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Address: 115 William Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 3221 4198

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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Excellent tour

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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

Thank Shane S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank DandC-2013
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Outside in the garden, there is a ghost. Inside there is information about Brisbane Ports and the building and its history. It was part built by convicts. It is well worth visiting...

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Gold Coast, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

$7 entry for adults including a guided intro if a volunteer is available. If you have a spare hour or so in Brisbane, the Commissariat Store is worth a quick visit. The primary focus is the building itself which is complemented by some displays through the building. As the convicts didn't have personal possessions, there is little in the way... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

The Commissariat Museum is in a building constructed by convicts in 1829. There were lots of displays and artifacts showing the harsh treatment, forced work, poor food and lashings that the convicts had to endure. There was a small admission fee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

One of the only two buildings remaining built by convicts in the Brisbane area, this building is now a museum. There is a fee for entry but quite often there are volunteers there that will take you on a personal guided tour and answer any questions you have. Only open Tuesday to Friday -- so if you plan to visit,... More 

Thank Happytraveller604
Hervey Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

This is one of two convict-built buildings remaining from Brisbane's early colonial days.Only a short walk from Queen Street Mall and the Treasury Casino, it is well preserved and now operates as a museum accessible for a nominal change of $5 which included a volunteer guided tour the day we attended. It includes a variety of artefacts from the convict... More 

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