Cultural Heritage Significance
NOTE: content still under development.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha is not listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, but is described in the Oxford Companion to Gardens (Aitken and Looker, 2001, page 105) thus:
“After so many flood events at the city BBG, Brisbane City Council (in particular Harry Caulfield and Ray Steward) began searching for an alternative location for a new BG. They recommended Anzac Park, Toowong and some of the Mt Coot-tha Reserve adjacent. Unfortunately that link to Anzac Park was severed with the construction of the Western Freeway in 1975-1979). The initial development of MCBG occurred 1970-1973 and the first designer was landscape architect Deane Miller. The MCBG was officially opened in 1976. Curators have been: Barry Dangerfield (1975-1980); Harry Caulfield (1980-1982); Ross McKinnon (1982-2014); and now Dale Arvidsson.”
Richard Randall Art Studio
This heritage listed place now resides at BBG, Mt Coot-tha. Not many other places (none!) can boast of being moved twice and still retain themselves on the Queensland Heritage Register.
“The Richard Randall Art Studio was purpose-built in 1900 as a two-storey timber studio and residence for Queensland artist Richard John Randall. While located at its original address at 72 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, it served as the artist’s residence, art studio, classroom and gallery for the last 6 years of his life, before his untimely death in 1906 at the age of 37. Subsequently used as a residence, the upper floor of the studio was saved from demolition in 1988 when it was purchased by the Brisbane City Council and moved to a site in Musgrave Park. In 2007 the studio was relocated for a second time to its current location within the grounds of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Toowong.”[History section, online citation for Richard Randall Art Studio, site Number 600299, accessed 12 October 2015; https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/heritage-register/detail/?id=600299 ]
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ARTWORKS in MCBG
There are several sculptural works in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, including: