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Age of Consent

The Age of Consent came out on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year,  1938. At the time most books were published overseas and imported into Australia, which made Customs Department, with their total control over what came into the country, our main censor. It was a role they carried out with diligence... Read more

Groveley Lodge Estate, [Mitchelton], 1918 (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 1918 advertises over 350 allotments of land for sale at the Groveley Lodge Estate, today part of the Brisbane suburb of Mitchelton. The allotments were situated along... Read more

New Accession: Patricia Ward (nee Meadows) Papers, 1942-1986

Accession 30928 Patricia Phyllis Mary Ward was born at Wynnum in 1916, the youngest of the strongly Catholic family of five daughters and one son of William Sedden and Margaret Meadows. William Sedden came to Australia from England in 1904 and took up grazing at Charleville, where he married and raised his children. In 1928,... Read more

A home of your own

Guest blogger: Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. Housing affordability is one of the great issues facing Australia today, with more and more households unable to afford to buy a home. There are many contributing factors to house prices. In the Freedom Then, Freedom Now exhibition we look at land subdivisions... Read more

Wilston Estate, 1885 (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 1885 advertises 309 allotments of land for sale at Wilston Estate. The allotments were situated along Olney Street, Vale Street, Heather Street, Mars Street, Abuklea... Read more

Len Shillam’s 2/3 AHS Centaur Memorial, 1957

Sunday 14 May 2017 marks 74 years since the loss of the 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur. In this blog, Dr Madonna Grehan 2015 John Oxley Library Fellow, explains the origins of plaque at ANZAC Shrine which remembering Centaur’s personnel who were killed. A sandstone bas relief at ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance commemorates the... Read more

75th anniversary of the Cape Bedford Mission evacuation

At the height of the Second World War, on May 17 1942, military authorities closed the Cape Bedford Mission (later named Hope Vale) operated by the Lutheran Church, due to fears that the community might interact with Japanese pearlers. The German born missionary Georg Schwarz was arrested and placed in an interment camp and over 250 Aboriginal people at... Read more

A big thank you to our Queensland Memory volunteers!

This week we celebrate and acknowledge the contributions by volunteers who have generously given their time to work on projects within Queensland Memory at the State Library of Queensland. We wish to thank all volunteers that have been involved in the transcription of the Claudius Buchanan Whish diaries. This project commenced in 2009 and through... Read more

The Cautious Amorist

The Cautious Amorist was banned in Australia from May 1933 to October 1953, with the authorities citing both indecency and blasphemy. A story of three men and a young woman cast away on a Pacific island, it explored “the effects of shipwreck on maidenly modesty, ministerial morals, and masculine rivalry” and the battle of the sexes which ensued – a battle... Read more

Silver Teapots and Serviettes: Samios Foods

Guest blogger: Toni Risson, 2016 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow While thousands of Greeks worked behind café counters, Peter Samios came to Australia in 1922 and established a business supplying cafés with milkshake machines, monogrammed crockery, engraved sugar bowls, Bex, lollies etc. Peter first sold olives and olive oil from the basement of... Read more

Freedom Then, Freedom Now (5 May – 1 Oct 2017)

From drinking, smoking and gambling to voting, marrying and travelling — and everything in between — what are the freedoms that Queenslanders take for granted? Freedom Then, Freedom Now is an intriguing journey into our recent past exploring...Show More Summary

Little Red School Book

The Little Red School Book was the work of two Danish schoolteachers, Soren Hansen and Jesper Jensen. It appeared in 1969 and then essentially went viral, travelling around the world and whipping up outrage wherever it went. The first Australian edition, published in 1972, was promptly banned by the Queensland Literature Board of Review. In... Read more


In the lead-up to what promises to be a wonderfully engaging exhibition, the idea of freedom – our understanding of what it means to people, our shifting experience of its limits over time and the ambiguous nature of its consequences – has been something of a preoccupation within State Library of Queensland.  The forthcoming Freedom... Read more

51st anniversary of a 100 year time capsule

Guest blogger: Julie Hornibrook – 2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow On 4 May 1966, 51 years ago, the Amoco Memorial Time Capsule, was buried in a ceremony at Bulwer Island, Pinkenba, by the Premier of Queensland, the Honourable G.F.R. Nicklin. The plaque on site describes it as containing ‘documents and materials of significant... Read more

Show Ground Estate, Zillmere, 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 140 allotments of land (and three houses) for sale at the Show Grounds Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Zillmere. There is a discrepancy between the... Read more

Quilpie celebrates Centenary

If you were to travel nearly 1,000kms west of Brisbane along the Warrego Highway you would arrive at the township of Quilpie. It is there you would receive a warm welcome and an invitation to call in to the Shire’s Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery to discover everything there is to learn about the township,... Read more

Queensland Places – Victoria Memorial Institute, Thursday Island

The Victoria Memorial Institute building was an important part of the Thursday Island landscape for around ninety years, before being demolished in the early 1990s to make way for new council offices.  This photograph shows it as a well designed, impressive building with its name featured prominently over the front entrance.  It would, no doubt,... Read more

170th anniversary of George Croft’s Amphitheatre

On April 26, 1847, one of Brisbane’s first theatres gave its opening performance. In advertisements published in the Moreton Bay Courier, Mr George Croft’s Amphitheatre, situated in Russell Street, South Brisbane promised a spectacular...Show More Summary

Tarana Estate, Holland Park, 1926 (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 1926 advertises 102 allotments of land for sale at the Tarana Estate in Brisbane suburb of Holland Park. The allotments were situated along Logan Road, Holland Road, Barter... Read more

Free milk for Queensland school children (1953)

On March 3, 1953, more than 60,000 bottles of free milk were distributed to Brisbane students at 111 state schools, 37 independent schools and 15 pre-schools. Although the federal government had passed the State Grants (Milk for School Children) Act in December 1950, Queensland was the last state to introduce the scheme. Concern regarding distribution... Read more

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