Introducing “Blast from Brisbane’s Past”

By: MADISON DAVIS, President/CEO, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce,, 415-467-7283

When I began working for the Chamber as CEO a year ago, I hoped for the opportunity to feature Blast from Brisbane’s Past such as old articles, photos, and ads from Brisbane’s publications like the “Brisbane Bee” the “Brisbane Sun” and the “Brisbane Byline,” to name a few. Recently the board asked we go ahead and begin featuring this content in “The Luminary” for your enjoyment.
One hour in the archive room at city hall and I was overcome with a sense of pride. In the articles and notices I had the chance to read, I felt more than ever, an understanding of those that have laid the foundation for who we are as a community today. They were resourceful, using whatever they had to improve our city. They were steadfast, fighting for Brisbane’s best interests. They were social, holding numerous events to gather the community together. I can’t help but feel that we inherited so much of that spirit from them.
While I have read our history books, I cannot say I gained an intimate understanding of the everyday life of a Brisbanian. Sure, I am aware of the major chain of events that have lead us to where we are today, but never have I felt the spirit of Brisbane until I read articles written in the words of the people who lived here in the past.
I hope that through the materials we share in our new “Blast from Brisbane’s Past” column, you too will gain a better understanding of where we came from as a city but more importantly, as a community.
This quote from the 1953 Directory perfectly sums up this sentiment: “today—in 1953, Brisbane can boast of more than 5,000 residents, who bask in the sunshine which the San Bruno Mountains allow us to enjoy by breaking the fog bank which pours over the valley on both sides of us –and that, if it be our destiny, our future generations will grow to adulthood enjoying the benefits which our past generations have founded for them. Remember—these present days may someday be the GOOD OLD DAYS!”
That quote gets me every single time. Find the first “Blast from Brisbane’s Past” in this issue of the Luminary. If you enjoy this column, please do let us know! We want to make sure we are providing you with content you like to read. If you have any ideas for future columns, email me at:
As a reminder, we are working on the 2020 Directory. If you are a resident and would like your information listed, please contact us to we can ensure your name, phone number, and address are correct.
On a more serious note, the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce is working closely with the City of Brisbane, the San Mateo County Health Department, and the State of California Office of Emergency Services to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and its impacts on Brisbane citizens and businesses. At this time we have decided to postpone the March mixer and will postpone future mixers dependent on the recommendations of our trusted agencies. In addition, our presence at the Chamber office will be limited and sporadic at best. The Chamber will continue to function normally however we ask you make an appointment in advance if you need to meet with us in person. If you have a question, please call us directly at 415-706-5276, as we will be delayed in checking our office phone messages.