Eighteen years earlier the area had been declared a municipality, and two years before this sale took place the area’s population was 4000.
This advertisement featured in the 19th century Hawaiian newspaper The Daily Bulletin on the 9th of April, 1884. It is promoting hot cross buns for Good Friday two days later, at a price of 50 cents per dozen.
Given Terrace in Paddington West, Brisbane, Australia was sold by auction on the 22nd of November, 1884.
The first land sale in the area took place in 1859, while a horse bus was introduced into this hilly part of the city in 1879. Today the suburb it is considered a desirable place to live in the capital city of the state of Queensland.
Below is the area less than twenty years after the land sale advertised above, circa 1902:
On the 22nd of April, 1884 an earthquake hit Colchester, England. The disaster occurred at 9:18am.
The earthquake measured 4.6 on the Richter scale, and was the most destructive in four-hundred years of recorded English history, even though it was not the strongest in the history of Britain.
The damage occurred in Colchester as well as in surrounding areas of the county of Essex.
Some reports claimed that between two and five people were killed in the quake, but the actual number of deaths is unclear.
Thousands of homes were lost, leaving many people homeless.
Additionally, Langenhoe Church was badly damaged, as was the rectory next door.
The Naval War College in the United States was founded in Newport, Rhode Island on the 6th of October, 1884.
Here is Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, with faculty and students circa 1897.