2022 marks the 160th anniversary of Public Works in Queensland.

To mark their 160th anniversary, the Department of Energy and Public Works have collaborated with State Library of Queensland to produce Discover Queensland Buildings website to showcase 160 iconic Queensland buildings that have been part of their history.

Since 1862, Public Works has been responsible for the design, construction and management of public buildings ranging from schools, hospitals and housing; to cyclone shelters and bridges; sporting stadiums and cultural centres. 


“From Warwick to Cape York, parks to public buildings, this select group of 160 places have been chosen to showcase the diverse breadth of work delivered by the Department of Public Works in its 160 years of working for Queensland.”

Discover each building’s history through photos and archival data about the buildings and the people behind them. Use the interactive map on the home page to locate selected buildings in your region or use the extensive filtering system to locate building by name, category or location.

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How were the buildings selected?

The buildings selected were chosen based on the following criteria:       

  • Narrative contribution
    Buildings that have unique or interesting histories to share.
  • Public engagement
    Buildings that may have strong personal stories behind them that viewers may be able to contribute.                   
  • Even representation of regional and metropolitan projects
    Buildings that demonstrate the wide range of locations that the department has worked in.
  • Even representation across the 160 year period
    A mix of buildings developed across the 160 years of the department.

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Share your stories // Help build Queensland’s cultural capital

Community participation on the site is encouraged via a section dedicated to YOUR STORIES

Site visitors can “share their own photos and memories of their favourite buildings and the events that occurred within them to build a history for all Queenslanders to enjoy.”

To participate, look for the red ‘Add your story‘ button on a showcased building. Click through to enter your own stories and/or upload photographs.


Main photo + site images: Courtesy of the State Library of Queensland

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