Absolute Fairyland: Heady Days in Dutton Park

(Inside History edition)

The surprising history of the rise and fall of a suburban park. Over 100 years ago, the arrival of the electric tramway turned Dutton Park - a neglected riverside reserve - into what was described as 'the most picturesque and charming open-air resort in Australia'. Live performers and silent movies drew up to 5,000 people per night to the park's 'Continental' shows. By the time of the Depression, however, the park had become a shanty town of relief workers.

Christopher Dawson (2006)
46 pages with illustrations and endnotes
RRP $8.50

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Brisbane River from the river bank at Dutton Park, ca, 1902.
(John Oxley Library)