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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

Archibald Meston, the Colonial Frontier, and Queensland Museums Purchase Order 150

A talk was presented by Justyne Wilson at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum on February 11, aimed at uncovering the original biographical timeline or ‘life cycle’ of the objects and stories in the P150 Collection, which was sold to the Queensland Museum in the late 1890s by Archibald Meston, then Protector of Aborigines in Queensland.  The collection... Read more

Architecture Students Visit John Oxley Library

On Thursday 19th March architecture students from Griffith University on the Gold Coast visited the John Oxley Library to view our architectural collections, and carry out research on the various topics which they had chosen for their project work.  The thirty-two, 3rd year architecture students, were accompanied by their lecturer, Dr Wouter Van Acker. Collection... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island Earthquakes

A little more than one hundred years ago, Thursday Island found itself at the centre of a series of earth tremors, which were amongst the earliest recorded earthquakes in Australia. On 29 October 1907, a severe earthquake was felt throughout the Torres Strait region at around 7am, followed by a series of smaller shocks over... Read more

Archibald Meston, the Colonial Frontier, and Queensland Museums Purchase Order 150

A talk was presented by Justyne Wilson at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum on the 11th February aimed at uncovering the original biographical timeline or ‘life cycle’ of the objects and stories in the P150 Collection, which was sold to the Queensland Museum in the late 1890s by Archibald Meston, then Protector of Aborigines in Queensland. ... Read more

Digitised @ SLQ : Geological map of the Moreton district

What did your part of Queensland look like over the past 150 years? Enjoy Geological Survey maps in the State Library’s collection. Featured is a newly digitised geological map of the Moreton district from 1955 created by renowned Dorothy Hill. Born in Brisbane in 1907, Dr. Hill attended Brisbane Girls Grammar School. She then won... Read more

Shorncliffe Pier – Out with the old and in with the new

Formerly known as Sandgate Pier, this long structure with its white timber rails and colonial lamps was completed in 1882. The Sandgate Pier Company Limited was formed on the 16 February 1882 to acquire freehold or leasehold land in the municipality of Sandgate on which to erect a pier, bathing houses, hotel and pavilions for... Read more

Kawana Island, Sunshine Coast

Guest Blogger – Sunshine Coast Heritage Library Series: Changing Landscapes Kawana, a beachside suburb of the Sunshine Coast is situated 94 kilometres north of Brisbane. Prior to the 1960s Kawana was undeveloped wallum country consisting of ti-tree, banksia, swamp grasses and mangroves with tidal sand and mud flats. The only access to this land was... Read more

New accessions: Reginald Heber Roe Correspondence (1916-1924)

This new acquisition contains 55 letters sent to Reginald Heber Roe in Brisbane by his family and friends in England and South Africa. Reginald Heber Roe (1850-1926) arrived in Brisbane as a young man, in 1876, to take the position of headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School. The school flourished under his leadership, producing graduates who... Read more

New Accession: Dilys Mary Birbeck Collection: From England to Sydney by Flying Boat

The John Oxley Library recently received an interesting collection created by English emigrant, Dilys Mary Birbeck, who travelled from England to Sydney, with her husband and two small daughters, by flying boat in 1948. The flying boat service between England and Australia began in 1938 when large luxury flying boats began to operate a thrice... Read more

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