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Address: 115 William Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 3221 4198
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Thu - Fri 10:00 - 16:00

The heritage listed Commissariat Store, situated on the the river in...

The heritage listed Commissariat Store, situated on the the river in Queens Wharf Road, was hand built and completed by convicts in 1829, using Brisbane Tuff from the Kangaroo Point cliffs. The Store (now a Museum run by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland) and the Windmill on Wickham Tce, are the only buildings remaining from the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement. The Commissariat Store is Queensland's most significant heritage building/landmark, as it represents the commencement of European settlement. This historic site, located in Queen's Wharf Brisbane in the CBD, is also considered the birthplace of Brisbane.

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A jewel in the History of Brisbane

Don't miss this small but extrenely well-presented museum out if you wnat to know more about the early history of Brisbane and the pioneers who built it. The people who run this... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Don't miss this small but extrenely well-presented museum out if you wnat to know more about the early history of Brisbane and the pioneers who built it. The people who run this museum are passionate about their history and I had a long and enligtening disucssion with one of the curators. It easy to find in heart of the city... More 

Thank Andrew D
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

A small part of Brisbane that has survived progress- can be visited at certain times for history buffs

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

It was a very hot and humid day so our visit was pretty warm in this non-air conditioned space. They had three floors of displays. We had a look around for a little under 30 minutes and then needed to leave due to the heat. I'm sure it would be much more pleasant to visit on a cooler day.

1 Thank Diane K
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

Have long wanted to see this and managed to get there this week. A diverse and interesting museum experience....it is a compact museum over three levels with excellent access via ramps and open lift arrangement internally. Good use of technology to engage the visitor. Also had a future focus....saw what is in stall for the Neville Bonner building site. What... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

What a great place to visit. Our group had been out to St Helena Island and heard so many amazing stories. A lot of memorabilia from the island is at the Commissariat Store, even the fingers the warden had chopped off! The volunteer guide was fantastic, so attentive and able to answer all of our questions. This place is great!

1 Thank 0Meg0
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Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We visited the Commissariat Store and had a private tour provided at no extra cost! We throughly enjoyed learning about the history of early Brisbane and would highly recommend this tour to everybody

1 Thank Shane S
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

If you can only visit one place in Brisbane this is it. Free guided tour with your entry ticket. There are three floors that show you how and why the building was constructed, a history of the original convicts sent here for further punishment and then the characters involved in the development of Brisbane post the convict era. This is... More 

2 Thank DandC-2013
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were there on a quiet day and had the guide to ourselves. He was very informative and interesting and showed us all the main exhibits, explained the history of the Commissariat and also of early Brisbane. Very interesting and entertaining and well worh the small entry charge.

1 Thank Mike A
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

The Commissiariat itself is an interesting building with excellent displays and artifacts. But the thing that is wonderful is to take the free guided tour. My guide was Michael, and he had a wealth of knowledge, able to set the stage well and bring understanding to why the human transport system started, its impact in Australia and particularly in Brisbane.... More 

2 Thank Cheryl B
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

One has preconceptions about the life of convicts sent from the UK. Glad to note that some of the people in charge seemed to treat people better than expected. Realise of course that life was hard, especially in the warmer climate of Brisbane. Able to stroll around each floor at our own pace. Nicely spaced exhibits and a building that... More 

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