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Blog Post Archive

Separation Day: the “true birth of Queensland”

10 December 2016 is the 157th anniversary of Sir George Ferguson Bowen, first Governor of Queensland, proclaiming the State of Queensland. Governor Bowen arrived in Brisbane, with his wife Lady Diamantina Bowen, on 9 December 1859.  He disembarked at the (City) Botanic Gardens and with his party travelled along George St and Queen St to... Read more

Brick additions – a donation and a pamphlet digitised@SLQ

State Library of Queensland recently received a small donation of ephemeral material from Stanton Library in North Sydney. This donation includes several leaflets from Brick Supplies Pty. Ltd., an enterprise described in The Truth on 11 February, 1940. Show More Summary

Bengal tiger at large in Brisbane (1888)

On November 21, 1888, Duncan Forbes was crossing Turbot Street in Brisbane’s CBD when he witnessed a shocking spectacle. According to the Telegraph newspaper, Forbes heard shrieking coming from Charles Higgins’ Great Menagerie of Wild Performing Animals, situated on the corner of George and Turbot streets. As he turned, he beheld a man running through... Read more

Donor contributes to His/Her Majesty’s Theatre Programs collection

Recently Queensland Library Foundation donor Ben Kehoe kindly donated a number of Her Majesty’s Theatre programs to SLQ, where they have enriched our extensive theatre program collection. Ben tells the story behind his gift. “These programs were originally the collection of Minnie White (nee Walsh) (1882-1943) and Ted White. It appears Minnie was a collector... Read more

Mount Coolum Beach Estate: 2nd section, 1923 (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 1923 advertises 100 allotments of land for sale at the Mt Coolum Beach Estate (2nd section) on the Sunshine Coast. The allotments were situated along Coolum Terrace, Scrub... Read more

Brisbane From The Air: Illustrated (1919)

In September 1919, The Queenslander newspaper published a series of aerial photographs of Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs under the title, Brisbane By Air. The photographs were taken by the newspaper’s photographer, Frederick William Thiel. Show More Summary

Wickham Estate, Hamilton, 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 real estate map from 1885 advertises 412 allotments of land for sale at the Wickham Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Hamilton. The allotments were situated along Nudgee Road, Winchester... Read more

Queensland’s first Sheffield Shield match – 90th anniversary

Although Australia’s domestic first-class cricket competition, the Sheffield Shield, had been in existence since 1892, Queensland was not admitted until 1926. Prior to this Sheffield Shield matches were played between New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia only. Show More Summary

Gairloch Bridge – 125th anniversary

In November 1891, construction of the Gairloch Bridge, a low level bridge crossing the Herbert River near Ingham, was completed. Building commenced in early 1890, however floods and a cyclone slowed its progress. Gairloch Bridge wasShow More Summary

Where did we park? History in Pictures

In the earliest decades of the 20th century car parking was simply a matter of leaving your car where you happened to stop. Rarely in the years before the First World War would you have found more than a few cars parked together. By the middle of the 1920s car parking had become a serious problem... Read more

1916 flood of Clermont commemorated

Guest blogger: Isaac Regional Council Clermont Historical Centre and the Isaac Regional Council are commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Clermont flood in the 2016 exhibition ‘A Flood of Memories’. Clermont is a small rural Queensland town, 380 kms west of Rockhampton in central Queensland. Clermont first came into prominence in the 1860’s when gold... Read more

Grassdale Estate 2nd section, [Belmont, Chandler, Gumdale], 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 real estate map from 1885 advertises over 400 allotments of land for sale at the Grassdale Estate, which today is spread across three Brisbane suburbs Belmont, Chandler and Gumdale. The... Read more

Queensland Places – Cape York – William Hann

The exploration of Cape York was undertaken over a long period of time by a range of navigators and explorers as well as overlanders, prospectors, miners, settlers and others.  Amongst these was William Hann who played his part in the story of Cape York exploration in 1872. William Hann was a pastoralist from the Charters... Read more

25 years of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld)

25 years ago the Queensland Parliament passed the final reading of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991. It was law reform that would change the way Queenslanders lived, worked, and interacted. For the first time in the State’s history an ethical and legal standard was set for what constituted acceptable behaviour towards others in the workplace and... Read more

A History of Fish Lane, part 3: The Fish Steam Laundry

During the 1880s, while the Eodone Aerated Water Company was booming along Soda Water Lane, another business was thriving a few dozen metres away on the opposite side of the lane. The Brisbane Steam Laundry had originally announced its opening in January 1881 on Grey Street, South Brisbane, under the management of B. Burlinson. After a couple of... Read more

Two men and a presentation cricket bat

In this post, Madonna Grehan, guest blogger and John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015, explains how an unidentified and undated photograph of two men and a cricket bat came to be held in the collection of the Centaur Memorial Fund at SLQ. The autographed, first-class cricket bat in this photograph was the major prize in... Read more

Ardentallen Estate, Enoggera, 1913 (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 1913 advertises 200 allotments of land for sale at the Ardentallen Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Enoggera. The allotments were situated along Samford Road, Norman Terrace,... Read more

“Welcome, Sweet Prince” – the Shakespearean Ball and Pageant

Guest blogger – Rebecca Clarke  During 1920 Edward, Prince of Wales conducted a highly successful tour of Australia, visiting 110 towns and cities between May and August. As part of the Queensland leg of the tour, on 30 July 1920 the Brisbane Shakespeare Society hosted a Shakespearean Ball and Pageant attended by the Prince, officers... Read more

Redevelopment of SLQ (2003-2006)

On Sunday afternoon, December 7, 2003, the State Library of Queensland’s building at South Bank closed its doors to the public; and so began almost 3 years of construction and redevelopment. SLQ moved from its former William Street location to South Bank in 1988; into the building designed by noted architect Robin Gibson. In May 2000,... Read more

Queensland Places – Raine Island – Raine Island Beacon

Raine Island is situated approximately 600 kilometres north-west of Cairns and around 120 kilometres east-north-east of Cape Grenville, with the island’s name said to derive from its rain drop shape. Whether or not this is the true basis for the island’s name, Raine Island is recorded as being the location of the oldest European structure... Read more

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