Unveiling the T. J. Byrnes statue, Brisbane 1902. Dara overlooks the scene. Collection State Library of Queensland

Collection State Library of Queensland

At the beginning of the twentieth century Brisbane trailed behind Sydney and Melbourne in the provision of parks and monuments, a defect which troubled progressive citizens.

One of the first provisions made by the new Queensland Parliament in May 1860 was to encourage immigration to the vast land area encompassed by the newly declared colony. By the end of the yea

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