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Commissariat Store, Brisbane

Commissariat Store, Brisbane

Commissariat Store, Brisbane

Commissariat Store, Brisbane, is located at the birthplace of Brisbane and Queensland. This heritage-listed building is one of only two surviving buildings from the convict period in Queensland and is one of only four surviving commissariat buildings in Australia.

The Commissariat Store is the oldest occupied building in Queensland, currently occupied by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland (RHSQ). The Commissariat Store was originally built by convict labor. It has been restored and renovated building housing the museum and library.

A Tour of the Commissariat Store, Brisbane

  • Post Box 1884

Post Box 1884

Commissariat Store, Brisbane - Joy of Museums - Post Box 1884

Post Box 1884

This Post Box from 1884 is a pillar box type. A post box or postbox is also known as a collection box, mailbox, letterbox, or dropbox. It is a physical box into which the public can deposit outgoing mail intended for collection by the country’s postal service.

This pillar box is a type of Post Box that could be found in most former nations of the British Empire. Including members of the Commonwealth of Nations and British overseas territories, such as Australia, Cyprus, India, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka.

Mail was deposited in pillar boxes to be collected by the postal service. The boxes were introduced in  1852, just twelve years after the introduction of the first adhesive postage stamps. Before the introduction of pillar boxes, it was customary to take outgoing mail to the nearest letter-receiving house or post office. In rural areas, such houses were usually coaching inns or turnpike houses where the postal service coach would stop to pick up and set down mails and passengers.

Post Box 1884

  • Title:                     Post Box
  • Artist:                   1884
  • Original Owner:    Australia Post
  • Type:                     Pillar box
  • Museum:              Commissariat Store, Brisbane

Commissariat Store, Brisbane

  • Name:                       Commissariat Store, Brisbane
  • Built:                         1829
  • Type:                         Local History
  • Location:                  115 William Street, Brisbane
  • City:                           Brisbane

A Tour of Museums  in Australia

Australian Proverbs and Quotes

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“‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
– Voltaire

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Photo Credit: GM

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