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Brisbane River, Bulimba Reach
Current Location: Queensland Art Gallery
Creator: Artist Isaac Walter Jenner
Where Made: Brisbane
Description: Oil painting on cardboard. 12.8 x 20cm.
Qld Art Gallery image:
Curator's notes: The suburb of Bulimba was largely a rural and agricultural area for most of the
nineteenth century. In 1849 David McConnel bought land at `Tugulawa'' and began
the construction of Bulimba House. This was one of the first grand houses built
in Brisbane and the earliest stone house to survive. Donald Coutts later bought
the estate and, in 1864, auctioned off much of the land which was subsequently
divided into farms. In 1865 coal and some alluvial gold was found in the area,
but it remained primarily rural.
A boat building industry also began in the 1860s with names like Crouch and
Wright achieving local fame. In 1880 another industrial complex, the Apollo
Candleworks was established, and a tin smelting works shortly afterwards. By
1894 when Isaac Walter Jenner painted `Bulimba Reach, Brisbane River'' the
industrial activity of the suburb had progressed even further as attested by his
inclusion of several smokestacks in the painting. The steam and sail boats on
the river further the impression of a busy port.
For further information on this work see Acc. no. 2004.194.001 `Additional
Glenn, R. Cooke, Research Curator, Queensland Heritage, Aug. 2004.
Gift from the Estate of Dr Elizabeth (Pat) Marks through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2004