Blog Profile / John Oxley Library Blog


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Blog Post Archive

The “Wild Scotchman” : Queensland bushranger James MacPherson Pt.1

James Alpin MacPherson was a lad of twelve when he arrived in Queensland from Scotland with his family. His father went to work for the McConnell family at Cressbrook in the Brisbane valley. Young James went to school in Brisbane where he studied diligently and learned French and German as well as becoming a fluent... Read more

Remarkable images…remarkable stories!

Every day is an opportunity to discover the remarkable content being digitised and shared through One Search, State Library’s catalogue. While working on a recent project at State Library, which involved heritage leaders, cultural heritage...Show More Summary

Italian aviator visits Brisbane during long distance flight (1925)

On August 6, 1925, Brisbane awaited the arrival of Italian aviator Marchese Francesco de Pinedo, chief of staff of the Italian Air Force. Accompanying de Pinedo was engineer Ernesto Campanelli. The pair had left Rome on April 1, their objective a long-distance flight of 55,000 kilometres to Australia and Japan before returning to Italy. The... Read more

Lewis Estate, Woolloongabba, 1889 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This Brisbane real estate map from 1889 is advertising 37 allotments of land for sale at the Lewis Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba. The allotments for sale were situated along Lewis Street... Read more

4 Influential Greek-born Queenslanders

4. Haralambos (Harry) Corones  Haralambos Corones, born in Kithira, Greece in 1883, emigrated to Australia in 1907. He soon settled in Charleville and began operating the Paris Cafe on the corner of Wills and Galatea Streets, before becoming a hotelier. In 1922 Corones bought 100 original shares in Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (QANTAS).... Read more

Queensland Places – Cape York – Edmund Kennedy Expedition

Edmund Kennedy was one of the more important and well known of the explorers who, through their endeavours, added understanding and knowledge of the Cape York area, although his most famous expedition was to end tragically. Kennedy undertook a number of important exploratory expeditions during his career but it was to be his third journey,... Read more

Brisbane tragedy befalls world famous magician

On July 8, 1933 world-renowned magician Dante gave the first performance of his Brisbane season at His Majesty’s Theatre. Dante (real name Harry Jansen) was born in Demark in 1883. At the age of 6, he moved with his family to the United States and made his stage debut at the age of 16. Dante... Read more

James Brunton Stephens : scholar poet of early Queensland

James Brunton Stephens was regarded, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as one of the most important literary figures to emerge in Australia. He was considered by many to be the most significant poet in the country. His work has not stood the test of time, however, and his work is absent from... Read more

Centaur Day, 14 May, and Red Roses for Remembrance

Guest blogger, Madonna Grehan, John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015. The Centaur Fund Series highlights Queenslanders’ special acknowledgement of the nursing profession, in the years after World War II. The Centaur Memorial Fund (the Fund) was a public subscription campaign, begun in February 1948, to recognise ‘the splendid services rendered by our Nurses in World... Read more

Avenging the Nurses: Government’s response to the sinking of 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur

Guest blogger, Madonna Grehan, John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015 The Centaur Fund Series highlights Queenslanders’ special acknowledgement of the nursing profession, in the years after World War II. Saturday 14 May 2016 marks 73 years since the torpedoing and sinking of the 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur, by enemy fire. On that day in... Read more

Putt Mossman, stuntman extraordinaire

Born in Iowa in 1906, Orren “Putt” Mossman is widely regarded as the most famous stunt motorcyclist of the first half of the 20th century. Referred to as “The Man of a Thousand Skills”, Mossman was also an accomplished motorcycle racer as well as a professional baseball player, wrestler, champion boxer, stuntman, Hollywood stunt double,... Read more

Image from one of The Go-Betweens earliest concerts

May 6, 2016 marks 10 years since the death of Grant McLennan, Queensland musician and co-founder of the indie rock group, The Go-Betweens. This image is part of the recently donated Paul O’Brien collection, showing a young McLennan with fellow singer-songwriter Robert Forster performing as The Go-Betweens at Baroona Hall in Caxton Street, Paddington on 28 April... Read more

Lancaster’s Gardens [Ascot], 1889 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This Brisbane real estate map from 1889 is advertising 306 allotments of land for sale at the Lancaster’s Gardens Estate, Hamilton, which is now part of the suburb of Ascot. The allotments... Read more

The Baby Killer – Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup (Patent medicine in Queensland)

Browse through Queensland newspapers from the mid-1880s until the early part of the 20th century, you will discover they are filled with advertisements for elixirs, tonics, ointments and powders curing everything from rheumatism to baldness to cancer. Show More Summary

Labour Day – History in Pictures

Labour Day returns to May this year after a short lived relocation to October. Labour Day has been an official Queensland public holiday, celebrated on the first Monday in May, since 1912 and before that as Eight Hours Day since 1901. Before its official recognition as a public holiday, parades and celebrations had taken place... Read more

Old Museum Building – 125th anniversary

The Old Museum Building situated in the inner-city suburb of Bowen Hills in Brisbane has enjoyed an eventful history since it was built in 1891. It initially served as the Exhibition Building, replacing the previous structure which was destroyed by fire in 1888. The laying of the foundation stone ceremony took place at the site on... Read more

Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb and Co. (Digitised @ SLQ)

In October 1939, William Lees, historical writer and proprietor and editor of the Queensland Pastoral Gazette, died at his home in Yeerongpilly, ironically whilst reading a newspaper. Lees had a keen interest in history, was a member of the Queensland Historical Society, and had travelled extensively throughout the state. During his career he wrote a... Read more

The New Shorncliffe Pier

March 25, 2016 saw the re-opening of the new Shorncliffe Pier, formally known as the Sandgate Pier. It was originally designed by architect F.D.G. Stanley and built by the Sandgate Pier Company in 1882. The pier is well known and used throughout the local community and is popular with residents and visitors to Brisbane. It... Read more

Rose Hill Estate, Rosalie [Bardon], 1914 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This Brisbane real estate map from 1914 is advertising 66 allotments of land for sale at the Rose Hill Estate, Rosalie, which is now part of the suburb of Bardon. The allotments... Read more

Shakespeare Fans

This is the Brisbane Shakespeare Society, dressed up for a production of Henry V at the Exhibition Building on 23 April 1918. Queenslanders at the time seemed to be equal fans of Shakespeare and Edward, the Prince of Wales. In 1920, to honor a visit by the Prince, they went all out with a Shakespeare... Read more

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