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It was first settled as a penal colony called Redcliffe in 1824. It became a town available to free settlers in 1842, and was chosen to be capital of Queensland in 1859. It was named after the Brisbane River, which was named after Thomas Brisbane.
Today, Brisbane is a busy, modern metropolis of a city, known for its skyline and cluster of skyscrapers, modern architecture, waterfront, hotels, tourism, downtown area, maritime activities, universities, and quality of life.
People Born in Brisbane
Brisbane in People's Lives
Liam Hemsworth: I traveled here in 2008 to film scenes of the movie Triangle. We filmed at the Queensland Maritime Museum.
Miranda Kerr: My family moved to this city from the small town of Gunnedah, where I grew up, in 2000, when I was 17. They moved to give my younger brother and I better opportunities in better schools, and to allow us to see what city life was like. I continued to pursue modeling, and was signed with Chic. I often traveled to Sydney for shoots and castings. I was a good student, attending an elite private Catholic school for girls in this city, and focusing my studies on nutrition and health psychology. In 2001, when I was 18, I moved away to New York to puruse modeling.