With its proximity to salty waters, air of faded grandeur and sense of infinite optimism, there is something almost Venetian about the Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe which celebrates its history with the Teneriffe Festival each year.
Once a bustling centre of commerce and now the stamping ground of trendy new urban dwellers, fragments of Teneriffe’s history continue to burst through the contemporary surface. https://www.weekendnotes.com/teneriffe-walking-tour/
This tucked away hilltop rendered brick homestead was designed by Melbourne architect William Ellerker and built in 1865 for Hon James Gibbon MLC. In 1882 he sold it to importer Robert Wilson who subdivided the land and glammed up and extended the house substantially with a billiards wing, extra bathrooms with plunge baths, a butler’s pantry and extra servants’ rooms.
Like so many restless renovators, not long after it was finshed Wilson sold up and moved on, leaving the house to a further succession of high profile owners including bank managers and eventually, in 1905 a grazier Reginald Hillcoat and his family moved in after World War I in 1919. http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/visitor-info-arts-culture-history/teneriffe-house-teneriffe
TENERIFFE WOOLSTORE APARTMENTS
Situated in the historic woolstore buildings, close to cafes, restaurants, theatres and shopping in Teneriffe, New Farm and the city, these trendy apartment buildings offers all the benefits of inner city living.
In 2003, Meridien refurbished the old iconic wool stores into unique contemporary 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. http://www.saratogaapartments.com.au/
Teneriffe was born in 1854, when a property speculator named James Gibbon purchased a parcel of land between Newstead and New Farm and named it Teneriffe.
Following the dredging of the Brisbane river, the area became largely industrial as new depths allowed large ships to travel further upstream. By 1907, the size and number of vessels travelling to Brisbane’s South and City ports had increased to the point where new wharves were built in Teneriffe to accommodate them https://www.eplace.com.au/lifestyle/a-timeline-of-the-teneriffe-woolstores-history
During World War II, the navy requisitioned the Woolstores and their wharves to form Australia’s largest submarine base, housing around 60 submarines based at Teneriffe. The facilities were home to both American and British officers, referred to as ‘Capricorn Wharf’.
When Brisbane’s major port opened further upstream, the Woolstores, wharves and railway all closed, left in an unused state of decay. In the late 1980s, this once booming industrial centre had transformed into a state of economic stagnation, urban decay and crime. Slipping into a ghost town of degeneration, something had to be done to bring life back to Teneriffe.