Building Construction from 1899

Title:
Building Construction from 1899
NFSA ID:
251426
Year:
1899
Courtesy:
By arrangement with the Queensland Museum
Category:
Access fees

This actuality footage from 1899 shows workers carrying away rubble in wheelbarrows from a demolition site. As a man on the site watches, the wall they’ve just been working in front of crashes down.

Summary by Elizabeth Taggert - Speers

This actuality footage was filmed by the official photographer of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Frederick Charles Wills, and his assistant Henry William Mobsby. The location is unconfirmed but believed to be the site of the then new Agricultural Department building in William Street, Brisbane.

Building construction synopsis

This actuality footage, filmed in 1899, shows demolition workers carrying rubble away in wheelbarrows. A wall then crashes down.

 

Curator's notes

This actuality footage was filmed by the official photographer of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Frederick Charles Wills, and his assistant Henry William Mobsby in 1899.

The site is presumed to be William Street, Brisbane, with workers clearing the site of the then new Agricultural Department building. Wills did most of his filming in Brisbane and around Queensland, but also captured images in Sydney.

Notes by Elizabeth Taggert - Speers