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Old November 27th, 2008, 03:34 AM   #1
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Australian BREWERIES

Thought id start a thread on the much loved aussie brewery.
such great industrial architecture.

The tallest tower to be built in Aus still stands. just.
The Yorkshire Brewery in Collinwood,melb was Australias tallest building on completion in 1876!
Its 7 floors were accessed by Australias most powerful hydraulic lift.
the owner John wood bought the 2 acre site in 1958. His son james drew up plans and had the polychrome tower built. It rises to 34m and had an adjacent chimney which was 55m high (since demolished)
It was erected 10 years before any highrise in melbourne and dominated the collingwood township.
Mr wood would take sightseers up to the roof for great views across the city.
It was heritage listed in 1993.
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http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bi...place_id=15559

The tower was supposed to be refurbed into a unit complex in 1999?
Its 10m flagstaff is also missing

in its hey day


you can see the tower and chimney just right of centre. (large structure at right is 80m shottower at clifton hill
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some recent piccies.
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really needs fixing
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would make a fab apartment

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Old November 27th, 2008, 03:39 AM   #2
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Cascade Brewery in Hobart - not my own photo, but from G'day Pubs.

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Old November 27th, 2008, 03:43 AM   #3
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Old November 27th, 2008, 03:46 AM   #4
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attention-grollo- ive been thinking of adding this tower to emporis for years. I have plans and height to roof is 34m but with wrought iron railing its 35m. would this be deemed as part of structure?
built 1876 it would be one of oldest skyscrapers in the world???
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Old November 27th, 2008, 04:55 AM   #5
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You can almost see my home in some of your pics Cul

The Yorkshire Brewery site DID have a proposal for an apartment & retail (small supermarket i think) complex some years ago, but it never went ahead. I'm not sure if it was because it wasn't approved by Council or the permit never acted upon by the owner...
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Old November 27th, 2008, 05:20 AM   #6
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Just around the corner from Yorkshire Brewery on cnr Victoria Parade & Powlett Street in East Melbourne is the Victoria Brewery.

Built in 1882, designed by architect William Pitt, it was converted into the Tribeca apartments a couple of years ago.

Couldn't find many original photos of it, maybe someone has a few?



after the conversion to apartments


Also, another brewery not too far away. The Carlton United Brewery in Abbotsford. Not a particular nice looking brewery, and fairly new in comparison to the old breweries, but it's massive and most of the beers in Victoria are brewed or bottled there.

A pic I took about 5 years back from the Yarra

note: the photo is distorted, because this is a photo of a photo, so the tower is leaning slightly. might get around to scanning it properly soon

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Old November 27th, 2008, 06:17 AM   #7
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one of the greats
westend brewery, brisbane (1896)
100ft tower/6storeys
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Old November 27th, 2008, 08:35 AM   #8
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I never knew about West End beer in Brisbane, I'd heard of the Bulimba Beer and Brisbane Bitter (made by CUB).

Some Brisbane ones I have taken or seen on the net

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Old CUB Valley

1938 originally Bulimba Beer


1970 (bottom left)


Mid 90's (site being cleared)






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Old November 27th, 2008, 08:43 AM   #9
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The state of that beautiful tower in Yorkshire Brewery is tragic. Wish they had been (tastefully) converted into apartments.
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I didn't know that this one had existed - the Standard Brewery at 278-302 Elizabeth Sydney
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:48 AM   #11
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yes ,the 5storey/24m standard brewery was out tallest bldg in 1875! (section at right)
This tower boasted FIRST PASSENGER LIFT IN AUSTRALIA which was otis lift taken from ill fated garden palace.
The newer section to the north was added later. all were pulled down in late 1980s to make way for centenial plaza.
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Here is a short extract by Professor Miles Lewis on the history of the passenger lift in australia:

In 1877 the house of William Campbell, MLC, in Spring Street, Melbourne, was built with two hydraulic lifts, apparently for passenger purposes. A passenger lift was
installed at about this time in the Public Works Office in Sydney, but the idea was really brought before the public by the Whittier Machine Company of Boston, Massachusetts, in their display at the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879. They included a goods lift for warehouse use, and a 'double screw steam elevator' or passenger lift. When the exhibition closed it was installed in Toohey's Brewery.
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attention-grollo- ive been thinking of adding this tower to emporis for years. I have plans and height to roof is 34m but with wrought iron railing its 35m. would this be deemed as part of structure?
built 1876 it would be one of oldest skyscrapers in the world???
Not sure if industrial buildings are usually councted as 'skyscrapers'.

The Carlton Brewery tower built in 1872 was also 7 storeys high and looks like it was around the same height:

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When the exhibition closed it was installed in Toohey's Brewery.[/i]
Ta - I should have twigged that the Stag signs meant it was Tooheys.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 07:30 AM   #15
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Cascade, Hobart.



Emu Brewery, Perth pre-1930s and 1977. Knocked down in 1990.



Swan Brewery, Perth 1968 lights display.



Union Brewery, Kalgoorlie 1900.

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 10:31 AM   #16
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grol-thanks for extract. i have read it years ago.
so the sydney standard brewery was built but received the lift in 1879.
yeah its hard to decide wether brewery towers should be classifed as highrise. they do have lifts and "floors"
that carlton tower was a beauty. didnt realise it was that old?
the stack was great at 45m tall.built 1906-pulled down 1992, bummer
http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictures/0...m/pi000877.jpg
About lifts. im pretty sure first to use "otis " principal was Farmers store in sydney in 1882.
it was our tallest at 6storeys/27m. its facade still exists!

the Abbotsford brewery tower was a mean mother.
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I wonder how many in Brisbane drive past the VB billboard without knowing that CUB products were once brewed there.



And some of my shots of XXXX Brewery

I strongly recommend the Brewery Tour - www*****x.xom.au









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what are the spiral things on the stack for?
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the spirals are to break up the airflow to reduce aerodynamic forces on the chimney.
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Love the pic of the Standard Brewery in Sydney.
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