Merthyr, a former residential suburb that is now a locality in the southern part of New Farm, is 1.5 km east of central Brisbane. Separated from the city by the Brisbane River and Kangaroo Point, Merthyr is reached by Ann and Brunswick Streets.

In 1880 Queensland's Premier Samuel Griffith built his residence in Llewellyn Street overlooking Brisbane River, and named it Merthyr. Griffith's birthplace was Merthyr Tydfil, a Welsh iron town. Griffith died at Merthyr in 1920, and his life is remembered by Merthyr Road, Merthyr Park along the river's edge and Griffith Street.

Further Reading: 

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

New Farm entry


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