Fortitude Valley

Developed to the north-east of Brisbane city, the Valley began life as a separate European settlement. Easily accessible by tram by the 1890s, the Valley, which was not flood-prone, had the largest department stores. These did not survive the rise of the car-based shopping centres, whereas the city proper managed to retain some of its department stores. The Valley experienced an urban renaissance in the 1980s and 1990s, when young people flocked to new night clubs, some in place of the brothels and illegal gambling joints of an earlier era.

Further Reading: 

Fortitude Valley Centenary Committee, Fortitude Valley centenary 1849-1949, Brisbane, The Committee, 1949

Phil Dickie, The road to Fitzgerald and beyond, St Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 1988

Booroodabin: a sesquicentenary history of Breakfast Creek, Bowen Hills, Newstead and Teneriffe, 1823-2009, Bowen Hills, Qld Women's Historical Assoc. Inc, 2009


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