Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is routinely adjectivally referenced as “Brisbane’s multicultural Valley”. It’s the down town area that hit the doldrums after the motor car and the regional shopping centre killed the main street department store and for a while robbed it of its meaning for life.
It’s home to China Town, most of Brisbane’s night clubs, sleazy strip joints, prostitutes and some very upmarket residential high rise. But it’s apparently not home to Christmas.
The Valley might be multi-cultural, but it’s not that multi-cultural that it can deal with a Christian European festival that most people acknowledge by taking a week or two holiday.It’s quite ironic really. As a child in the 60s I remember being taken to see the Christmas display in McWhirters department store, right in the centre of the Valley, which had a giant Santa playing an organ over the main entry, while their display windows had tableau direct from the Bible.
Now it’s only the holiday that is acknowledged.
This shot was taken in the food court of the Valley Plaza just outside the entry to Fortitude Valley train station.
Does anyone else have memories of Christmases past, or tales of Christmas not-so-present? Or maybe a shot of a Valley department store when Christmas was in its Brisbane hay days?