Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Mr Simon Crooks said this survey plan from 1864 with the words ‘Queen’s Wharf’ on it goes to show just how important this area has been to Brisbane history.
“The Queens Wharf name will be cemented in history again with the completion of the new survey plans that Destination Brisbane Consortium is proud to have partnered with Bennett + Bennett and the State Government to deliver,” Mr Crooks said.
“I think the people of 1864 would be tremendously proud of what we are creating here for future generations of Queenslanders to enjoy.”
To further commemorate the moment, the DNRME with the help of the QLD museum arranged for the original survey plan B351 dated from 1864 to be present on site along with the new survey plan completed by Bennett + Bennett and a plaque honouring the arrival of the first 3 surveyors in Queensland on 7th May 1839. The original survey plan is one of the oldest records available that identifies the actual location of the Queens Wharf with some of the original buildings still being used to define the survey boundaries today.
Mr Jacoby reflected “The 1864 survey plan is a priceless record for our city and helps contextualise how the area was developed following colonial settlement. As we look to the future, it’s good to know there will be a historical precinct to help tell some of the stories of past and present day features of this place for people who visit. Recognising the role surveyors have played in our society over time is a great reminder that we are now on the cusp of an exciting new era for surveying and the spatial sciences in Queensland. The modern day surveyor contends with an array of high-tech tools and technologies, both terrestrial and airborne, satellite imaging, global positioning and remote sensing visualisations so precise it can be hard to imagine life before super computers but there certainly was a lot going on when you look at the historic survey plans of this area.”
Bennett + Bennett are proud to be involved in this important project for Brisbane.