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Allan & Stark Christmas book, 1917

The 1917 Christmas shopping catalogue from Brisbane’s Allan & Stark Ltd department store provides an insight into the types of products on offer to Queenslanders during the festive season. This sixteen page shopping catalogue contains...Show More Summary

Michael Gannon’s Pirates

Guest blogger: Conor Feehely – Archivist, Queensland Rugby Union. The skull and crossbones emblazoned across his team’s jersey may not have been to Michael Gannon’s liking, but it did characterise the buccaneering spirit with which he established himself at the helm of a raft of burgeoning sporting communities across South-East Queensland. Mr Gannon relocated to... Read more

Proclamation of Port Douglas

Guest blogger: Bill Wilkie – Douglas Libraries, Douglas Shire Council. This month on 1 December, Port Douglas celebrated its 140 year anniversary of settlement. A new information sign was unveiled at Teamsters Park, Craiglie by Cr Mayor Julia Leu and Douglas Shire Historical Society Executive Committee Member Noel Weare to mark the occasion. The port... Read more

Brisbane South Sudanese community photographs, 2010-11

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan, in East-Central Africa, formally obtained their independence after the results of a referendum showed an overwhelming 98.83% voted for separation. The referendum was held several months earlier in January with ABC News reporting that of the 27,000 southern Sudanese living in Australia, approximately 9,000 were eligible to vote. A... Read more

Wilson Estate, Sandgate, 1882 (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 1882 advertises 84 allotments of land for sale at the Wilson Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Sandgate. The allotments were situated on Petty Street (now... Read more

Queensland Places – Gulf of Carpentaria – Commonwealth Lightship Carpentaria

Lightships were used in various locations in Queensland as an effective means to protect shipping from the dangers of reefs or shoals, or as general navigational aids.  They were to prove an effective and cheaper alternative to lighthouses or beacons especially where these were not able to be built.  As part of the Commonwealth’s responsibility... Read more

Magnificent Makers: Frank Tunley’s Braille Maps

Readers of the John Oxley Library blog may remember a previous post regarding photographs of Frank Tunley and the wonderful dolls’ houses, models, maps and educational aids which he created for the children at the Brisbane School for the Blind (later known as Narbethong State Special School). One of the wonderful outcomes of our “Magnificent... Read more

Back to Yamsion Day

During October this year the residents of the Yamsion district forwarded an invitation to State Library and the Queensland Memory team to attend their Back to Yamsion Day. Prior to receiving the invitation, I had not heard of the township of Yamsion or any of the other settlements referred to by the organising committee as... Read more

Croydon Park, [Norman Park and Camp Hill], 1887 (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 1887 advertises 194 allotments of land for sale at the Croydon Park Estate, which is today part of the Brisbane suburbs of Norman Park and Camp... Read more

Protect Your Luv Against AIDS

This poster was produced for the Australian AIDS campaign by Student Initiatives in Community Health, a service funded by the Commonwealth government. S.I.C.H. came to an untimely end in 1992 after a satirical piece published in their...Show More Summary

World AIDS Day

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been held annually on December 1 to raise awareness in the fight against the spread of HIV. According to UNAIDS, there were approximately 36.7 million people around the world living with HIV in 2016 with an estimated 35 million deaths from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic... Read more

Baroona Estate, [Paddington/Auchenflower], 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 189 allotments of land for sale at the Baroona Estate, which is today part of the Brisbane suburbs of Paddington and Auchenflower. There is... Read more

The Green Monster

At one point it seemed as if nothing could stop the invasion of Australia by prickly pear. The area infested in Queensland was immense,  stretching from Mackay to the New South Wales border, and huge tracts of land were abandoned as graziers and farmers were driven off their properties. By the early 1920s “The Pear” infested 60... Read more

Battle of Brisbane

Guest blogger: Dr Judith Powell – Q Anzac 100 Fellow 26 November 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Brisbane, an event that has become so much a part of Brisbane folklore that when Queenslander Jeff Horn met reigning welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in the boxing ring at Lang Park, the event was... Read more

The Go-Betweens: Right Here documentary features SLQ images

The 2017 documentary, The Go-Betweens: Right Here by director Kriv Stenders, delves into the history of the beloved indie group. The Go-Betweens were formed in Brisbane by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in 1977. The documentary uses...Show More Summary

Aerial pageant in Brisbane, 1927

On November 12, 1927, an estimated crowd of 6000 gathered at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm to watch an aeronautical extravaganza. Organised by the state branch of the Australia Aero Club and touted as its first annual Aerial Pageant, the event promised thrills including an aerial derby, a bombing display, mock air battle and a parachute jump.... Read more

Paxton Communal Farm

Recently digitised at the State Library of Queensland is a 10 minute long, early 1940s film documenting the brief existence of Paxton Farm in the Slacks Creek area, now Springwood. The communal farm was established in 1941 by members of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The footage was taken by J. K. Brown, a... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – The naming of some of the main streets

The area now comprising the central area of Thursday Island was originally called Port Kennedy, in honour of the former Governor of Queensland, Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy.  However, over time, the name Thursday Island became more commonly used as the alternative to the name Port Kennedy. The first formal land survey, with the laying out... Read more

Rathdonnell Estate, Auchenflower, 1911 (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 1911 advertises 84 allotments of land for sale at the Rathdonnell Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Auchenflower. The allotments were situated on Milton Road, Wienholt... Read more

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first public concert, 1947

On March 26, 1947, the newly-formed Queensland Symphony Orchestra gave their first public concert at Brisbane’s City Hall, in front of an audience of 2,500 people. The concert was supported by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission), the Queensland State Government and the Brisbane City Council. Percy Code was the guest conductor for the event. Favorable... Read more

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