CANCELLED: Waterworks Rd: The Track that made Brisbane by Peter Eedy
April 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Ashgrove resident Peter Eedy will present ‘Waterworks Road – The track that made Brisbane’. The presentation will provide a descriptive and visual history of Brisbane’s early water supply systems from 1825 onward, and their impact on the development of the town through to the late 1800s. Prolonged droughts aside, Brisbane now has an adequate and clean water supply for a large city. However, for over 40 years after the establishment of the Moreton Bay penal colony, residents relied on a murky reservoir located on the edge of the town centre, and their own roofwater collection. The presentation will outline how the construction of the Enoggera Reservoir and its supply pipeline through the hills of west Ashgrove and Bardon to the town centre in the mid-1860s were pivotal for Brisbane’s economic boom during the 1880s, and the concurrent population explosion. In addition to the enhanced supply of potable water, other benefits accrued: the creek that ran through the town centre was progressively piped and filled, reducing flash flooding and allowing for more development. The piped water supply also permitted the formation of an effective fire brigade.
Peter’s professional background is in architecture, but in his retirement he has become a hobby historian, with a particular interest in Brisbane’s physical, social and sports histories.