Monday, January 22, 2007

Anchors Away

Just near Waterfront Place, at the rear of Naldham House, you'll find this particular monument as part of Brisbane's maritime history. The site now occupied by Waterfront Place was part of Brisbane's original port. Parts of the Cellar still visible today date from 1864, when the first shipping office was erected on the site. With the amalgamation of several small companies into the Australian United Steamship Navigation Company in 1888-1889, Naldham House was built.

Now its home to the Brisbane Polo Club, and as their web site outlines: "Maritime trade with India, which was a major part of the business of all these early shipping companies, established a link with the British Raj. Thus was the theme the Brisbane Polo Club used in its restoration of Naldham House." Hence the anchor out the back!

It's funny that rather than focus on the architecture of the building, as I wandered around Brisbane with the kids, I found it far easier to focus on the anchor. This was probably because I could perch the kids around each point, and get them to smile whilst I took their photo. Unfortunately, something far more interesting on the roadside took their attention, hence the look away aspect of the shot!

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

mollymcmo said...

that anchor is cool and big!