Orr and Honeyman

Orr and Honeyman

Orr and Honeyman

Circled in red are Store no. 1 (closest) and Store no. 2, constructed by Orr and Honeyman. The photograph was taken in the 1870s.

With a view to making their fortunes, Matthew Brown Orr and James Honeyman arrived in Moreton Bay from Scotland on the Helenslee on 6 August 1862. To create an address for their enterprise they chose Queen’s Wharf, specifically allotment no. 5 which they purchased from its first owner, Thomas Dowse, sometime in 1863.

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city electric power station

City Electric Light Company power house

city electric power station

Inside the CEL William Street Power House, c1915, showing the turbo alternator. SLQ image 39142.

In the early years of the twentieth century a power generating station was constructed at the corner of William and Margaret Streets, where Pettigrew’s Sawmill had once been. Constructed by the City Electric Light Company Limited, this station provided power to the city until larger stations such as that at Bulimba took over.

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The rebuilt Sanitation Depot wharf is at the lower left side of the image, making its contribution to the industrial nature of Queen’s Wharf in the first half of the twentieth

Sanitation Depot

Sanitation centre

The rebuilt Sanitation Depot wharf is at the lower left side of the image, making its contribution to the industrial nature of Queen’s Wharf in the first half of the twentieth

The history of the Queen’s Wharf precinct is linked to infrastructure, industry and transport rather than residential development, a matter clearly shown in the location in 1890, slightly upstream of Queen’s Wharf, of the Sanitation Depot.

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Pettigrew Saw Mill

Pettigrew Co. Sawmill

Pettigrew Saw Mill

Photograph taken in 1893 shows the water inundation of Pettigrew’s sawmill. The mill buildings are located in front of and behind the chimney in the mid right of the photograph

The largest landowner on Queen’s Wharf during the nineteenth century, William Pettigrew, was from Ayrshire, Scotland. A trained surveyor, through his association with Dr John Dunmore Lang he migrated to Queensland, arriving in Brisbane on the Fortitude in January 1849. As the expected land grants associated with this immigration scheme proved non-existent, Pettigrew surveyed with the Government Surveyor Warner before joining Commissioner of Crown Lands Stephen Simpson in his journeys around the region. He also set out the plan on site for Simpson’s new home, Wolston House.

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