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Queensland Places – Coen

The name of the town of Coen is said to have been derived from the Cape York Peninsula river of the same name.  The river was originally named by the Dutch navigator Jan Carstensz, during his 1623 voyage through the region, in honour of the then Governor of the Dutch East Indies. In the period [...]

A Golden Opportunity for Gold Coast Community Museums

Guest Blogger: Josh Tarrant - Museum Development Officer- South East Queensland Region Recently, members of the Gold Coast Heritage Voice network were treated to a behind the Scenes tour of both the John Oxley Library and the Southbank campus of the Queensland Museum. Brian Randall, Anne Scheu and staff at SLQ were generous enough to [...]

Queensland Places – Wild Irish Girl Reef, Mine and Crushing Works, Palmer River

The Palmer River Gold Field followed a similar pattern to many other gold mining fields.  Beginning as rich sources of alluvial gold, the fields then evolved into surface or deep reef mining areas, with heavy machinery needed to extract payable levels of gold.  In the case of the Palmer River area, this was taking place [...]

Podcast: Johnstone Gallery (A night in the JOL)

The Johnstone Gallery operated in Brisbane from 1950–72, a seminal time in the development of an audience for contemporary art in Australia. The gallery represented major Australian artists including Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan, Donald Friend, Arthur Boyd, Ray Crooke and Margaret Olley.   Gallery owners Brian and Marjorie Johnstone were well known for their friendliness, [...]

A long ride on a tall bicycle : Sydney to Rockhampton in 1884

No doubt many readers have been following the recent Tour de France but the impressive performances of the riders in that classic event in many ways pale to insignificance when compared to the epic ride of George E. C. Timewell in 1884.  The ‘road’ from Sydney to Brisbane and on towards Rockhampton was dreadful enough [...]

Vale Blair Wilson

Brisbane architect Blair Wilson recently passed away, aged 83. Born in 1930, Blair began his architectural education in 1949, attending the Brisbane Central Technical College and the University of Queensland. He followed in the footsteps of his father Ronald Martin Wilson and grandfather Alexander Brown Wilson, who founded Wilson Architects in 1884. Blair was principal [...]

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and the New National Trust Significant Tree Database/App

Guest blogger: Margaret Munro – Volunteer, City Botanic Gardens Queensland has many outstanding trees. The 2,000 year old Antarctic Beech Trees (Nothofagus moorei) on the Springbrook plateau – relics of Gondwana, beautiful Norfolk Pines...Show More Summary

Sharing stories from Multicultural Communities

“What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilisations and cultures,...Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Keiraville, Ipswich

This grand Ipswich residence, located in Roderick Street, has long been a part of the city’s history, dating from 1886. It is believed to have been built for the Cribb family by local building contractor, John Mackenzie, who originally acquired the land upon which Keiraville stands, in 1884. It is not clear who actually planned [...]

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner

On Thursday 17 July I had the pleasure of attending the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. In its sixth year and with more than 800 guests, the Hall of Fame inducted six more Queensland leaders, businesses and families at the gala event. Her Excellency [...]

Indigenous Languages Blog Launched

The State Library has launched a new Indigenous Languages Blog! This space will be a portal for State Library, IKCs, Indigenous Language Centres, Community Language Workers and others to share and network about Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The Categories for the Blog reflect some of the key themes for Indigenous languages: Resources, [...]

Electric city : trams and power in Brisbane

Brisbane in the nineteenth century was in many ways a primitive, frontier town with unpaved streets and an unreliable water supply but in other ways it was in the forefront in adopting new technology.  I have previously described Brisbane’s early and enthusiastic adoption of the new telephone technology.  The Brisbane Gas Company was incorporated in [...]

83 Queensland history interviews and going strong

State Library of Queensland’s project coordinator Myles Sinnamon has recently completed 83 interviews with ABC Radio, talking about Queensland history every Tuesday night at 9 pm.  An employee for more than 20 years, Myles brings out ephemera, curiosities, and knowledge of collections from the John Oxley Library to share. Myles said that his favourite of [...]

Snapping Dinosaurs

Whilst Clive Palmer might be raising hell with the carbon tax, there’s a roaring of a different kind at his Palmer Coolum Resort, Queensland. Canberra may indeed seem like a land before time, but if you want to see some “real” dinosaurs, head to Palmersaurus, the Dinosaur theme park at Clive Palmer’s Coolum Resort. Documentary [...]

Podcast: Queensland Places (A night in the JOL)

State Library of Queensland’s collections contain a wide range of material about Queensland locations. Many of the items promote these places as tourist destinations, illustrating aspects of the Queensland tourism industry from as early as the 1920s, such as the Queensland Rail Sunshine Route. Listen to Queensland historians Professor Peter Spearritt from The University of [...]

Queensland Police Service and last police tracker, Coen

Guest blogger: Susan Boulton – A/ Manager Public Access, Queensland State Archives Established on 1 January 1864, the Queensland Police Force is celebrating 150 years of service. Since the inception of Queensland and the Police Service, local trackers have been employed, initially to assist troopers and later Queensland Police officers. The hunting skills of Aboriginal trackers [...]

Queensland Places – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Thursday Island

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church was built by the priests of the Mission of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart soon after they arrived on the island in late 1884.  It is likely that the first church building they built forms part of the existing church, although this is not certain.  However, by [...]

Plants Worthy of Attention in an Indooroopilly Park

Recently the State Library of Queensland received a request for information regarding the early beginnings of a garden now called Thomas Park, Bougainvillea Gardens in Indooroopilly. In 1867, Robert Jarrott purchased land at Indooroopilly and proceeded to clear and prepare it for cultivation and farm use. Within a year he had built a home on [...]

Hot Modernism coming soon

State Library will be opening a new exhibition to the public on 9 July 2014. Hot Modernism: Building modern Queensland 1945-75 is the culmination of an ARC Linkage Grant with the UQ School of Architecture and will investigate Queensland’s modernist architecture post-WWII. The exhibition focuses on five key themes relevant to the period: Climate and Regionalism, Urbanism [...]

Say “G’day” in an Indigenous language!

Many Australians can say ‘bonjour’ or ‘konnichiwa’ for hello in French or Japanese, but how many people know how to say g’day’ in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language? How many people know the name of their local Indigenous language? Do you know any words from your local Indigenous language? Are there place-names, landmarks [...]

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