Heritage Register

Place Details

Highgate Hill Reservoir


The Highgate Hill Reservoir was completed in September 1889. It was one of the water storage facilities that was planned to support the second Gold Creek Reservoir completed in 1885. Due to delays in the construction of a cross-river pipeline, the reservoir was not filled and put in service until 28 October 1889. The Highgate Hill Reservoir comprises four in-ground water storage chambers, a concrete valve house and a turncock’s house. There is no public access to the site.


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

    as one of the earliest reservoirs in Brisbane and a source of water established during a time of growing demand.

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

    as an intact and functioning nineteenth century reservoir.

  • d) It is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places

    as an intact and functioning nineteenth century reservoir.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as a structure that adds visual interest to the streetscapes of Gladstone Road and Hazelwood Street.

  • 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 urban water supply infrastructure commissioned by the Brisbane Board of Waterworks.

Place details
At 113 Gladstone Road , HIGHGATE HILL, 4101
Categories: Utility - Water
Event(s): Constructed in 1889
Period(s): Boom (1880-1892)
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry - Concrete
Roof - Corrugated iron
People involved: Association - the Brisbane Board of Waterworks
(Hold mouse over image to enlarge)
Highgate Hill Reservoir

(Last updated - 14 Mar 2016)

Return to search results

Search again?

Print this page. Printer friendly
Contact us Contact us
Heritage Register menu
Search (basic)
Search (advanced)
Help with searching
Legal information
Terms and conditions
Legal disclaimer
Copyright Issues
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.

Page created on: Sat Aug 24 23:34:00 AEST 2019