Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ye Olde Pump

This is an old station pump - no longer in use but kept for posterity. It is situated at Breakfast Creek Wharf which, in the early days, was used to receive stores and various commercial materials such as coal and wool.

On the left hand side you have the time and the right hand side you have water measurements. Each were operated independently so that at any given time, one could view the water levels.

There's a little kitchenette downstairs meant that the pump operator could enjoy a little smoko now and then (when not overtaken by flood waters).

The creek gets its name from an early settler, John Oxley, who mapped the area in the early 1800s and it was from here he proposed the site for Brisbane. At the time this entire area was settled by Aborigines and when they disturbed him at breakfast one morning, he decided this event was worth naming. It's in the working class suburb of Newstead, about ten minutes out of the CBD.

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