Get to know Tom Petrie

What would it be like to meet Tom Petrie, one of Brisbane's first settlers? You can find out in new additions to the Royal Historical Society of Queensland's displays at the Commissariat Store on William Street.

ToadShow recently completed a Tom Petrie multimedia interactive for the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. When visitors press question buttons, an on-screen Tom answers in a series of short videos about growing up in 1840s Brisbane. The videos are based on Tom Petrie's Reminiscenes of Early Queensland, written down by his daughter Constance. It is one of very few first-hand accounts of Brisbane's convict era.

To extend the display of early Brisbane Town of the Tom Petrie era, ToadShow also produced a interactive panorama allowing visitors to scroll across a watercolour painting, dated 1835. You can pause to select buildings and learn about their history.

Interesting factoid:
Commissariat Store, bordered by William Street, Queen's Wharf Road and the Brisbane River, is the second oldest building in Queensland (1829) the oldest building being the Windmill on Wickham Terrace (1828). However, the Commissariat Store is the oldest occupied building in Queensland, currently being the home of Royal Historical Society of Queensland.


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Royal Historical Society of Queensland


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The Gap Queensland 4061



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