This thoroughfare between Spring Hill and the Brisbane CBD was indeed little more than a ladder in its early days. A dirt track with hand rails, it enabled the upper crust who inhabited Wickham Terrace (one of Brisbane’s premier residential streets in the mid to late 19th century) access to the commercial district below.
In the 1920’s steps were constructed and these were reworked in 1961 when Brisbane City Council took over the park. From 1891 to its demolition towards the end of the Joh regime in 1986, the grand classical Trades Hall building flanked one side where its neighbouring IBM tower is now.
In the past couple of years it has been rejuvenated with colour so that those standing at the base see red (which can be see as far away as Kangaroo Point) and those at the top see a palette of soft rainbow colours.
King Edward Park
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