Australia facts &
history in brief
Brisbane is the capital, largest city
and an important port of Queensland
on the Brisbane River,
on the east coast of Australia.
Population over 1 million.
Founded in 1824 as a penal colony.
Named after the Scottish soldier and
patron of astronomy, Sir Thomas Brisbane,
governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825.
In 1909 Brisbane's university was founded.
Brisbane has some major industries,
including oil-refining, shipbuilding,
textile, and agricultural machinery manufacture.
though rather hot.
I'd like the story about the
unfinished Catholic Cathedral.
It goes something like
that, as I recall;
Most of the funds were gathered,
the foundations were laid and the
building had started.
The Third Reich or
Hitler had some 'momentary'
cash flow problem and the
local Bishop felt like
giving a helping hand
1 million Australian Pounds
to the 'urgent need" of the
Third Reich. -
(As told by the tour guide.)
The foundations looked like
some Middle Age ruins in 1987.
One 'helluwa' good story though.
There seemed to be a spark of life at the rear.
It appeared as though the Crypt/Chapel
was "finished" and used or "lived
in" at some stage.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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