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The Bulimba Heritage Trail

By Adrienne McTavish

If you are looking to buy Bulimba real estate, you may want to learn more about the local history and culture – tracing the events that have shaped the region and its people.

One of the best ways to do this is through the Bulimba Heritage Trail, a rambler's delight that takes you on an exciting walk through some of the area's most well-known buildings and monuments.

The trail lets you see some of the best sites along Bulimba's famous Oxford Street, with highlights including the Hawthorne Ferry Terminal, St Peter and Paul's Catholic School and the Bulimba House.

You will also get the chance to visit the Bulimba Army Barracks, which served a pivotal role for the local area during World War II.

Built by the United States Forces, it acted as a military vessel supply base and American soldiers erected six large warehouses, one being a workshop. Barges constructed at the facility were then sent out to conflict in the Pacific.

Another quirky historical favourite is Marconi's Goannary, which was built by Bulimba Nationalist councillor (and former snake charmer) Joseph Cornelius Marconi.

The factory produced a goanna-based salve that was lauded as a universal cure-all in the early 20th century.

A 1918 ruling that goanna was a protected species failed to stop Mr Marconi, who continued to sell the salve, missing its vital ingredient.

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