The Making of a Metropolis: Brisbane, 1823-1925

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Boolarong Press, 2009 - Brisbane (Qld.) - 248 pages
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Brisbane began as a disreputable convict establishment. All the same it was named after the governor of New South Wales, General Sir Thomas Brisbane. Real development of the Moreton Bay district and Brisbane its maritime, administrative and commercial centre occurred quite rapidly after free settlement in 1842. When Queensland was separated from NSW and Brisbane was incorporated as a municipality in 1859, its attributes ensured that it would become capital of the new colony. Its pre-eminence was subsequently reflected in the political, social and cultural development of the city community. Despite the ravages of depressions in the mid-1860s and early-1890s, a high birth-rate and a vigorous immigration policy produced a rapidly increasing population. At the same time the central city administration became increasingly complex and more specialised and new suburban local authorities were created. Manufacturing also expanded as the needs and demands of the populace increased. Social groups and institutions emerged to provide much needed services for the populace, and cultural facilities followed as the community became more sophisticated. Brisbane had reached metropolitan status by 1925.
  

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Contents

The establishment of a district administration
12
The Emergence of a Metropolis 18591925
30
Cultural aspects of Brisbanes social development
87
Municipal works and services
130
Epilogue
161
List of tables and other appended details
163
Tables 13 Population and housing for Moreton Bay district 184661 Table 4 Population for town portions of police districts 1861 Table 5 Population ...
170
Gross capital formation in Queensland 18611925
176
Methods of estimating metropolitan population
182
Municipality of Brisbane ordinary expenditure 185979 Table 2 Municipality of Brisbane receipts and expenditure 186079
188
Notes
190
Bibliography
233
Measures
246
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