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Descendants and reunions

Guest blog: Maryborough Family Heritage Institute Inc There are many reasons for hosting family reunions and the volunteers at Maryborough’s Family Heritage Institute Inc. enjoy arranging events for the families and descendants of those who bravely left their countries of origin to an unknown land across the sea. Show More Summary

Jetty View Estate, Redcliffe, 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 120 allotments of land for sale at the Jetty View Estate in Redcliffe. The allotments were situated along Silvester Street, Baldwin Street, Shields Street, Oxley... Read more

Sectarian strife: Protestant versus Catholic in 1930s Queensland politics

Guest blogger: Dr Lorann Downer, 2016 John Oxley Library Fellow. Sectarian or religious division is a major theme in the political ephemera held in the John Oxley Library collections from the 1938 Queensland election. Ephemera, such as pamphlets and how to vote cards, help tell the story of the political history of our state. In... Read more

Queensland’s earliest police manuals

Guest blogger:   Lisa Jones, Queensland Police Museum with Libby Fielding, John Oxley Library Back in 1869, the speed limit for Queensland police officers travelling by horse was five miles per hour – unless of course you happened to be pursuing an offender. Standard equipment for a constable on duty included, among other essentials, handcuffs, a... Read more

Science on the Great Barrier Reef

Recently donated to the State Library of Queensland is a brief unpublished report on a scientific expedition to the Low Isles in 1954. The document contains the recollections of John Bristow, then a young undergraduate industrial chemist. A highlight of the report, and also available digitally, are a number of wonderful photographs of the expedition. These... Read more

Stephens Paddock, South Brisbane [Highgate Hill], 1890 (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 1890 advertises 90 allotments of land for sale at the Stephens Paddock Estate (located present day Highgate Hill). The allotments were situated along Laura Street, Prospect Terrace,... Read more

La Fetts – ‘SEQEB Scabs’

In the year 2000, radio station 4ZZZ celebrated 25 eventful years of existence. To commemorate this milestone, a 2xCD compilation – ‘Behind the Banana Curtain’ – was released, documenting the musical highlights of these tumultuous two and a half decades. Many of the tracks included were known worldwide, others were very localised classics, never before... Read more

‘Great scientists’ visits Brisbane (1914)

In mid-1914, three hundred scientists arrived in Australia to participate in the 84th annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS). Formed 1831, the BAAS’ objectives were “to give a stronger impulse and a more systematic direction to scientific inquiry; to promote the intercourse of those who cultivate science in different... Read more

Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914

In February 1914, the Queensland Government Printer published a 112-page booklet to mark the 50th anniversary of railways in Queensland. Entitled Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914, the booklet provides a detailed history on the establishment of the railway and its administration. Show More Summary

Bowen Terrace Estate, New Farm, 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 140 allotments of land for sale at the Bowen Terrace Estate,  located in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm. The allotments were situated along... Read more

Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995 (project update)

Guest blogger – John Willsteed, recipient of the Letty Katts Award, discusses his project, Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995 My first move after the Queensland Memory Awards night was to put out a call on social media (Facebook, in this case). It looked a bit like this: “We are... Read more

Margaret Mittelheuser : an exceptional woman

International women’s day provides a good excuse to recognise the many achievements of women. Today I would like to focus on the life and career of one woman, Queenslander Margaret Mittelheuser AM, the first woman stockbroker in Australia and the first woman to manage a stock broking office. Born in Bundaberg in 1931, Margaret was... Read more

Fassifern Estate, 1906 (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 1906 advertises farm land for sale at Kent’s Lagoon and Moogera [Moogerah] Paddocks, as part of the Fassifern Estate. Prior to the auction extensive publicity was published... Read more

The Brisbane Shakespeare Society

Guest blogger: Rebecca Clarke. Following the First World War, Brisbane experienced a flourishing literary and cultural scene, marked most prominently by the founding of a remarkable number of cultural societies including the Brisbane Shakespeare Society. Show More Summary

Bancroft to Traeger : proposed new electorates honour significant contributions to Queensland

The Queensland Redistribution Commission has released its latest proposal for redrawing the state’s electoral boundaries. Electoral boundaries have to be changed periodically to reflect changes in population distribution in the state. Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Ipswich – St. Mary’s Catholic Church

This extensive precinct in Mary Street was originally established in the late 1850s as the central site for the Catholic Church in Ipswich. The first presbytery, which was a timber cottage, was built in 1860 but had dramatically deteriorated by the early 1870s. As a consequence, the congregation in partnership with the then parish priest,... Read more

Cracknel Road Estate, Annerley [Tarragindi], 1924

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 1924 advertises 312 allotments of land for sale at the Cracknel Road Estate. The map states the land is located in Annerley, however these streets are... Read more

Christy Freeleagus, Prince of Commerce

Guest blogger: Toni Risson, 2016 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow   Prospects were bleak on the windswept island of Kythera in 1900 so twelve-year-old Christy Freeleagus set sail for Australia. He was put to work opening oysters in a café basement. Christy believed that, if he opened enough of them, he would succeed... Read more

Early rain-making experiments in Queensland

In Australia, water can be a scarce commodity, with various areas of the country suffering through prolonged droughts at times. Its no wonder then that several ‘cloud seeding’ (rain-making) experiments have been conducted in Australia. Show More Summary

The Gum Leaf Letter

In 1910, a newly married couple honeymooning in Yetman, New South Wales, took it upon themselves to mail a gum leaf up to Brisbane to a Mrs F. Humfress at the Commercial Union Chambers, Eagle Street. The large gum leaf was written on directly, wasn’t placed in an envelope, and was even postmarked, before making... Read more

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