Kingsford Smith Drive, Brisbane - History

History

The first road along the northern bank of the Brisbane River was constructed in 1829/1830. Convict labour was used to connect the main settlement to the women's goal at Eagle Farm. In 1882, the road was still no better than a rough bush track.

The road was then known as Hamilton Road in one part and Eagle Farm Road in another part. In 1938, it was renamed Bailey Memorial Avenue in honour of John Frederick Bailey, Queensland Botantist and curator of the Botanic Gardens. However, this name was not used in practice and, in 1953, the road was again renamed after Charles Kingsford Smith although the idea of renaming it had been proposed back in 1938 when the Bailey Memorial Avenue was proposed.

The road was once the major access route to Brisbane's old airport terminals. In 2002 the Inner City Bypass, Brisbane was opened. This bypass allowed traffic joining the Pacific Motorway to avoid the smaller and sometimes congested city streets.

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