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Today, Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city's built heritage.It also receives attention for its damaging flood events, most notably in 19.For the central business district, see Brisbane central business district. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia's most populous local government areas (LGAs), most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples.Named after the Brisbane River on which it is located – which in turn was named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825 – the area was chosen as a place for secondary offenders from the Sydney Colony.This article is about the metropolitan area of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.For the local government area, see City of Brisbane.

Later in the 1860s many German immigrants from the Uckermark region in Prussia as well as other German regions settled in the Bethania- Beenleigh and Darling Downs areas.

These immigrants were selected and assisted through immigration programs established by John Dunmore Lang and Johann Christian Heussler and were offered free passage, good wages and selections of land.

He created a substantial settlement of brick and stone buildings, complete with school and hospital.

He formed additional outstations and made several important journeys of exploration.

He is also infamous for his extreme use of the Cat o' nine tails on convicts.

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