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Queensland Places – Gooloowan, Ipswich

The prominent Ipswich landmark, Gooloowan, was built for the well known Ipswich storekeeper and businessman Benjamin Cribb and his second wife, Clarissa, who was a member of the Foote family. Benjamin had previously formed a business partnership with John Foote, with the resulting business trading as Cribb and Foote for many years. Benjamin Cribb married... Read more

Oxford Estate, Paddington, 1899 (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 1899 advertises 90 allotments of land for sale at the Oxford Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington. There is a discrepancy between the map and newspaper advertisements... Read more

Rona Joyner and the Society to Outlaw Pornography

The founder of STOP (the Society to Outlaw Pornography) and CARE (the Committee Against Regressive Education), Rona Joyner was either a crackpot or a defender of society’s morals, depending on your point of view. Queensland teachers who were around in the 1970s still wince at the mention of her name.  With the support of the Premier, Joh Bjelke-Petersen,... Read more

Early ballet in Queensland

The State Library of Queensland has recently digitised a selection of images from the Marjorie Lucas Papers and Photographs.  These images, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, depict early days in the development of ballet in Queensland. Born in Brisbane in 1905, Marjorie Hollinshed spent her teen years in Melbourne before returning to Brisbane in 1924.... Read more

100th anniversary – C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten

This month marks the 100th anniversary of C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten located on Charlotte Street. The Paddington branch was officially opened on September 23, 1916 by Lady Goold-Adams, wife of the Governor of Queensland, Sir Hamilton John Goold-Adams and patroness of the Creche and Kindergarten Association. A creche operated on the site between 1917 and... Read more

Local Family Business Spans 142 years and four generations

                  Last month saw the closure of an iconic Sandgate business after the passing of local identity, Norm Hawgood, aged 92. In 1973, Norm and his wife Helen started their jewelry and giftware business, which has been servicing Sandgate, surrounding suburbs and even greater Brisbane for the... Read more

Robinson’s Paddock, Banyo, 1928 (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 1928 advertises 81 allotments of land for sale at Robinson’s Paddock in the Brisbane suburb of Banyo. The allotments were situated along Red Hill Road, Walton Street, Bungunya... Read more

Queensland’s Navy : The Queensland Marine Defence Force

Many will not be aware that prior to Federation Queensland maintained its own naval defence forces consisting of two gunboats and sundry other vessels and a force of several hundred trained officers and crew, mainly part time volunteers. When Queensland became a separate colony in 1859 one of the first thoughts of Governor Bowen, who... Read more

Queensland Places – Cape York – Tabletop

The town of Tabletop, located in the Croydon area, was first surveyed and laid out in 1887, at the time when the Croydon goldfield was at its most productive. The new town’s surveyor was W.A. Irwin and the goal in developing Tabletop was to serve the large gold-bearing reefs and mining operations in the area.... Read more

How to crown a Queen

In this episode of “The Centaur Fund Series”, Madonna Grehan, guest blogger and John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015, sheds light on Toowoomba’s first Queen of the Carnival of Flowers. On Saturday evening 28 October 1950, a reported crowd of 40,000 people assembled at the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Streets, eagerly anticipating the crowning... Read more

Rocklea Township, [Moorooka], 1884 (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 1884 advertises 214 allotments of land for sale at the Rocklea Township...Show More Summary

Digitised @ SLQ: Thirty-three miles to Rollingstone

If you were to go hunting online for information about the small North Queensland township of Rollingstone – or the slightly larger adjoining coastal town of Balgal Beach – chances are you’d come across palm trees, a view onto a breathtakingly blue stretch of ocean, mention of resort facilities, tourism awards and camping. It so... Read more

Dancer Dayne Cory and the Ballet Theatre of Queensland

Guest bloggers: Rachel Kersley and Casey Manthey In 2013, the State Library of Queensland received donation of the 29247 Dayne Cory Records, a collection of ballet memorabilia primarily relating to the Ballet Theatre of Queensland (BTQ). For many years, Dayne Cory was one of the cornerstones of the Ballet Theatre of Queensland, and this extensive... Read more

The Alma Moodie Letters

By those who know of her, Alma Moodie has been called the greatest violinist to have ever left Australia. Her name isn’t etched into our cultural memory in the same way as other Australian born talents, very possibly because she left no recordings of her playing, or maybe because she spent the majority of her... Read more

Princess Alexandra : royal visit 1959 : History in pictures

1959 was the centenary of Queensland and representing Queen Elizabeth II at the celebrations was her first cousin Princess Alexandra. Queen Elizabeth had visited Queensland with Prince Philip in 1954 after her coronation and would return in 1963 but in 1959 the royal duties were delegated to Princess Alexandra who was a very popular young... Read more

A history of Fish Lane, part 1: St. Thomas’ Church of England

Fish Lane in South Brisbane has recently been undergoing a rapid process of gentrification and revitalisation, with bars and restaurants popping up along it and and concerted effort being made to make it a fashionable southside destination. However, for decades this narrow alleyway which currently runs between Grey and Manning Streets, was a neglected back... Read more

SLQ – a refuge from Black Friday (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

A recently digitised letter reveals that the Public Library of Queensland (formerly State Library of Queensland), was used as a place of temporary shelter on a day which was later dubbed ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Baton Friday’ at the height of the Brisbane General Strike of 1912. The strike started on January 18, 1912 after members of... Read more

Highlighting Queensland’s links to the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses

This week John Oxley Fellow (2015) Dr Madonna Grehan presented highlights of her research for staff at SLQ. In her presentation ‘Something tangible to show our gratitude’ – a history of Queensland’s Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses, Madonna talked to select events that occurred across Queensland. The Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses was established in... Read more

Ashgrove East, Section 1, Brisbane, 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 real estate map from 1889 advertises 149 allotments of land for sale at the Ashgrove East estate in the Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove. The allotments were situated along Waterworks Road, Devonshire Street, Exeter... Read more

Retro Fashion – Colvins fashion catalogue, 1938

Take a journey back in time and discover what Queenslanders were wearing way-back-when by flipping through our digitised Queensland fashion catalogues. This 1938 Spring and Summer fashion catalogue was produced by clothing manufacturer Colvins. Show More Summary

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