Woolloongabba Fiveways, Woolloongabba.
Here we have an early photograph that I took for Passing Time in the early days, though never posted this arrangement. Instead I posted a three pieced picture that showed the change the had been through from 1900 to the 1920s and on to 2017.
Sadly the only building that appears in any heritage register is the Taylor Heaslop Building, which is the tall building to the left.
The building was erected in 1890 to the design of John Beauchamp Nicholson and was a set of three attached shops built for Brisbane chemist, Walter Taylor and South Brisbane grocer brothers, James and Thomas Heaslop. The centre shop and the northwest shop belonged to Taylor and were built as an investment while the third shop, the largest of them all was built to house the Heaslop’s highly successful Peoples Cash Store.
I can not be certain as to when the verandahs were removed from the building, but they most likely were removed during the 1920s when other buildings in the area were “modernised”.
From 1936 onwards Moreton Bay Rubber Works occupied the site for their offices.
The small building in front of the Taylor Heaslop Building was built for Brisbane chemist and dentist, Thomas Watson Thomason in 1886. I can not be sure if the building that sits there today is the same, but it does appear to have the upper level verandahs and parapet in the 1920s photograph. It sadly doesn’t appear in any heritage register.
The building on the opposite side of Logan Road, which also doesn’t appear in any heritage register, appears to have had the verandahs removed from the Planet Cycles building by the 1920s, while the rest remained. Information found in the heritage register indicates that the shop fronts were remodelled during this period.
This area boomed as both a working class residential district and a commercial centre due to the railway line that opened in 1884 and connected South Brisbane to the Ipswich Line at Corinda. The purpose of this railway was to bring coal from West Morton to the ships at South Brisbane.