Brisbane History

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  • 1. 
    John Oxley was the first European to chart the Brisbane River
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Brisbane was originally named Edinglassie by a local Judge, a word thought to have come from combining the names of the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    There was a prison, a lazaret, and a benevolent asylum, all operating on different islands at the same time in Moreton Bay in the 1800s.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Who was Brisbane's first Lord Mayor?
    • A. 

      Clem Jones

    • B. 

      Edmund Barton

    • C. 

      William Jolly

    • D. 

      Alfred Deakin

  • 5. 
    In 1925, Brisbane City Council's motto was "Conjunctis Viribus".  What does this mean in English?
    • A. 

      With United Powers

    • B. 

      One For All

    • C. 

      Look To The Future

    • D. 

      Teamwork and Cooperation

  • 6. 
    World Expo was held in Brisbane in which year?
    • A. 

      1992

    • B. 

      1996

    • C. 

      1981

    • D. 

      1988

  • 7. 
    What is the floral emblem of Brisbane City Council?
    • A. 

      White Rose

    • B. 

      Wattle

    • C. 

      Bottlebrush

    • D. 

      Poinsettia

  • 8. 
    There are approximately 365 islands in Moreton Bay.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    General Douglas ______ was an American General stationed in Brisbane in WWII.  He was in command of the Allied Pacific Forces.
    • A. 

      Jardine

    • B. 

      Macarthur

    • C. 

      Smith

    • D. 

      Ironside

  • 10. 
    Greater Brisbane's population is greater than the combined populations of Tasmania, the A.C.T and N.T combined.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Brisbane was first settled by Europeans in 1724.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    The Clock Tower at Brisbane City Hall is based on the Bell Tower of St Marks Basilica, in Venice, Italy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    The four clock faces on the Clock Tower of Brisbane City Hall measure almost 5 metres in diameter, and are the largest public clock faces in Australia.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Ipswich was the capital city of Queensland in 1859.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    In what year did Sir Charles Kingsford Smith become the first person to cross the pacific ocean (from California to Brisbane) in an aircraft?
    • A. 

      1938

    • B. 

      1928

    • C. 

      1919

    • D. 

      1922

  • 16. 
    The Commonwealth Games were held in Brisbane in which year?
    • A. 

      1992

    • B. 

      1988

    • C. 

      1972

    • D. 

      1982

  • 17. 
    Fortitude Valley is named after a ship.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    What is the name of the person Brisbane is named for?
    • A. 

      Lord Alfred Brisbane

    • B. 

      Sir Thomas Brisbane

    • C. 

      Edward Brisbane

    • D. 

      Sir Geoffrey Brisbane

  • 19. 
    The population of Brisbane City Council is more than 1 million people.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    Moreton Bay's Aboriginal name is Teerk Roo Ra.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    The current motto of Brisbane City Council is 'Meliora Sequimur' which means 'We aim for better things'.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Brisbane's highest peak is Mount Gravatt Lookout, with a height of 235 metres.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Moreton Bay was originally named 'Morton's Bay' by which famous explorer?
    • A. 

      Matthew Flinders

    • B. 

      John Oxley

    • C. 

      Captain Cook

    • D. 

      Bungaree

  • 24. 
    There is a 40 kilometre long crater on the moon named Brisbane.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Many of Brisbane City's streets are named after members of the Royal Family.  What was Turbot Street named for?
    • A. 

      Duchess Turbot of York

    • B. 

      A species of fish

    • C. 

      The Turrbal Aboriginal people

    • D. 

      John Turbot - Mayor of Sandgate

  • 26. 
    The white marble used throughout Brisbane City Hall is from the same quarry in Carrara, Italy, that Michelangelo used to make his famous statue 'David'.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False