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SLQ acquires Australia’s largest collection of Bee Gees recordings and memorabilia

“Is Jackson Estate still there?” enquired the Brothers Gibb about their former home at Cribb Island during a press conference at Brisbane Airport prior to their 3 concert performances at Festival Hall in September 1974. Despite achieving international stardom, the Bee Gees had not forgotten their Queensland roots. The Gibb brothers emigrated to Queensland as... Read more

Bands in Parks : 100 years of entertaining the Brisbane public

Sunday 28 August 2016 will see a special concert presented by the Brisbane City Council and the Brisbane Metropolitan Bands Association celebrating a century of the Brisbane Bands in Parks program. The concert will feature three bands, each with more than 100 years service to the Brisbane listening public, as well as the power of... Read more

Mabo v State of Queensland

Queenslanders everywhere grew up hearing the name Eddie Mabo. Many of us recall the land rights case which took 10 years to resolve and included a trial heard by Justice Martin Moynihan in the Supreme Court of Queensland, 27 February 1986. The High Court ruling was handed down in 1992. Mabo Day is celebrated each... Read more

Bulcock Estate, Caloundra, 1917 (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 1917 advertises 404 allotments of land for sale at the Bulcock Estate in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. There is a discrepancy between the map and newspaper advertisements... Read more

Queensland rifle clubs – History in pictures

The Queensland Rifle Association was formed in May 1861 making it the oldest sporting club in Queensland. Its nearest rival, the Queensland Turf Club was formed in 1863 and the Queensland Cricket Association and Queensland Yacht club two years later. From the beginning the Rifle Association had two separate and sometimes conflicting purposes. The first... Read more

Queensland Places – Torres Strait – Wreck of the 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

Not trash but treasure! Giving voice to political ephemera

Guest blogger, Lorann Downer, John Oxley Library Fellow for 2016. A hot pink t shirt from Anna Bligh’s successful 2009 bid to be the first woman elected as Premier and a slightly worn poster from Peter Beattie’s emphatic election win in 2001 – these are the favourites from my personal collection of Queensland political ephemera.... Read more

Railside Estate, Fairfield, 1914 (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 1914 advertises 28 allotments of land for sale at the Railside Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Fairfield. The allotments for sale were situated along Sunbeam... Read more

Queensland’s women of influence showcased

What is it that Mrs Janet Walker, Margaret Scott, Miss Madeline Bird, Dr Mercy Dickinson, Lady May Lamington and actress Mary Maguire have in common? The answer will be revealed at ‘A woman’s influence in Queensland‘, a Symposium hosted...Show More Summary

Harry Angel and ‘ham’ radio

The State Library of Queensland recently received a donation of an extensive collection of amateur radio QSL cards, previously belonging to Brisbane amateur radio enthusiast Harry Angel. Born near Fulham, England in 1891, Harry arrived in Australia as a young sailor in 1912. Soon after he enlisted in the Australian Army at the outbreak of World War One... Read more

Queen of the Nurses Quest

Guest blogger, Madonna Grehan, John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015. The Centaur Fund Series highlights Queenslanders’ special acknowledgement of the nursing profession, in the years after World War II. In 1948, the main fundraiser for Queensland’s Centaur Memorial Fund was a “Queen of the Nurses’ Quest”. The idea was for hospitals and health centres to... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Federal Hotel Visitors’ Book

The Federal Hotel, as with Thursday Island’s other hotels, was a well-known and popular destination for both residents and visitors alike.  The State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library holds an early Federal Hotel visitors’ book which records the hotel’s visitors as well as their thoughts about the hotel as well as Thursday Island and... Read more

St Stephen’s School Pittsworth : 100 years

On the 6th of August 1916 a new convent and school was dedicated at Pittsworth on the Darling Downs. The occasion was reported in the Brisbane Courier. The advent of the Sisters of St Joseph to Pittsworth was made the occasion of a large gathering today, when approximately 2000 persons assisted in the dedication of... Read more

Queensland Places – Normanton – Wreck of the Steamer Amy

The Amy was an small iron steamer of around thirty-four tons, which had been built in Brisbane in 1863, by shipbuilder G. McLean. The Amy served in a number of locations and in a range of roles up to 1877, when the vessel was acquired by Burns Philp & Co. Limited for its Gulf of... Read more

Barcaldine fire, 1909

About 3.30am on August 10, 1909, a train cleaner saw flames coming from Joseph Dias’ store in Oak St in Barcaldine, between Emerald and Longreach in Central Queensland. Within minutes the fire quickly took hold and spread to an adjoining saddler’s shop. The alarm was quickly raised – “the train alarm whistle, scour whistle, and... Read more

Missing heritage – The Canegrower Weekly from Mackay

There is nothing worse when searching through old Queensland newspapers and magazines to discover gaps in our collection; missing issues which for some reason were never acquired by State Library of Queensland. Sadly, in the case of The Canegrower...Show More Summary

SLQ acquires rare piece of Queensland music history

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of a limited release single, by a then unknown Brisbane band, which would become one of the seminal anthems for the punk rock movement. Recently State Library of Queensland was fortunate to acquire a copy of this extremely rare 7? vinyl single. The song, (I’m) Stranded by The Saints, was recorded... Read more

Einbunpin Festival 2016

  It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and join in the fun with Bunpin, the monster from the Einbunpin Lagoon as Sandgate celebrates the twenty-fourth Einbunpin Festival on Sunday 31st July 2016. I’m told that Bunpins are as true as any other magical creature we read about but we think of them as... Read more

The French pedestrian and the mystery woman

One of the treasures in the State Library collection is a diary unearthed by French language scholar Dr Colin Dyer some years ago. The diary is the work of French journalist Henri Gilbert who set off in 1895 on an ambitious attempt to walk around the world. This difficult and dangerous adventure was as the... Read more

East Ipswich Station Estate, East Ipswich, 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 26 allotments of land for sale at the East Ipswich Station Estate in East Ipswich. The map also lists the names of owners of existing... Read more

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