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Queensland sportsmen who served during WW1 – Alan Marshal

Alan Marshal was born in Warwick on June 12, 1883, later moving to Brisbane with his parents. His earliest memory of playing cricket was with his two brothers outside their house in Gladstone Road, South Brisbane. His passion for the game continued as he played for South Brisbane State School and Brisbane Grammar School. He... Read more

KISS deafens Lang Park (1980)

Are Queenslanders wowsers when it come to loud concerts? On October 13, legendary US rock band KISS are set to perform at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. It is nearly 35 years since the group first performed in Brisbane at Lang Park (now Suncorp Stadium). That concert was not without controversy. On November 25, 1980, a... Read more

5 heritage-listed buildings in Maryborough

On 26 and 27 September, Maryborough Open House returns with a number of buildings and gardens opening their doors and/or gates for public viewing. The following 5 heritage-listed buildings form part of this year’s itinerary. 5.  Maryborough School of Arts The Maryborough School of Arts was constructed in 1887-8 to the design of Melbourne and Adelaide architect,... Read more

125th anniversary of the Longreach Jockey Club

2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Longreach Jockey Club. State Library of Queensland is very fortunate to house of a large collection of historical administrative documents generated by the club, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, account books and annual reports. Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Grand Hotel, Victoria Parade, Thursday Island

The present day Grand Hotel, Thursday Island, replaces the earlier, original, Grand Hotel, which was built in around 1890, surviving for a century before being destroyed by fire in 1990. Various newspaper references to the former Grand Hotel, particularly during the hotel’s early years, describe it as one of the best hotels in North Queensland... Read more

Pop Culture Quest: Preserving Queensland’s Trekker history

Although the original Star Trek series ran for only 3 seasons (1966-69) before it was cancelled by NBC due to low ratings, it has gone on to become a pop culture phenomenon, resulting in a movie franchise and several popular spin-off series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek Voyager. Legions of... Read more

Early Queensland photography – Poulsen Studios

In 1885 (130 years ago), Poul C. Poulsen opened his photographic studio at No.7 Queen Street in Brisbane and over time established himself as an important and longstanding early Queensland photographer. State Library of Queensland is fortunate to hold a large collection of photographs taken by the Poulsen Studios. Polsen was born in Denmark in 1857 and... Read more

Queensland Ambulance Service – History in Pictures

Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade was formed on September 12, 1892 from very humble beginnings. The idea of forming a civil ambulance service was initiated by Seymour Warrian of the Ambulance Corps in the Queensland Defence Force, after an accident that occurred during the Brisbane Exhibition. A horse rider had fractured his leg when his horse fell. The... Read more

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery hosts SLQ exhibition

Guest blogger – Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Over a century after squatters travelled between Brisbane and their stations on the Darling Downs, a major exhibition about their lives, lands and family fortunes has journeyed up the Range to Toowoomba. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is currently hosting a SLQ travelling exhibition, Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings:... Read more

Event – Great Houses of Ipswich

Great Houses of Ipswich is a not-for-profit community partnership promoting Ipswich, its unique vernacular architecture and heritage homes. On September 12, three privately owned, heritage-listed houses will open their doors to the public. The three heritage homes are: Claremont – 1A Milford Street, Ipswich Designed in 1857 as a home for John Panton, a prominent... Read more

Queen Elizabeth II – History in Pictures

On Wednesday 9 September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest serving monarch in British history, surpassing the record of Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. Elizabeth was proclaimed Sovereign on February 6 1952, following the death of her father King George the Sixth. Queen Elizabeth’s coronation took place on... Read more

Eleanor Roosevelt’s visit to Rockhampton (1943)

At 5pm on September 9, 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt – wife of then US president Franklin D. Roosevelt – arrived by plane at Rockhampton on the seventh day of her tour of Australia. The main purpose was to visit American troops stationed here and convey to them the thanks of the president and herself. Mrs Roosevelt... Read more

5 fantastic sea voyage diaries

State Library of Queensland hold numerous personal diaries in its collection. Some of these diaries record the experiences of migrants during the long voyage to Queensland and can include such details as weather conditions, the entertainment aboard ship and the petty squabbles between passengers. Show More Summary

From conflict-torn Indonesia, Wacol migrant greets Queen Mother

In the recently digitised collection of Migrant Women Oral History  at State Library is the story of Luberta Goote who migrated from Indonesia, fleeing civil unrest to find safe haven at the Wacol Migrant Camp in Queensland in 1957. She went from fear to happiness that included getting used to celebratory fireworks and even meeting the Queen Mother.... Read more

Who first slept in this house? Loma Linda, Northgate

Who was the original owner of Loma Linda, a large, distinctive house on a ridge in Northgate, originally occupying acres? We were told there was a link to Bundaberg sawmills, where timber was especially milled and used in the house’s particular wooden features, and the family had been resident there for at least 40 years... Read more

SLQ goes to Hollywood

Did you know three photographs from State Library of Queensland’s collection were used in a recent $35 million Hollywood blockbuster? ‘Saving Mr Banks’, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, depicts the making of Walt Disney’s 1964 adaptation of Mary Poppins, the beloved character of P. L. Travers’ children’s books. Travers (real name Helen Lyndon Goff) was born... Read more

Multicultural Queensland – History in Pictures

August 22-30 is Queensland Multicultural Week, the state’s largest celebration of multiculturalism. It’s the perfect time to delve in SLQ’s historical collections of photographs, diaries, letters and more and explore Queensland’s diverse cultural landscape. Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Hotel Metropole

For many years, the Hotel Metropole, formerly situated at No 1 Douglas Street, Thursday Island was a prominent landmark in the town, as well as being a popular venue for locals and visitors. This advertisement, dating from 1897, shows both internal and external views of the hotel, then managed by Mr. D. Swiss-Davies. It is... Read more

5 Queensland scientists who you’ve (probably) never heard of

For National Science Week 2015, let’s look back at 5 Queensland scientists who you might not have heard of. 5. Botantist – Frederick Manson Bailey (1827-1915) (The following extract is taken from E. N. Marks, ‘Bailey, Frederick Manson...Show More Summary

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