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Early Brisbane Infrastructure - Roads - Railway - Bridges

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Brisbane's historical infrastructure contained here in the various stories.

Wickham Street was the original route to Fortitude Valley. It followed the course of a creek between what was two ridges. Many refinements over the years has changed what was predominately an unsurveyed track of twists and turns.

Stanley Street started from the Milton reach of the Brisbane River at South Brisbane and finally ended up in East Brisbane. It has its history as the main business area of South Brisbane and being further extended to cater for the growing metropolis of South Brisbane.

New Sandgate Road was a deviation from what was known as the road to Sandgate. The original road had various steep gradients not suitable to cater for the usage rates it was receiving in transporting produce to Brisbane.

Proposed Bridges is the story of the quandary the city fathers found themselves in when trying to solve the transportation needs of a growing city.

Breakfast Creek Bridge details the importance and construction of this Bridge. Shows how some engineering projects can go wrong.

Woolloongabba Rail was the solution to match the established rail network to cater to the port areas of Brisbane. An example of how priorities of the era changed over time.

Sandgate Rail documents the project of building this railway and is a success story when it comes to project completion times.

Graving Dock is a maritime construction project which catered for the maintenance of ships in the port of Brisbane. The reliance of sandstone in many of the construction projects of early Brisbane is illustrated in this story.

Victoria Bridges is the saga of the Brisbane Corporation's attempts to build a bridge over the Brisbane River. The project lacked suitable funds to construct a bridge whose structure was able to resist the effects of nature.