At first glance , this distinctive building could be mistaken as a mosque. It is , however, a Heritage listed early Burns Philp office in Townsville , Queensland , now the venue for the nightclub Santa Fe Gold, which boasts showgirls of style and dancers of pleasure . The BP company kicked off in the l870s when two Scots, James Burns and Robert Philp, established a regular shipping line between Sydney and Townsville to supply their own stores
The cupola on top of the building was used to watch for ships coming into port . In Sydney , the spectacular former Burns Philp main office , in Bridge Street , also Heritage listed, now boasts the upmarket Rockpool restaurant , run by Neil Perry , tucker adviser to James Packer and Qantas . Burns Philp & Co carved out a vast empire in shipping , Pacific Island trading , mail runs, plantations, eventually biting off more than it could chew in the 1990s , especially in the international condiment field and antibiotics , and folded, the grand Sydney headquarters , below , sold.
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