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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

Queensland Places – Normanton

The Cape York town of Normanton takes its name from the nearby Norman River which was first navigated and chartered in the mid 1860s.  The selection of the site and Normanton’s establishment came about as a consequence of the need to identify a more suitable alternative to Burketown which, by that time, had largely been... Read more

12th Australian Library History Forum at SLQ – July 7-8

Many followers of SLQ would be aware that State Library (SLQ) hosted the 12th Australian Library History Forum – Diverse Voices in July. If you didn’t, below are some images and links to the content that was shared during the forum in 2016. This year’s forum “was a conversation about the library as a home... Read more

40th anniversary – official opening of Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway

On July 22, 1976, Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway was officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Colin Hannah in front of approximately 300 invited guests and a crowd of onlookers. The ceremony marked the completion of the final stage of the project (1.4 kms from Alice Street to the William Jolly Bridge). The expressway first... Read more

Baynes’ Paddock, [Greenslopes], 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 advertises 436 allotments of land for sale at Baynes’ Paddock (located in present day Greenslopes). There is a discrepancy between the map and newspaper advertisements... Read more

Unidentified Gympie couple

Two quarter plate hand coloured ambrotype photographs of a prosperous-looking, unfortunately, unidentified couple. The exposed images are housed in their original thermoplastic Union case with “Angel and cherub/Morning” design, with their working brass hinges and clasp. Show More Summary

Gympie on track : opening of the Brisbane – Gympie railway 1891

Railway building in Queensland initially concentrated on routes from various ports on the coast into the interior of the state to the extent that by 1890 there were eleven separate railway systems operating in Queensland. The first step in linking them together in what would be the North Coast Railway Line was the long talked... Read more

Looking Back: Your home and its history (Ipswich Libraries)

Event at Ipswich Libraries. Are you interested in unravelling the history of your home? Do you enjoy delving into past records to discover exciting facts? If so then the Ipswich Libraries Looking Back: Your home and its history information session is the perfect opportunity for you. Your house doesn’t have to be heritage listed to... Read more

A night with Mental As Anything and Dave Warner at UQ Refec (1979)

Among the 800+ images contained in the Paul O’Brien Collection, a series documenting Brisbane’s music scene from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, are two photographs of Sydney band Mental As Anything, just prior to their mainstream success, and Dave Warner, singer and songwriter, formerly of Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs. Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Maytown

The town of Maytown was once the “capital” of the Palmer River goldfield and was at its most prominent and populous in the late 1870s.  Maytown began as an rough bush camp for the original gold miners but rapidly grew with the influx of large numbers of miners.  Originally called Butcher’s Gully, it later became... Read more

Condoman and Lubelicious

This year’s Musgrave Park Fun Day during NAIDOC Week was alive with people, music, stalls and rides. One of the highlights during the day was the arrival of Condoman and Lubelicious. Condoman is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander superhero who was first introduced in 1987 to promote safe sex. He was created by Aunty Gracelyn... Read more

Thorrold Town, [Wooloowin], 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 Brisbane real estate map from 1882 is advertising 743 allotments of land for sale at Thorrold Town (now Wooloowin). The allotments for sale were situated along George Street (later renamed... Read more

Online index of names to the Margaret Lawrie collection

State Library of Queensland have recently created an online index to Torres Strait Islander names recorded in the genealogical sheets from the Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islander Material TR1791. This collection, which was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2008, consists of material gathered by Margaret Lawrie on the... Read more

Malanda Show : 100 years of dairying on the Atherton Tablelands

This weekend the people of Malanda and surrounding areas of the Atherton Tablelands will be gathering for the 100th Malanda Show. The first Malanda Show took place in September 1916 on land belonging to pioneer dairy farmer James English. This first show was an ambitious undertaking considering that the first settlers had only arrived in the area... Read more

Queensland Railway Bridge Photographs

State Library of Queensland holds a massive amount of photographic material and although the large majority of it is catalogued these collections still hold many treasures yet to be unearthed and distributed more widely. In additionShow More Summary

Bloomfield River Oral Histories

Guest blogger: Lauren Erikson – Project Officer, Indigenous Library Services, State Library of Queensland In 1996, Bloomfield Valley resident Camilla Darling conducted a number of interviews with local Kuku Yalanji elders and non-Indigenous settlers of the Bloomfield Valley, in an effort to document the rich and varied history of this remote rainforest region in Far... Read more

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