The Old Way

July 5th, 2012

Once upon a time, a creek ran through the centre of what’s now Brisbane’s central business district. The exact path is lost to the ages now, and no doubt it changed over time anyway, as watercourses do, but we do have its remnant fossil: the enclosed storm water drainage system built in the mid 1870s.

With the inimitable Curly visiting from wherever in the world she’d just been, and insistent on seeing Brisbane’s oldest infrastructure, we made our way into what is probably the most convoluted and inconvenient route to a stormwater system I’ve experienced.

It’s not a pleasant place. The old brickwork, and once stonework, before recent years’ development swept that away, is tainted with content that should not be spilling directly into the river, but such is the way of things. Curly, an enthusiastic and seasoned hand at such places finds delight in such specifics, however, and explored the upper sections while I was lighting oviform brick junctions.

Really, it’s probably fair to say that this is a place that almost never gets foot traffic unless someone’s in from out of town. It’s just not a nice place to hang around, even by underground terms. I wasn’t sad to pack up and go.

That said, when in the fresh night air, aboveground again, the effort and unpleasantness turns to satisfaction and accomplishment, and it’s suddenly easier to appreciate why we go into such places to begin with. It’s good to do unpleasant and unappealing things, sometimes. Especially after the fact.

3 Responses to “The Old Way”

  1. crazytrain1978on 05 Jul 2012 at 8:31 am

    Great post :) just love the look of that oviform! This place is at the top of my list to find a way in :) despite your descriptions of disgustingness!

  2. tocsin_bangon 05 Jul 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Nice to see some updates :-)

    Nice ‘Egg’ brickwork too…

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