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Blog Post Archive

Serving Queensland – Lebanese Storekeepers

Guest blogger – Dr Anne Monsur. There has been a Lebanese presence in Queensland for almost 140 years. This is not obvious because until the 1940s, immigrants from Modern Lebanon were called Syrians.1 The arrival of increasing numbers of Lebanese in Queensland in the last two decades of the nineteenth century was part of a... Read more

Wecker Estate, [Coorparoo], 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 222 allotments of land for sale at the Wecker Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo. The allotments were situated along Old Cleveland Road,... Read more

At the Brisbane Ekka, 1950-1977 – the Centaur Memorial Fund’s money spinner

In this Ekka week, Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Fellow, revisits a relic of Sideshow Alley. Over the years, at Brisbane’s Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association’s Exhibition (RNA, the Ekka) the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses operated a Chocolate Wheel, like the one pictured here at the Southport Show in September 1949. In... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – E.L. Brown, General Importer and Merchant

The firm of E.L. Brown was an important part of the early Thursday Island business community, having been established in 1874.  Edmund Brown, also known as Captain Brown, had a long involvement in the maritime industry and a major part of his business was aimed at the local maritime and shipping sectors.  Goods such as... Read more

Too Rude for Queensland?

Guest blogger – Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. Censorship exists in all societies, from self-censorship in actions and language, through to bureaucratic networks controlling information, opinion and images. Show More Summary

“I am Dan Kelly” declares aged bushman

In August 1933 an old bushman entered the offices of the Truth, a Brisbane newspaper, and claimed to be none other than Dan Kelly, brother of Ned Kelly, and a key member of the Kelly Gang, who had supposedly died in the fire at the Glenrowan Hotel in 1880. The Truth published a series of... Read more

Seventh Division parade through Brisbane (1944)

On August 8, 1944, more than 10,000 servicemen of the Seventh Division of the Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF), most of them veterans of the Middle East and New Guinea campaigns, marched through Brisbane city streets. A crowd of approximately 250,000 gathered along the parade route to cheer the passing troops. Tram and rail services were... Read more

Redland Bay, 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 451 allotments of land for sale at Redland Bay in the Brisbane. The allotments were situated along North Street, Mill Street, Cane Street, Dart... Read more

60th anniversary of Brisbane’s first parking meters

On August 5, 1967, Brisbane’s first parking meters were introduced in the heart of the city. Approximately 200 meters were installed the previous day in Queen and Adelaide Streets, between George and Wharf Streets, as part of the planned roll-out of 2,000 parking meters throughout the inner city and Fortitude Valley. The metered parking on... Read more

The Thargomindah Bunyip (1941)

In August 1941, newspapers around Australia reported several sightings of a mysterious creature at the Dynevor Lakes near Thargomindah, 1000km west of Brisbane, following a spell of heavy rain. One witness quoted was postal inspector Mr J.G. Utz, who said he saw a black head about 30-45cm above the water. “I am inclined to think... Read more

Missing plane discovered after nearly five years (1948)

On the afternoon of July 5, 1948, a long military funeral procession wound its way through Bundaberg streets. Following a service at the Christ Church of England, the caskets were carried by ex-servicemen pallbearers and placed on two waiting trucks. The cortege was led by the Municipal Band and the Caledonian Pipe Band as the... Read more

A night at Cloudland with Rockpile (ft Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds) and The Apartments, 1979

On October 13, 1979, Brisbane radio station 4ZZZ presented British rock and roll group Rockpile in concert with Mental As Anything and The Apartment at now demolished Cloudland in Bowen Hills. Tickets were $5 or $3 for 4ZZZ subscribers (approximately $23 and $13.50 respectively today). Rockpile featured the talents of singer-songwriters Nick Lowe and Dave... Read more

Lathorn Estate, [Yeerongpilly / Yeronga], 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 118 allotments of land for sale at Lathorn Estate in the Brisbane suburbs of Yerongpilly and Yeronga. The allotments were situated along Ipswich Road,... Read more

Wish You Were Here – Vintage Postcards of Toowoomba

Today’s tour of turn-of-the-20th-century Toowoomba is brought to you by digitised postcards from our collection, while the commentary is provided by Darling Downs, Queensland, the garden of Australia, a book produced by the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau in 1908. So make yourself comfortable and get ready to discover “the garden of Australia”. Let the tour... Read more

Alvey Reels closing down after 97 years

After 97 years of trading, Alvey Reels Australia are closing their doors. The company, which manufactures fishing reels, was formed in 1920 by English migrant Charles Alvey. Initially based in the Brisbane suburb of St Lucia, Alvey Reels outgrew these premises, eventually moving its factory to Carole Park in 1978. In a posting on the... Read more

Dayboro settlement celebrates 150 years

Guest contributor: Dayboro District Historical Society  President Carmel Bond  This year marks 150 years since the small Queensland township of Dayboro was established as a settlement. Situated in the Moreton Bay Regional Council local government area, Dayboro is a short drive north-west of Brisbane and a popular destination because of its close proximity to the... Read more

The Great Sale of Hermit Park, Townsville, 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 191 allotments of land for sale at Hermit Park in Townsville. The allotments were situated along Charters Towers Road, Armstrong Street, Ackers Street, Ahearne... Read more

Bundaberg State High School now on the Queensland Heritage Register

The Queensland Heritage Council recently announced that several buildings at Bundaberg State High School have been added to the Queensland Heritage Register. The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places that have cultural heritage significance to the people of Queensland. Show More Summary

Television comes to South East Queensland (1959)

On July 1, 1959, television sets went on sale in Queensland for the first time. Retailers had agreed not to sell television sets before this date, so that there would be “orderly marketing”. The Courier-Mail reported that retailers had spent an estimated £50,000 ($1.3 million today) preparing for the sale. It was estimated that 300... Read more

Vale Dr Rod Fisher, Brisbane historian

Last month saw the passing of respected Brisbane historian Dr Rod Fisher in Brazil. Rod had been an longstanding member and former president of the Brisbane History Group as well as researching and authoring a variety of publications, including Diggles down under : Brisbane via Sydney from Merseyside 1855-80 (2003); Boosting Brisbane : imprinting the... Read more

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