The Mount Crosby pumping station is one of Australia’s earliest major water pumping stations. Built in stages commencing in 1890, it has been in the same place, carrying out the same function for more than 125 years. The buildings and processes encapsulate the many developments that have occurred in the technology of public water supply over the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Substantial elements of the original fabric are still in use, supplying water to Brisbane. The robustness and general high quality of the buildings embody the civic pride invested in this important facility. The waterworks were the impetus for settlement at Mount Crosby and have formed the principal employment and focus of this community since establishment.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as one of the earliest major water pumping stations in Australia and as a complete storage, pumping and treatment facility that has adapted to growing demands and changing technologies for more than 125 years of operation.
b) It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the City's or local area's cultural heritage
as Brisbane’s oldest surviving water pumping and treatment plant.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
as a cohesive collection of well-composed and highly-articulated robust industrial buildings set against the serene backdrop of the town of Mount Crosby and the surrounding bushland and the Brisbane River.
f) It is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technological achievement at a particular period
as a continuously functioning and regularly upgraded water storage, pumping and treatment facility, which encapsulates many developments that have occurred in the technology of public water supply.
g) It has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
as the impetus for settlement at Mount Crosby and the focus of employment and activity in the area for more than 125 years.
h) It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the City's or local area's history
as an example of early major water supply infrastructure commissioned by the Brisbane Board of Waterworks and maintained and expanded for more than 125 years.
At Stumers Road , MT CROSBY, 4306
Utility - Water
Constructed between 1890-1893 (first stage)
Walls - Masonry - Face brick
Roof - Corrugated iron
Builder - Chamberlain and Wylie
Engineer - Alexander Stewart
NOTE: The purpose of this report is
to provide a general reference source of information
about the main historical and descriptive features that
contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage
place. It is based on available evidence and may be
re-assessed if further information becomes available.
It is NOT an official report and does not in any way
replace the official Heritage Register entry, which
can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner
should undertake a thorough conservation study of the
heritage place before any action is taken which may
affect its significance as a heritage listed place.
For further information please phone Council on 3403