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City Electric & Light (CEL) Company Manhole Cover


This cast iron manhole cover with timber inlays is a rare surviving example of a City Electric and Light Company (CEL) manhole cover from the early twentieth century. It is one of a series of manhole covers and cast iron junction boxes that were placed along CBD roads and footpaths, that facilitated the spread of an electricity grid throughout Brisbane. It is a remnant of the important City Electric and Light (CEL) Company while the timber inserts are rare evidence of the wood-block paving that covered Queen Street in the late nineteenth century.


  • a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history

    as it marks the early expansion of the electricity grid throughout the CBD.

  • b) It demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the City's or local area's cultural heritage

    as a cast iron CEL manhole cover from the turn of the twentieth century with inlaid timber reflecting the wood-block paving that covered Queen Street at that time.

Place details
At Edward Street (Road Reserve between Queen St and Charlotte St), BRISBANE CITY, 4000
Categories: Streetscape - Feature
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CEL Manhole Cover

(Last updated - 14 Mar 2017)

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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 8888.

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