WHY is Brisbane Called Brisbane? 🇦🇺 🤯 You NEED to know this! 

September 8, 2021

Mitchel Plumbing Gas

WHY is Brisbane Called Brisbane? 🇦🇺 🤯 You NEED to know this! 

It's always amusing when customers ask me why Brisbane is called Brisbane. There's been a migration of people moving up from New South Wales, so maybe they feel more comfortable knowing the history behind the name.

It turns out that Brisbane was named after Sir Thomas McDougall Brisbane, who was the premier of New South Wales at the time. Sir Thomas Brisbane was an astronomer who served in the British Army and spent some time as the governor of New South Wales from 1821 – 1825.

This connection wasn't just limited to New South Wales, however. Sir Thomas had served in India, as well as against Napoleon’s forces during the Battle of Waterloo (1815). He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and an astronomer who made observations from the Parramatta Observatory in Australia.

As for the name, Brisbane is a combination of two Aboriginal words "Bris" and "Ban", which mean "place of the water rat". While it isn't certain if this was the original name of the city, it's still an intriguing part of our history. Some people say the names come of Scottish origin, but that is yet to be proven.

So there you have it, the history of why Brisbane is called Brisbane! It certainly makes for an interesting conversation starter when people ask me why I'm from Brisbane. Who knew a name could be so fascinating? 🤗😊🇦🇺

When was Brisbane called Brisbane?🤫 🇦🇺

The area where Brisbane is located today was part of a colony called Moreton Bay Settlement until it was renamed in honour of Sir Thomas McDougall Brisbane in 1834. It kept this name until 1842 when it was officially declared the City of Brisbane.

Throughout its history, Brisbane has been an important port city, a major industrial centre and a commercial hub. It is now the capital of Queensland and one of Australia's most vibrant cities with an exciting mix of culture, entertainment, education and leisure activities.

So, now you know why Brisbane is called Brisbane! Despite being over 180 years old, the city still retains its name today. It's an important part of our history and is a great conversation starter when people ask me where I'm from – even if they don't know the origin story behind it.

WHY is BRISBANE called Gabba?! 🤯 BRISVEGAS! WHAT exactly is that? 

Why is Brisbane called Gaba? It's actually not cold over here and I hadn't actually heard anyone call it that until recently. Maybe it's got something to do with the fact that we hold national cricket tournaments here.

Gabba is actually short for the Brisbane Cricket Ground, which has been in use since 1895. It's now known as The Gabba, and it's here that some of Australia’s most important cricket matches have been held. The Gabba stadium is located in Woolloongabba, a suburb of Brisbane – hence the nickname.

Gabba is not the only nickname that Brisbane has acquired over the years. We are also known as Brisvegas, a play on the American city of Las Vegas. It references its light-hearted atmosphere and vibrant nightlife (without all the bright lights). People often use this nickname when they want to talk about the good times they've had here or just refer to Brisbane in a fun way.

Brissie or Briso is another popular nickname for Brisbane. It's a combination of the two words, Brisbane and Ozzie, which is an informal term for Australians. Or it could simply be a shortened version of Brisbane that's easier to say.

Here is a list of other nicknames that Brisbane has acquired over the years: Brisneyland, Brissers, Brislington, etc. So next time someone asks you why Brisbane is called ‘Gabba’, you know the answer!

What is your favourite nicknames for Brisbane? What memories does it bring back? Share them with us! 🎉😊🤩

Where Does The Water In Brisbane Come From? 🤯 💦 

The water in Brisbane comes from a variety of sources managed by Southeast Queensland Water. The primary source of water for the city is from dams, which are located in the region’s catchments. Most of the water is sourced from the Enoggera reservoir, Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams.

Enoggora reservoir is the main source of drinking water for Brisbane, supplying nearly 70 percent of the city's drinking water.

Wivenhoe Dam is the city’s largest reservoir, supplying drinking water to over 4 million people in Brisbane and surrounding areas.

Somerset Dam, located on the Stanley River, supplies approximately 20 percent of Brisbane’s drinking water. The remaining 10 percent is sourced from desalination plants and recycled water.

Brisbane’s water supply is managed by Southeast Queensland Water, which ensures that the city has a reliable and sustainable supply of drinking water. The Water Grid, which is an integrated system of dams and pipelines, ensures that the city has access to adequate supplies of water.

In addition to dams, Southeast Queensland also sources water from bores and groundwater aquifers, as well as recycled effluent from wastewater treatment plants. This water is treated to meet strict drinking water guidelines before it is supplied to homes, businesses and industries.

By using a combination of these sources, Southeast Queensland Water is able to provide clean, safe and reliable drinking water to the people of Brisbane.

So next time you take a sip of water from your tap, remember that it has come from a variety of sources managed by Southeast Queensland Water! 💦😊🤩😊


It's easy to see why Brisbane has so many nicknames! From Gabba, Brisvegas and Brissie, the city has a reputation for being fun, vibrant and exciting. And with Southeast Queensland Water managing the city's diverse water sources, Brisbane residents can rest assured that they have access to clean and safe drinking water. So whether you call it Gabba, Brisvegas or Brissie, Brisbane is a great place to be! 😊

What other facts do you know about Brisbane? Let us know in the comments! 🤩😊🤔

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