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Missing Heritage – The Queensland Railway Times

Ever experienced the terrible disappointment of discovering a gap in our holdings, missing issues which for some reason were never acquired by State Library of Queensland. Sadly, in the case of the Queensland Railway Times, only two issues exist in our collection (February 2, 1914 and November 1914). Published in Ipswich by the Queensland Railway... Read more

Mount Pleasant Heights, [Holland Park and Greenslopes], 1918 (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 1918 advertises 227 allotments of land for sale at Mount Pleasant Heights estate in the Brisbane suburbs of Holland Park and Greenslopes. The allotments were situated... Read more

Gambling and casinos

Guest blogger: Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. State governments in every Australian state have legalised poker machines and casinos, primarily because they can tax such activities to contribute to state revenue, helping to pay for schools, hospitals and other responsibilities. Show More Summary

Beaumont Estate, Highgate Hill, 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 real estate map from 1884 advertises 159 allotments of land for sale at Beaumont Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Highgate Hill. The allotments were situated along Gertrude Street, West... Read more

Aviatrix Jean Batten arrives in Brisbane (1934)

On June 17, 1934, crowds waited expectantly at Brisbane’s Archerfield aerodrome in the city’s south to welcome recent record-breaking aviatrix Jean Batten. A few weeks earlier, the New Zealander had ensured her celebrity status when she successfully flew solo from England to Darwin in 14 days and 22 hours, trouncing the previous women’s record set... Read more

A century of political ephemera: A window onto Queensland politics from 1915-2015

Guest blogger: Dr Lorann Downer – 2016 John Oxley Library Fellow. The Queensland state election of 1989 is famous for bringing down the curtain on 32 years of conservative administration and ushering in the Goss Government and a raft of democratic reforms. But it’s also significant for another, lesser-known reason. This election also marks the... Read more

Queensland Places – Hamilton Goldfield and Ebagoola Township

The Hamilton Goldfield was officially proclaimed on 13 July 1900, following the discovery of gold by John Dickie the previous year.  The Hamilton field was named for gold miner, investor and member of the Queensland Parliament, John Hamilton. The township of Ebagoola was surveyed in September 1900 to service the newly proclaimed goldfield, with the... Read more

Cremorne Estate, [Woolloongabba], 1888 (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 1888 advertises 70 allotments of land for sale at Cremorne Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba. The allotments were situated along Deshon Street, Railway Street,... Read more

Yehudi Menuhin arrives in Brisbane (1951)

On June 11, 1951, violinist Yehudi Menuhin arrived in Brisbane to give two recitals at City Hall. Accompanying him was his wife, former ballerina Diana Gould, his sister Hephzibah and Leon Pommers, an “associate artist”. Menuhin had visited Brisbane 16 years earlier as a 19-year-old. On arrival at the airport, Menuhin took personal charge of... Read more

Phil Dickie Collection

Among the recipients of the 2017 Queensland Greats Awards, announced on 6 June (Queensland Day), was award-winning investigative journalist Phil Dickie. Dickie’s articles for the Courier-Mail were instrumental to uncovering police corruption and organised crime in Queensland during the 1980s. Show More Summary

Watson Estate, Booval [Booval/East Ipswich], 1911

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 59 allotments of land for sale at Watson Estate between Ipswich suburbs of Booval and East Ipswich. The allotments were situated along Railway Street,... Read more

25th anniversary of the Mabo decision

The date 3 June 1992 is forever remembered as a victory for Indigenous land rights with the High Court of Australia’s landmark decision in the case Mabo v Queensland (No 2) – more commonly known as simply Mabo. Mabo marked the first formal recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia. The High Court overturned the legal... Read more

Bella Sutherland – ‘The Vital Spark’

Recently unearthed among the extensive State Library of Queensland glass plate negative and lantern slide collections, was this seemingly unspectacular slide.  At first glance it appears to be a quite straightforward advertisement of limited interest, however further investigation has shown it to be much more. Exploring the origins of the slide has shone a light on... Read more

People’s Walk for Reconciliation (4 June 2000)

On June 4, 2000, between 50,000 to 70,000 people joined a rally in Brisbane’s CBD to show support for reconciliation with the People’s Walk for Reconciliation. The Koori Mail reported on the events of that day – “The march was larger than organisers expected, with only about half of the marchers able to fit into... Read more

Queensland Places – Gilliat

The town of Gilliat, located in the Cape York area, was initially surveyed as a railway town on 17 November 1900 by James Stroud.  The settlement was originally located adjacent to Eddington Station, on the road which crossed the eastern channel of the Gilliat River.  However, the settlement was subsequently moved to its present site... Read more

Sylvan Park Estate, Cannon Hill, 1926 (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 1926 advertises 651 allotments of land for sale at the Sylvan Park Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Cannon Hill. The allotments were situated along Junction... Read more

50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum

The 1967 Referendum changed the Australian constitution, with the record breaking ‘yes’ vote to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census for the first time. The referendum removed discriminatory clauses from the constitution of 1901, which stated that Indigenous peoples should be a state government responsibility. Show More Summary

Age of Consent

The Age of Consent came out on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year,  1938. At the time most books were published overseas and imported into Australia, which made Customs Department, with their total control over what came into the country, our main censor. It was a role they carried out with diligence... Read more

Groveley Lodge Estate, [Mitchelton], 1918 (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 1918 advertises over 350 allotments of land for sale at the Groveley Lodge Estate, today part of the Brisbane suburb of Mitchelton. The allotments were situated along... Read more

New Accession: Patricia Ward (nee Meadows) Papers, 1942-1986

Accession 30928 Patricia Phyllis Mary Ward was born at Wynnum in 1916, the youngest of the strongly Catholic family of five daughters and one son of William Sedden and Margaret Meadows. William Sedden came to Australia from England in 1904 and took up grazing at Charleville, where he married and raised his children. In 1928,... Read more

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