United Evangelical Church

United Evangelical Church

In its brief 50 year history, the building on William Street which began as the United Evangelical Church took on several roles, from Church to Telegraph Office to offices for the Department of Public Instruction.


Commandant’s Cottage and those who lived there

In a quiet courtyard between William Street and George Street can be found the footprint of the cottage constructed for the commandants of Moreton Bay. A long building with one verandah facing the river and one facing north, it was located away from those places occupied by convicts and soldiers. High on the bank it […]

Commissariat Store with the 1913 additional storey clearly identified

Commissariat Store (former)

One of only two buildings surviving in Brisbane from the era of the Moreton Bay penal settlement, the Commissariat Store was constructed in 1828-29. In 2014 it operates as a museum dedicated to the convict history of Brisbane and is the headquarters of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland (RHSQ).

The scaffolding had yet to be removed from the river side of the Centenary extension when this 1960 image was taken. The original 1879 section, designed by Stanley to include a skylight, stands out in a part of the city with no modern high-rise buildings. The skylight was removed in 1964-65.

State Library (former)

Brisbane’s first purpose built museum, completed in 1879 in William Street, was considered high above any flood levels that might threaten Queen’s Wharf. Modelled on sixteenth century Italianate buildings, the museum was designed by FDG Stanley, the government architect.