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1956 Aerial Panorama

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

On the 14th October 1956, a series of 120 aerial photos were taken by a photographer flying at a low altitude of 5380 feet, and over the last 2 years, the team at The Photo Restoration Studio in Redcliffe, have painstakingly joined the images together to form a complete detailed early map of the region.


The photos show amazing detail of buildings, vegetation, cars and even the shadows of people walking can be seen.


Subsequent year's aerials taken in the 1970s 80s and 90s, were not as sharp in detail as this 1956 aerial (with the types of lenses used and the altitude of the photos taken) and it wouldn't be until 50 years later that the Google Earth images of 2005, show as much detail as the 1956 aerials.

Images from the original aerial photos form the base of the new 1950s-80s Pictorial history book and the complete map and individual street histories are also available to view and order at our online shop. and facebook page.


We have the complete 1956 map available as a large framed 1m high print.

Also available are a set of large 1m wide framed aerial photos with the street names included

and we currently have 3 available:

Deception Bay is also available form the earlier 1950 aerial:



We have also created videos showing some of the locations shown in the aerials along with the street names, including this video of Anzac Ave in 1956











There is also a large 2m high map now available on permanent display in between the Jetty and Cominos Arcades on Redcliffe Parade



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