Before European settlement, Brisbane was home to two Aboriginal clans. First settled in 1825, it became a gaol site for European convicts. In 1859 Brisbane became the capital of Queensland. By 1888 some imposing buildings like Old Government House and Customs House were built. The grandeur of these buildings highlighted the strength of Brisbane's growing economy. By the time of Federation in 1901, Queensland was the fastest growing state in the new nation and Brisbane was its economic hub. After World War II, came the boom years, a period marked by increased industrial activity and population levels boosted by immigration. Suburbs began to flourish and there was a major focus on sealing roads and providing the city with sewerage services. In 1974, floods devastated Brisbane. Sixteen people died and an estimated AU$300 million in damage was caused. Brisbane soon recovered to host two major world events -- the 1982 Commonwealth Games and World Expo 1988. Since the early 1990’s, Brisbane’s CBD and suburbs have grown enormously. The CBD has seen a proliferation and demand for tall apartment and office buildings. Major development projects have seen the regeneration of much of the CBD and surrounds. Brisbane enjoys an enviable subtropical climate of hot, bright summers and warm, mild winters that make it good to visit almost anytime. The people are friendly and laid back. The early 2000’s sees an ever changing and taller skyline with new and exciting skyscrapers emerging ever year.