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Just not cricket : A J Hunting ahead of his time

A J Hunting was an inventor and  innovator, an entrepreneur and sports promoter. His most successful venture was the development and promotion of speedway racing in the 1920s. In 1933 Hunting sought to build on his speedway success with a new venture. Cricket at that time was strictly an amateur sport. Queensland had been admitted... Read more

Thorne Estate, [Thorneside], 1917 (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 real estate map from 1917 advertises 603 allotments of land and 13 small farms for sale at the Thorne Estate, located in what is now the Redland City suburb of... Read more

The backyard, free-standing sleep-outs of WW II: Are there any left?

The Queensland backyard structure we most associate with WW II is the air raid shelter but there was another. It was one of the solutions to the lack of accommodation for war workers and problems with getting adequate building materials and builders during WW II. From 1943, it was strongly promoted to householders. Recently, a... Read more

Charles Archer and the squatters chair

Bob Norris lay sprawling back in a shabby but comfortable old squatters’ chair, his leather-cased legs lying along the extended arms, and his head back amongst the cushions; a good-looking fellow, with the clear, brown skin of bush life, and hair that kinked in spite of its close crop. A curly, well-browned calabash was gripped... Read more

Anyone For Tennis?

With the Brisbane International in full swing, in a steamy Brisbane summer, it is timely to highlight some of the tennis related material held in the John Oxley Library.  The collections include photographs, cutting books, records of tennis clubs and associations, and published works about the history of tennis in Queensland. Show More Summary

New Year’s Day at the seaside, 1907

This photograph from our collection was purportedly taken on New Year’s Day in 1907 and depicts crowds of people enjoying the beach near Moora Park at Sandgate, which today is part of the Brisbane suburb of Shorncliffe. The Brisbane Courier newspaper reported on the popularity and special events held at Sandgate on the first day... Read more

Raineys Hill Top Park, [Chermside], 1925 (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 real estate map from 1925 advertises 99 allotments of land for sale at Raineys Hill Top Park Estate, located today in the Brisbane suburb of Chermside. The allotments were situated... Read more

Santa Claus visits Roma, 1922

This photograph of Father Christmas driving a group of children in his automobile in Roma on Christmas Eve, 1922 was published in the Sydney Mail newspaper on January 10, 1923. The Roma newspaper, Western Star and Roma Advertiser provides more details about this special event as well as providing a glimpse into how Roma residents... Read more

Lady Flo

Florence Isabel Bjelke-Petersen was the wife of Queensland’s longest serving and most controversial Premier and served as a Queensland Senator for twelve years, yet according to the blurb of her book Classic country wisdom: “Lady Flo shares her wealth of timeless hints in such domestic areas as cleaning, gardening, even grooming and etiquette, as well... Read more

Christmas and New Year in Brisbane 1904/1905

The John Oxley Library has recently acquired a fascinating shipboard diary written by 4th Officer, C.W. Loughridge, on the cargo ship “Torr Head” on a voyage from Belfast, Ireland, to Australia during October 1904 to January 1905.  The diary contains a detailed and often amusing account of the voyage with observational commentary on Port Adelaide, Melbourne,... Read more

A J Hunting and Speedway

Albert John Hunting was an ideas man. The National Archives hold many of his patents and the list of the companies that he registered is lengthy. His business interests were incredibly varied, ranging from tourism to mining to professional sport to alternate fuels to war time weaponry to hexagonal houses. According to his family, the... Read more

Allan & Stark Christmas book, 1917

The 1917 Christmas shopping catalogue from Brisbane’s Allan & Stark Ltd department store provides an insight into the types of products on offer to Queenslanders during the festive season. This sixteen page shopping catalogue contains...Show More Summary

Michael Gannon’s Pirates

Guest blogger: Conor Feehely – Archivist, Queensland Rugby Union. The skull and crossbones emblazoned across his team’s jersey may not have been to Michael Gannon’s liking, but it did characterise the buccaneering spirit with which he established himself at the helm of a raft of burgeoning sporting communities across South-East Queensland. Mr Gannon relocated to... Read more

Proclamation of Port Douglas

Guest blogger: Bill Wilkie – Douglas Libraries, Douglas Shire Council. This month on 1 December, Port Douglas celebrated its 140 year anniversary of settlement. A new information sign was unveiled at Teamsters Park, Craiglie by Cr Mayor Julia Leu and Douglas Shire Historical Society Executive Committee Member Noel Weare to mark the occasion. The port... Read more

Brisbane South Sudanese community photographs, 2010-11

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan, in East-Central Africa, formally obtained their independence after the results of a referendum showed an overwhelming 98.83% voted for separation. The referendum was held several months earlier in January with ABC News reporting that of the 27,000 southern Sudanese living in Australia, approximately 9,000 were eligible to vote. A... Read more

Wilson Estate, Sandgate, 1882 (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 real estate map from 1882 advertises 84 allotments of land for sale at the Wilson Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Sandgate. The allotments were situated on Petty Street (now... Read more

Queensland Places – Gulf of Carpentaria – Commonwealth Lightship Carpentaria

Lightships were used in various locations in Queensland as an effective means to protect shipping from the dangers of reefs or shoals, or as general navigational aids.  They were to prove an effective and cheaper alternative to lighthouses or beacons especially where these were not able to be built.  As part of the Commonwealth’s responsibility... Read more

Magnificent Makers: Frank Tunley’s Braille Maps

Readers of the John Oxley Library blog may remember a previous post regarding photographs of Frank Tunley and the wonderful dolls’ houses, models, maps and educational aids which he created for the children at the Brisbane School for the Blind (later known as Narbethong State Special School). One of the wonderful outcomes of our “Magnificent... Read more

Back to Yamsion Day

During October this year the residents of the Yamsion district forwarded an invitation to State Library and the Queensland Memory team to attend their Back to Yamsion Day. Prior to receiving the invitation, I had not heard of the township of Yamsion or any of the other settlements referred to by the organising committee as... Read more

Croydon Park, [Norman Park and Camp Hill], 1887 (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 real estate map from 1887 advertises 194 allotments of land for sale at the Croydon Park Estate, which is today part of the Brisbane suburbs of Norman Park and Camp... Read more

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