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Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 27 Aug 2008 2:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am searching for my great grandfather. However all i know is that his name was William and he worked at the State Skating Rink Brisbane, in the year 1916-1917 approx. I have been told that this place did not exist as there seems to be no record of it. The name could very well be incorrect.
If anyone can help with this it will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 12 Sep 2008 1:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello,
I used to live in Brisbane and the only Skating rink I remember was at Park Road (a suburb on the rail line, not far from town). Perhaps you could google it, or even contact the City council, they may be able to help with old skating rinks.
Good Luck

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 9:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
There was a skating rink at south brisbane "BLue Moon" it was just over the Victoria Bridge.

There was a rink at Mowbray park East brisbane as I recall it was Ice and much later than your time frame butr perhaps it was a roller rink before hope this helps.

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 13 Sep 2008 11:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
There was a State Skating Rink at Red Hill in the late 60s or early 70s but this was on the site of the former State (picture) Theatre, well after the period you are talking about

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 15 Sep 2008 9:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
Like another person posted, the Blue Moon Skating Rink (roller skating I believe), was near where the GoMA and Art Gallery are based now in South Brisbane.
It may be completely different from that you seek though.

My mother visited it on weekends as a kid. The owner in the circa late '30's/early 40's, was 'Pop Flanaghan' (Flannagan?/Flannigan?).

Maybe you can use this as a basis for searching through Archives at the State Library or Archives/Council etc?

Good luck and hope it helps you to trace back to your family member.
Lisa

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 2 Oct 2008 5:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
In discussions today this subject came up and I was told by an 85 year old that there was another skating rink in Grey Street South Brisbane opposite the railway station it was upstairs in the building.

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 11 Oct 2008 4:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Jan 2010 11:48AM GMT
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Edward Smith leased the Coliseum at Newmarket. The building during the day was a skating rink and at night it was a popular picture theatre.This would have been around the time you are seeking. Edward Smith operated the Cooks Open-Air Theatre at the Valley. Also theatres at Sandgate and Shorncliffe.Organised the Woolangabba Continential Foot Races.

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 17 Oct 2008 2:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Jan 2010 11:47AM GMT
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Hi I am a former woman from Brisbane, Qld. The skating rink was torn down and I believe an art building was put up in it's place., I do remember it and it was on the Brisbane river...Val.G.

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 31 May 2011 12:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
The State skating rink had quite a history. It was located at Enoggera Ter Red Hill It started off as the State Theatre and then it was converted to a sound lounge then a chap named Ray Otto bought or leased it & turned it into a skating rink. Myself and a few other mates gave Ray a hand to lay the new floor of masionite panels screwed down and then coated it with a protective layer of something like estapol. After that was finished we had to assemble all the skates. Then we used to work their for the sessions handing out skates to the customers. After a few years Ray moved down to the Gold Coast & the building was left vacant until it was destroyed by fire.
Rgards Graham Francis grajen11@bigpond.com

Re: Brisbane Skating Rink

Posted: 1 Jun 2011 4:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Mee, Maycock, Quinton, Coxsedge
You have no idea how happy your message has made me! I have been searching for years to find out who my great grandfather was and have been using the Skating Rink as my starting point, and up until this point have not been able to find very much.
It certainly does have quite a history! If you know of anyway of finding out the names of the people who worked there around 1917 I would be forever grateful. I thought that it may be possible that my great grandmother may have frequented the rink and this is where she and William (?) may have met. Her name was Constance Amelia Mee. I know her family is listed on electoral rolls at the following - 1919 - Wynnum, Oxley, Queensland, 1913 - Brisbane South, Oxley, Queenslan, 1913 - Taringa, Brisbane, Queensland, 1913 - Brisbane South, Oxley, Queensland, 1913 - Bundaberg, Wide Bay, Queensland. Im not sure if these places are near the rink.
If there is anymore information or ideas on finding out William's identity I would be forever grateful.
I am still quite overwhelmed at your close connection withe the rink and very excited to investigate this further!
Kind Regards
Dimity Sharpe
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