Museum of Brisbane

The view from here vista finds a new home

The vista installed in The view from here Image credit: PhotoCo

One past exhibition that our visitors continue to rave about is The view from here: The photographic world of Alfred Elliott 1890-1940. This exhibition captured turn of the century Brisbane through the lens of amateur photographer Alfred Elliott, and allowed visitors to see how our city has changed over the past century.

The centrepiece of the exhibition was a 12m long sweeping  vista of Brisbane in 1895 taken from the observation deck of the famous old Windmill on Wickham Terrace. The vista was recently purchased from the Museum by the Federal Court of Australia, and our exhibition team has completed its installation in its new home at the Commonwealth Law Courts on Tank Street, Brisbane.

The Courts purchased the vista because it shows Tank Street not long after renowned English judge, Lord Atkin of Aberdovey, was born there in 1867. Most famous for establishing the general duty of  care in negligence in the case of Donoghue v Stevenson, commonly referred to as the “snail in the bottle” case, Lord Atkin’s connection to Tank St, Brisbane was only recently rediscovered.

After the story of Lord Atkin and his family was unearthed by Professor Gerard Carney, the Court installed a plaque in 2012 at the Tank Street entrance to the Commonwealth Law Courts commemorating the birthplace of Lord Atkin. The Court hopes that The view from here vista will complement the plaque, and help visitors understand what our city was like around the time Lord Atkin and his family lived here.

Members of the public are welcome to view the vista on Level 7 of the Commonwealth Law Courts, on Federal Court sitting days.

Further information about Lord Atkin and his Brisbane ties is available here.

Top image: The vista installed in The view from here
Image credit: PhotoCo