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Posted on 04/22/2010


Photo taken on April 18, 2010


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Unique Individual You

Unique Individual You
If you thought it was all about me, you are wrong. It is about you, unique individual YOU.

This is the Brisbane Arcade in Brisbane, a remnant of our colonial past.

There is this rather large silvery "thing" in the middle and I am not sure if it is a desecration of the arcade to have it there.

Overlook whether you like the sculpture, but what do you think about having a modern piece of sculpture in a heritage arcade.

Brisbane Arcade is one of the oldest shopping Arcades in Brisbane and certainly the only one still in its original form.

Patrick Mayne migrated from Ireland about the 1840s. Patrick’s reputation in the colony was of a cruel, brutal bully who was feared by most.

Even though the Mayne patriarch became an extremely wealthy man, he was less than discreetly shut out of clubs and polite society in general.

He confessed to the murder, robbery and dismemberment of Robert Cox shortly before he died, probably of syphilis, in 1865.
Built in 1923 for Dr James Mayne and his sister Miss Mary Emelia Mayne, Brisbane Arcade is heritage listed and is packed with architectural features befitting a traditional European shopping arcade.

James and Mary Emelia, were the two last survivors of the six children of the Mayne family and built the Brisbane Arcade. They died in 1939 and 1940. None of the Mayne children married or had any children themselves.

James was a wealthy surgeon, and a great benefactor to the University of Queensland. He gave the university the land to build their St Lucia campus on.

Brisbane Arcade continues to be operated today in its original form by the Trustees of the Mayne siblings' estate and operating proceeds benefit the University of Queensland Medical School and Medical Research.

We live in interesting times.

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Next day edit:
OK I must change my thoughts then as I am obviously in a minority.
I didn't do any closeups, and in fact the photo isn't very sharp.
I took it with my mobile phone in passing.

Actually I was intrigued in finding the history as well. The UOQ is Brisbanes oldest and most stately university, and has just celebrated its 100 year anniversary last week.

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