Top of the Town

The ‘Top of the Town’ is a group of retail and commercial buildings along Brisbane Street in Ipswich (40ms west of Brisbane) that is fighting back against urban changes that saw a flight of business from the city’s CBD since at least the 1980s.

These old spaces now contain trendy coffee bars and antique shops among other new uses.  Most of the architecture is from the beginning of the 20th Century and the new activities are a good fit.

Images in this post provide a glimpse of the some of the items for sale now in the ‘Top of the Town’.

Sky tiles


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On my birthday I was presented with this fascinating cloud pattern that beautifully complemented the coloured tiling on the Clem7 tunnel exhaust in Brisbane’s Wooloongabba. Near to where I took the sky image was an antique shop which I checked … Continue reading

The past is mostly a foreign country

Europeans first settled on Darwin Harbour during the 1870s.  Since then the area has experienced waves of change which have left evidence of their impacts.

Several events in particular made their mark: the earliest settlement to service the undersea telegraph to Asia and Europe; gold mining in the late 19th Century which drew thousands of Chinese to the Top End; the growth of air transport and links to the wider world, expanding government presence and defence preparations between the wars; bombing raids on the town in 1942 and 1943; the growth of civil community after the war; and then Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

This post includes recent images recording some of the evidence of these events and changes.