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Albion Heritage Trail

By Demi Treloar

The Amble About Albion Heritage Trail takes you on a journey through a range of places and events that have shaped Albion’s history, including:

  • early European settlement
  • war-time activity during World War II
  • its prominence as an industrial centre in the past
  • commercial success reflected in the historic Sandgate Road buildings.

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Amble About Albion Heritage Trail map and table

There are 18 points of interest along the Amble About Albion Heritage Trail. The trail begins at the Albion Hotel on Sandgate Road, up the hill to Whytecliffe and then down to Crosby Park. It weaves through Albion’s historic suburban streets and then travels back along Sandgate Road to Albion’s historic commercial centre.

For more information about each point of interest, download the Amble About Albion Heritage Trail brochure in your preferred format. The brochure map includes additional information such as the location of public transport, public toilets and access for people with limited mobility (by way of gradient ranges). Some sections of this 2.7 kilometre trail are steep and may not be accessible for people with limited mobility.

Use the Google map and information boxes to navigate the heritage trail, or alternatively use the heritage trail table which includes the point of interest number, name, address and description. The start point of the trail (on the map) is marked with a ‘person’ icon.

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NumberNameAddressDescription
1.The Albion Hotel300 Sandgate RoadThe Albion Hotel was established in 1864 and the suburb is believed to have been named after it.
2.Albion Flour Mill60 Hudson RoadThe historic flour mill that was built by the Gillespie Brothers in 1931, was tragically destroyed by fire in November 2013.
3.Dunaverty21 Birkbeck StreetOne of the unusual features of this 1880s house is the personalised detailing throughout the house that reflects its first owner’s Scottish background.
4.Hampton Court436 Sandgate RoadThis set of 1938 flats is a rare example of Functionalist architecture in Brisbane.
5.Highlands469 Sandgate RoadThis is one of the earliest remaining houses in the area and was constructed in 1869.
6.Whytecliffe469 Sandgate RoadThis grand house was built in 1876 for Queensland’s first Crown Solicitor, Robert Little.
7.O’Driscoll Hall469 Sandgate RoadFollowing the Catholic Church’s purchase of the property, St Columban’s Boys’ School was established in 1928 and this large brick building was constructed.
8.Crosby Park and Chinese MarketCrosby RoadIn the late 19th Century, beside what is now known as Crosby Park, were several Chinese Market Gardens that supplied the town with most of their fresh fruit and vegetables.
9.Albion Park RacecourseAdjacent to Crosby ParkBefore the adjacent racecourse was established, the site was used as an amusement park in the late 19th Century, known as the Breakfast Creek Sports Ground.
10.The US Chemical Warfare ServiceCrosby ParkDuring World War II, Crosby Park was used by the US Army Chemical Warfare Service.
11.Ellen Street Workers’ CottageEllen StreetEllen Street is one of Albion’s most historic streets with a streetscape of small workers’ cottages built in the late 1880s.
12.The Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows Lodge Hall (MUIOOF)12 Gore StreetAs a benevolent society, the MUIOOF provided financial assistance to its members and their dependants in times of great need.
13.Stephan’s Saddlery201 Sandgate RoadCA Stephan established his successful saddlery business on this site circa 1895 which continued to manufacture and sell horse-related products here well into the 1950s.
14.Albion Building297 Sandgate RoadThe Albion Building was constructed in 1927 at a time when Albion was experiencing an era of growth and prosperity.
15.Wyllie’s Buildings299 Sandgate RoadThis attractive brick building was built between 1910 and 1911 for successful Albion hardware retailer, JR Wyllie & Sons.
16.Albion Post Office349 Sandgate RoadThis building was once the Albion Post Office and was constructed between 1925 and 1926.
17.Albion Public Hall344 Sandgate RoadBuilt in 1887, this public hall became the centre for Albion’s social events and entertainment.
18.State Butcher shop336 Sandgate RoadIn 1917 this shop became one of the first State Butcher shops in Queensland, a government scheme intended to stabilise prices of household staples.

Original source: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sports-leisure/walking/walking-trails/heritage-trails/amble-about-albion-heritage-trail

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