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Wattlebrae Infectious Diseases Hospital

The original Wattlebrae Hospital was a house within the confines of the Brisbane General Hospital, where those suffering from an infectious disease were treated and cared for. In 1910, an article appeared in the Brisbane Courier  announcing...Show More Summary

Queensland Memory Awards 2015

State Library of Queensland announced the recipients of four history awards at its annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony last night. State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Memory Awards were celebrated each year to acknowledge excellence in research and the creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s history. Show More Summary

Royal Flying Doctors

Guest blogger: Saadia Thomson Dwyer – Queensland State Archives This May marks the 87th anniversary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The RFDS quickly became a lifeline for the people of outback Queensland and other remote areas. It was founded by Rev John Flynn, a minister with the Presbyterian Church with a vision to provide... Read more

Building the railways : one man’s story

It was in the year 1864, when a boy of twelve years, that I started my first of many years as a Railway man. My home being in the Walloon district I heard of the projected commencement of the first permanent railway in Queensland, it being also the first section of the Southern and Western... Read more

Queensland Places – Musgrave Telegraph Station

One of the more important events in the history of the Cape York region was the opening of the overland telegraph line in 1887, which linked Brisbane as the capital with Queensland’s northern outposts as well as the rest of the world.  This vital communication link, stretching from Laura at the southern end of the... Read more

Opening of the Trocadero Dansant (1923)

The evening of 31 May 1923  saw Brisbane’s dancers kick up their heels in delight at the opening of the newest high-class dance palace, Trocadero Dansant, in Melbourne Street, South Brisbane. Prior to the opening, a full page advertisement in Queensland Society Magazine (pictured) promised an unforgettable experience – “There will be no fatigue after... Read more

Digitised @ SLQ – migrant women at Wacol

Guest Blogger – Dr. Donna Kleiss discusses Wacol Immigrants Holding Camp and  interviews with women migrants from SLQ’s  OH24 Migrant Women Oral History Collection “… The decision to accommodate those migrants on arrival in well-organised reception and training centres … is an entirely new departure from previous immigration plans. Show More Summary

Climbing the Mountains

Guest Blogger: Peachester History Committee – Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes While those of us who live in Glasshouse Country may take them for granted, the Glasshouse Mountains have always been a focus of interest and speculation. Professor Michael Meadows from Griffith University is an avid mountain climber and scholar who has made a... Read more

Queensland Places – Holy Trinity Church, Saibai

The present Holy Trinity Church on Saibai replaces a number of previous places of worship, with the first of these church buildings dating to the 1880s.  The first church building, constructed by the local community from largely local materials, was used by the early London Missionary Society missionaries.  This first building was soon replaced by... Read more

Maryborough’s Immigration Celebrations (2015)

Guest blogger: Kay Gassan – President, Maryborough Family Heritage Institute Inc Our Immigration Celebrations is an annual event. This year, we are celebrating 150 years since the arrival of Sophie and Golden Land voyages to Maryborough in 1865, also, 140 years since the arrival of the Great Queensland, Gauntlet, Tim Whiffler and Star Queen. These... Read more

New Accessions: ‘Henry’ Typescript (Accession 29795)

‘Henry’, a typescript recently acquired by the State Library’s Original Content unit, is a humorous story about a Model T Ford and his two devoted owners, Marjorie Elizabeth Newrick and Florence Cornwall. Marjorie and Florence, two young Brisbane women, bought Henry in 1936 for 10 pounds: ‘…we instantly adored that car. Certainly it was old and... Read more

Share your images of Anzac Day commemorations 2015

Are you attending commemoration activities in your local community on Anzac Day? Join us with our Anzac Day Today project and share images of these events online via Historypin. If you would like to be involved, all you need is a digital camera or smart phone and access the Anzac Day Today project page to upload... Read more

New Accession: Dr Errol Solomon Meyers Collection

The John Oxley Library has received a fascinating and very comprehensive collection regarding the life and medical career of Dr Errol Solomon Meyers.  The collection includes photographs, correspondence and publications by and aboutShow More Summary

Kidnappers of Space

Set in the future, 1976, this juvenile science fiction novel tells the story of two brothers captured by ‘golden men’ of Mars. The original edition, published in London in 1953, is scarce now. The author, Mary Elywn Patchett (1897 – 1989), grew up on a cattle property near Texas in Queensland and many of her... Read more

Rabbi Levine and the Brisbane Synagogue

Guest blogger: Carmel Hart (nee Levine) – adapted from her mother’s memoirs Rabbi Nathan Levine was born in Swislotz, Belarus in 1890 and was brought to England when a small boy. His father was appointed Rabbi in Liverpool, where he published some notable Hebrew books. In such an environment, Nathan was reared, seeing only love and... Read more

New accessions: German New Guinea Photograph Album (Accession 29711)

This interesting new acquisition comprises a photograph album documenting a year in service of the German cruiser S.M.S. Bussard (November 1895 to November 1896) under the command of K. K. Winkler. The album contains 27 photographs of the ship, its crew, native villages and landscapes. The ship’s itinerary for the period covered in the album included places... Read more

Bankfoot House

Guest Blogger : Friends of Bankfoot House Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes Bankfoot House, a heritage residence in the Glass House Mountains, was established along Old Gympie road in 1868 by William and Mary Grigor. It was a rest stop for the Cobb and Co Coach Service between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields and... Read more

Queensland Places – Torres Strait – Wreck of the ship Conqueror

The vessel Conqueror was a wooden, three masted barque weighing around 340 tons, which was mainly engaged in the transport of cargoes of various kinds between Australian ports and various locations to the north and elsewhere, becoming well known along these shipping routes.  In July 1866, the Conqueror sailed from Adelaide, calling at Newcastle for... Read more

An Important Bridge

Guest Blogger : Peachester History Committee Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes The Stanley River at Peachester is normally a quiet and unremarkable stream. Travelers who pass through the township would barely notice the...Show More Summary

New accessions: Edith and William Warnes Diaries (Accession 29618)

This interesting new accession comprises 38 diaries kept by a Queensland couple, Edith and William Warnes, between 1890 and 1927. William John Warnes was born on 20 February 1862 in Norfolk England. He came to Queensland when he was 21, in March 1883 on the Bulimba. Edith Mary Grant was born in New South Wales... Read more

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