Memories, stories and tales

Brisbane Arcade holds a special place in so many people’s hearts and minds as well as Brisbane’s history. There are 95 years of memories, stories and tales that make up Brisbane Arcade’s rich tapestry of history. Whether it was where your engagement ring or wedding gown was purchased, or you worked in the many shops that have made up Brisbane Arcade’s past and present, or you enjoyed high tea with loved ones, or memories of special gifts or treats, there are countless stories to be told and cherished.

We invite everyone who has visited Brisbane Arcade throughout the years to share their memory, story or tale.

Simply upload your image and story below and be a part of Brisbane Arcade’s history forever AND, go in the draw to win a bespoke aquamarine and diamond pendant designed by Hannah and James White of Brisbane Arcade’s oldest shop, Robert White Jewellers valued at $1950.

Upload your memories, stories and tales using the form below

Memories, stories and tales are to be uploaded before 30 September. Winner announced October 2019.

* You can upload up to 10 images in jpg/png format (up to 20MB in total).

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Submitted memories, stories and tales

My great grandfather A Lind founded Linds Umbrellas

My great grandfather A Lind founded Linds Umbrellas (A. Lind & Sons) in 1901. His two sons Archibald Lind and Stan Lind took over the business from him, and my father John Lind after them. Reparing umbrellas (yes repairing – imagine that) in the tight mezzanine level of the Linds Umbrellas shop was my first […]Read More

Brisbane Arcade was my favourite place in the city

I remember when I moved to Brisbane 21 years ago Brisbane Arcade was my favourite place in the city. I especially loved the Rendezvous Tea Rooms. Audrey made the best cup of tea and sandwiches. On Mondays you could even have your tea leaves read! I visited there weekly with two of my most favourite […]Read More

I opened my very first store at the young age of 20 years old

I opened my very first store at the young age of 20 years old – upstairs on gallery level and this is where my career started off and have never looked back. I had the best time being involved in the parades – lunches – functions etc and meeting heaps of people, for whom I […]Read More


SEARL’S POINSETTIA ART FLORISTS From 1933 until 1949, my grandmother – Mrs Ada Mosses – owned Searl’s Poinsettia Art Florists at No. 6, Brisbane Arcade, 154 Queen Street, Brisbane. Ada was a very talented floral artist, as they were known then, and had been involved in learning her trade in Brisbane and Melbourne from the […]Read More

And the Teacup Reader told me……..

In the early 1950’s I had my teacup read at the Brisbane Arcade. Clearly, she exclaimed! You will have 3 men in your lifetime. Remember these initials. N – C and B N will break your heart in your teens. (This happened). You will marry C and have a long happy marriage till old age. […]Read More