Today, 138 years ago, on Saturday, 2 August 1884, the Bowen Terrace Estate in New Farm was being advertised for sale.
1884 Bowen Terrace Estate - New Farm, Brisbane
The Bowen Terrace Estate was advertised in the local papers on the days leading up to the sale.
The Bowen Terrace Estate covers Lower Bowen Terrace (map shows as Bowen Terrace), Merthyr Road (map shows as Boundary Street), Sydney Street, Mark Street (map shows as Marks Street), Abbott Street, Reginald Street, Herbert Street and Moray Street.
Check out the 1946 Aerial view of the Bowen Terrace Estate.
1946 Aerial Photo of Bowen Terrace Estate
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Newspaper Advertisement - The Brisbane Courier - Page 8
This day on the ground at half past two o'clock.
The Bowen Terrace Estate, New Farm!
Directly opposite the residences of the Hon. S.W Griffith, the Hon. J. S. Turner and adjoining George Raff Esquire.
John W. Todd has been instructed to sell by Auction on Saturday, 2nd August at 2:30,
140 Grand City Villa Sites, being subdivisions of allotments 19 and 20, City of Brisbane.
This matchless estate will be sold entirely on its merits. The terms are extremely easy. One-fourth cash, balance at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months with 8 per cent interest added. Title, Real Property Act.
The allotments are all fit for Building Purposes.
The surroundings are of the most respectable and most interesting character. The neighbourhood reminds one of the Merry Homes of Old England - Large and Elegant Mansions, Beautiful and ever-changing river scenery. Pleasures in sound, sight and nature.
The BOWEN TERRACES ESTATE needs no strange tale not the delineation of imaginary ideas to recommend it. The Auctioneer has only to urge intending buyers to inspect assuredly knowing that inspection will lead to purchases and buying will eventuate in either erecting comfortable mansions or an increase in wealth, as the land must necessarily, from its central and premier position, enhance in value as the months roll on.
Remember - the land is elevated; like a bowling green; every inch available; and dry; while other localities are soppy, soft and uncomfortable.
The soil is good and suitable, without trouble, for the growth of plants, flowers, vegetables, cereals, etc., etc.
The Bowen Terrace Estate is bounded by the cleanest and best streets in the city, a chain wide each, and are within ten minutes ride of the General Post Office.
Every facility is given for settlement. Omnibuses run every quarter of an hour. The Tramway will, within the next eight months, be plying to the locality, while Gas, Water, and other Luxuries are each and all the property of those who are fortunate enough to secure one or more of these charming city villa sites.
The sale will commence sharp at 2:30 as the Auctioneer is instructed to clear off every lot, if possible, before sundown, and he is not hampered or tied down with any prohibitive reserves. The Proprietor feeling assured that the Public will appraise the allotments at their fair value, and purchase accordingly. Everyone has thus a chance to secure valuable sites for themselves, their friends, or their families.
The Bowen Terrace Estate needs no homily to proclaim its merits, nor any lengthened description of its inherent qualities.
Judge for Yourselves, Inspect for Yourselves.
Attend the Sale, Secure the Land.
Saturday, 2nd August.
Omnibuses leave the Mart at 2 o'clock, 2.10, 2.20, 2.30, 2.40, 2.50 and 3 o'clock.