Day 51: Sweet success

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THERE I was, just sauntering along the riverfront path at New Farm to see where it might take me, when I noticed a white picket fence that looked strangely out of place in this rather modern precinct.

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So that explains the fence.

Once I started to pay a bit more attention, I also noticed an old colonial building and beyond that, a large red brick industrial looking place that was a residential block but obviously had known a previous life.

My curiosity piqued, I looked around and soon found some plaques explaining all.

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River walk with a story to follow

It was the old CSR sugar refinery that had ceased operations only in 1998. The area has quite a story to tell.

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New Farm river walk

New Farm, it turns out, was named for very practical reasons – in 1839 it became the second farm area for Brisbane, Old Farm being in South Brisbane.

The area where I was standing in Teneriffe was low-lying and had been drained in the 1880s.

The Colonial Sugar Refinery, was built in 1893 and fitted out with machinery mainly imported from Scotland.

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Memories of the old refinery

A wharf was built along the riverfront and sugar was exported around the world.

The whole area was industrial at the time but a new vision has seen Teneriffe and its old industrial buildings move into an upmarket residential precinct that has become something of a Millionaire’s Row.

The heritage-registered sugar refinery was converted into apartments called Cutter’s Landing and the old manager’s cottage is now a gym for its residents but from the outside, still evokes another era.

It’s definitely worth a visit, as there are plenty of signs attached to the riverside fencing telling the site’s history.

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Picket fence looks strangely out of place.

The new jetty has inlaid plaques with a timeline of events and, set in a garden, is a series of posts telling fascinating little yarns from the refinery’s heyday.

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Story boards

It value-adds a pleasant walk with lots of good yarns.