasn’t expecting so many photos to be on display so I was a little rushed to see it all on the day I went. I’ll be going back. The exhibition is on until 8th March (the MoB program guide states 22nd February). As with all MoB exhibitions it's free admission.
The MoB is located on the ground level of this magnificent building, Brisbane City Hall. This heritage listed Brisbane icon is under threat due to major structural problems. Sadly it may need to close permanently if substantial repairs are not carried out urgently and the Lord Mayor is wanting feedback about the future of the building from Brisbane residents by 6th February. There is a detailed wikipedia page all about the history of Brisbane City Hall, so if you would like to learn a little more, then click here.
City Hall Auditorium which houses the famous Henry Willis & Sons grand concert organ, built in 1892.
One of the many demonstrations that have taken place outside Brisbane City Hall. This one in the 1960s.
Initial phases of the construction through to the completion of Brisbane City Hall. These photographs were taken by Bertha Mobsby, one of Queensland's early female photograpers and cinemaphotographers.
If you would like to have your say about the future of Brisbane City Hall, visit here, and then click on Saving City Hall. Please please please get involved. So many beautiful old buildings of Brisbane have been destroyed over the recent years and we really need to save what little history we have remaining.