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Queensland Places – Claremont, Ipswich

Claremont, located in Milford Street, Ipswich, is one of the city’s finest colonial residences and dates from around the time of Queensland’s separation from New South Wales. The building was originally designed in the late 1850s by William Claydon Wakefield for John Panton, who was a prominent Ipswich merchant. John Panton’s father had also been... Read more

Indooroopilly Township, Brisbane, 1889 (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 Brisbane real estate map from 1889 is advertising over 288 allotments of land for sale at the Indooroopilly Township in the suburb of Indooroopilly. Show More Summary

Building the Kuranda railway : history in pictures

One of the noblest characteristics of true greatness is modesty, but the people of Cairns are not altogether prepared to admire it when connected too intimately with so important an event as the opening of the second section of the Cairns-Herberton railway. The line was opened on Thursday last without any flourish of trumpets whatever,... Read more

Trespass Posts

Guest blogger: Bill Kitson – Retired museum curator and co-author of Surveying Queensland 1839-1945 : a pictorial history It has been said and words have been written, that the boundary posts erected on the Town Boundary of Brisbane in 1852 were placed there to inform the Aboriginal people and the police that ‘no Aboriginal person was... Read more

Ivy Estate, Toowong, Brisbane, 1884 (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 Brisbane real estate map from 1884 is advertising over 170 allotments of land for sale at the Ivy Estate in the suburb of Toowong. The sale also includes an existing house,... Read more

A night at Festival Hall with the Ramones (1980)

From its opening in 1959 until its demolition in 2003, Festival Hall was one of Brisbane’s premiere concert venues. A wide variety of Australian and international artists played at Festival Hall over this period, including the likes of Sammy Davis Jr (1959); Ricky Nelson (1960); The Beatles (1964); Ray Charles (1967); The Monkees (1968); Cat Stevens (1972);... Read more

Normanby Hotel – History in Pictures

The historic Normanby Hotel, which sits on the corner of Musgrave Road and Kelvin Grove Road in the Brisbane suburb of Red Hill, has been a distinctive landmark since the building’s construction in 1890. An earlier building, also named the Normanby Hotel, existed on the site from the 1872. The new Normanby Hotel was officially opened... Read more

2016 Queensland Memory Awards announced

The State Library of Queensland recently announced the recipients of the Queensland Memory Awards at a ceremony held on site and hosted by award winning journalist Trent Dalton. CEO and State Librarian Sonia Cooper said: “The Queensland Memory awards which are proudly supported by the Queensland Library Foundation are celebrated each year to acknowledge excellence... Read more

Jon Barlow Hudson’s Expo 88 sculptures

Jon Barlow Hudson is an American sculptor who specialises in large public works of stone and steel.  In the 1980’s he was commissioned to create two large sculptures for Expo 88 in Brisbane, Queensland, both of which in many ways have become iconic symbols of the event. The Paradigm statue was a 30 metre high... Read more

Jubilee Township, Bardon, Brisbane, 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 Brisbane real estate map from 1887 is advertising 488 allotments of land for sale at the Jubilee Township estate in the suburb of Bardon. The allotments for sale were situated... Read more

Whatever happened to Queensland rock magazine Backstage?

In July 1980, Backstage, a Queensland rock music magazine published its first edition. Valued at 40 cents, Backstage was modelled after successful rock music magazines of the period, such as UK’s NME and Melody Maker and the Sydney based Rock Australia Magazine (RAM). The publication was the brainchild of Graham Aisthorpe, who came up with the concept... Read more

Betty Mansion

Guest blogger: Julie Hornibrook – 2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow Betty Mansion was a marvellous doll’s house built for eight year old Betty Hornibrook at Clontarf in 1935. This was the same year as the opening of the Hornibrook Highway, built by her father Manuel Hornibrook. Betty’s birthday was in May, perhaps... Read more

A night at Cloudland with XTC, Flowers (Icehouse) and The Numbers (1979)

“Cloudland, a symbol of the past, ballroom luxury, lurex and romance has now become known overnight as Brisbane’s chief rock venue outside Festival Hall”, reported Robert Cameron in the June 1979 edition of non-profit community magazine, Time Off. Show More Summary

Revealing more of the Queensland story…

Anyone checking for digitised content held at State Library will be aware of the growing number of items. Did you know there are more than 106,500 digitised collection items relating to Queensland? Photographs, maps, illustrated newspaper covers, journals, music scores, digital and oral stories, pamphlets and brochures to name several. A range of small print... Read more

25th anniversary – ‘Emperor of Lang Park’ retires from State of Origin

“It seemed almost the hand of God, or Wally Lewis, was at work when the ground announcer revealed the King was abdicating his throne” reported the Sydney Morning Herald. Twenty-five years ago this month (June 12, 1991), the scene was set for an exciting finish to the State of Origin rugby league series. Over 33,000... Read more

The “Wild Scotchman” : Queensland bushranger James MacPherson Pt.2

In Part 1 of the story We followed the career of James Aplin MacPherson, a.k.a. The Wild Scotchman as far as his capture on 31 March 1866 and subsequent imprisonment in Brisbane Gaol awaiting trial. Many in the community were sympathetic towards the dashing young bushranger but others thought he should be treated very harshly... Read more

Fairholme Estate, Milton, Brisbane, 1913 (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 Brisbane real estate map from 1913 is advertising 28 allotments of land for sale at the Fairholme Estate in the suburb of Milton. The allotments for sale were situated along Cribb... Read more

The “Wild Scotchman” : Queensland bushranger James MacPherson Pt.1

James Alpin MacPherson was a lad of twelve when he arrived in Queensland from Scotland with his family. His father went to work for the McConnell family at Cressbrook in the Brisbane valley. Young James went to school in Brisbane where he studied diligently and learned French and German as well as becoming a fluent... Read more

Remarkable images…remarkable stories!

Every day is an opportunity to discover the remarkable content being digitised and shared through One Search, State Library’s catalogue. While working on a recent project at State Library, which involved heritage leaders, cultural heritage...Show More Summary

Italian aviator visits Brisbane during long distance flight (1925)

On August 6, 1925, Brisbane awaited the arrival of Italian aviator Marchese Francesco de Pinedo, chief of staff of the Italian Air Force. Accompanying de Pinedo was engineer Ernesto Campanelli. The pair had left Rome on April 1, their objective a long-distance flight of 55,000 kilometres to Australia and Japan before returning to Italy. The... Read more

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