I’m starting to make a list of things that I want to do when I resurface for air (perhaps) in a few months. One of the things that is on my list is the newish Colonial Brisbane Heritage Walk. It’s all part of the Q150 celebrations. Yes the sesquicentenary – I love that word and just don’t get to use it often enough. Clearly the state government has decided that Q150 is easier to say and write. You can go to the website, download a mp3 file and walk yourself through the CBD. You can also find the map from the above link if you are less tech-savvy or don’t have a mp3 player.
Other than the fact that it would simply be a fun family activity, I also want to do it because it takes you past many of the buildings that would have been of significance to the Jaeckels. There’s the Land Administration building, the Immigration depot, the offices of the Moreton Bay Courier that chronicled the arrival of most migrant ships, some old hotels and government buildings. I’m hoping to get a sense for how Brisbane must have appeared to the Jaeckels. I think I will have to focus hard though to tune out the traffic and plethora of modern buildings.