Town Reach Brisbane River

Town Reach Brisbane River

A postcard from Angela in England.

I am guessing, but I think this picture looks north-east towards Petrie Bight from Customs House. It’s probably dated between 1900 to 1910. Unfortunately there’s no stamp on the back of the postcard, and no postmark. The writer didn’t date the card, so we can only guess!

At the turn of the century, Petrie Bight, downstream from the city centre was occupied by wharves.

The houses in the top right of the picture are probably on Bowen Terrace, New Farm.

For comparison, see another picture of this area around the same time.

RMS Baltic

RMS Baltic

A Postcard from Miry.

RMS Baltic is the twin funnelled ship whose stern is visibile in the picture.

At the time she was built in 1903, RMS Baltic was the largest ship in the world, with a GRT of 23,876 and a length of over 222 metres.

She was the third of a set of four ships dubbed “The Big Four”, abd built for the famous White Star line by Harland and Wolff in Belfast – the same yard that made RMS Titanic.

Her maiden voyage was from Liverpool (the port seen in the picture) to New York in 1904. Her Captain, Edward J Smith was later to be the captain of RMS Titanic in 1912.

In 1909 she rescued survivors of the collision between another White Star Liner, RMS Republic, and SS Florida off the coast of Newfoundland.

In 1912 she transmitted ice warnings to RMS Titanic before that ship’s fateful collision with an iceberg.

In 1929 she rescured passengers of the sinking ship, Northern Light.

She was scrapped in Osaka in 1933.

This postcard was mailed in 1928 from Liverpool to France (see reverse side for details).

So much history in one postcard. How wonderful!

The Tank Stream

The Tank Stream

One of the reasons the first fleet decided to set up camp in Sydney Cove was because of the fresh water.

A small stream called “The Tank Stream” flowed into the harbour near where they landed.

Today it’s covered over by roads, railway lines, wharves and 200 years of other city “stuff”.

But if you look closley on the pavement at the top of Pitt Street near Circular Quay, you can see this marker which shows where the stream flows.

And if you’re lucky enough, you can be one of the few tourists who gets to do an underground tour of what’s left of the stream.

Look up “Tank Stream” on wikipedia of you’re interested.

It’s amazing what history lies under our feet, waiting to be rediscovered.