Treasury Building, Brisbane

Treasury Building, Brisbane

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The former Queensland Government Treasury Building, is located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on a city block surrounded by George Street, Queen Street, Elizabeth Street and William Street.

The building is positioned at North Quay, near the northern end of Victoria Bridge and the Elizabeth Street frontage is opposite the Queens Gardens. In the 1890s and early 1900s the imposing Treasury Building served as a symbol of self-government and as a focus for celebratory and patriotic displays.

History

Prior to the Treasury Building's construction the site housed a two-storey military barracks. In 1901 the proclamation of the federation of the Australian Commonwealth was read by the Governor of Queensland Baron Lamington from a balcony on the William Street elevation.

The Queensland Government Cabinet met in the building until the 1905, when the Premier's Department moved into the Executive Building (subsequently known as the Lands Administration Building) in George Street. Subsequently, more departments moved out and the Treasury Building, along with the Lands Administration Building were sold and now form the Treasury Casino.

Construction

The Treasury was erected in three stages between 1886 and 1928. In 1883 a design competition for a two-storeyed building was won by Melbourne architects Grainger and D'Ebro. However this design was never used as the Queensland Colonial Architect, John James Clark, argued...
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