Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has cast his eye over prominent Brisbane figure Andrew Petrie – the man behind a number of the city’s first infrastructure projects.

•Born in Scotland in 1789, Petrie moved to Sydney in 1831 as a part of the free workers movement.

•In 1837 Petrie was sent to Brisbane to supervise construction of the colony, with his first important task to repair the mechanism of the Spring Hill windmill which had never worked properly.

•Following this Petrie undertook trips to Ipswich, Dunwich, the Logan River and Amity Point, inspecting and supervising building works.

•Petrie was the first white man to climb Mount Beerwah, one of the Glass House Mountains and he was also the first to bring samples of the Bunya Pine back from the Blackall Ranges in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

•Following the declaration of free settlement in 1842, Andrew Petrie stayed and established a construction firm which by 1870 was playing a critical role in the transformation of Brisbane into a thriving town.

•Petrie designed ferry landings, floating public baths, the bridge over Breakfast Creek and a water-powered ferry.


•His firm was also responsible for the construction of the General Post Office, Customs House, the first Brisbane hospital, as well as a number of banks and stores.

•The Petrie family remained prominent with Petrie’s eldest son, John Petrie becoming the first Mayor of Brisbane.

•You can learn more about the Petrie family on the Cultural Heritage Public Art Trail.

•You can download the trail map at brisbane.qld.gov.au.

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