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Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Doctor Joseph Leathom Wassell

The former Thursday Island Government Quarantine and Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Leathom Wassell was a well-respected and beloved member of the Thursday Island and Torres Strait communities, when he passed away in April 1915.  This is confirmed by the positive newspaper reports of the time as well as the construction of a memorial obelisk by... Read more

Gordon Park : The Pride of Kedron, Section Nine, Brisbane, 1922 (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 1922 advertises 98 allotments of land for sale at an estate called Gordon Park : The Pride of Kedron (Section Nine), located on the northside of... Read more

The artist and the code breakers

Guest blogger: Dr Judith Powell – Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. What connects two historic houses in the Brisbane suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton with the life of one of Australia’s most significant, notorious and controversial artists? In 1942, the year of his first solo exhibition in Sydney, the artist Donald Friend enlisted as a gunner in... Read more

Queensland Jazz Memories – Protecting histories of pre-1970s jazz scenes

Guest blogger: Dr Lauren Istvandity –  John Oxley Library Fellow (2017). Queensland has long been known for producing quality musicians and supporting diverse music scenes, including those based in jazz. The significance of local jazz...Show More Summary

Sparkling Wave Estate, Southport, 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 real estate map from 1882 advertises 114 allotments of land for sale at the Sparkling Wave Estate in Southport. The allotments were situated on Lawson Street, Garden Street, White Street,... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – European Businesses in the 1880s

On Thursday Island during the last part of the nineteenth century, alongside those businesses operated by people representing a wide range of countries and backgrounds, particularly those of Chinese and Japanese descent, a range of European businesses operated. Many of these businesses advertised their goods and services in the Torres Strait Pilot and New Guinea... Read more

Questions within Questions

Guest blogger: Tess Maunder – 2017 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence.  All good research begins with the act of asking questions, and through this speculative process, we can generate even more questions still. During my recent role as co-curator of Why Not Ask Again 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016 – 2017) myself and the Chief Curators, collective Raqs Media... Read more

Queensland’s first female Premier (10th anniversary)

On September 13, 2007, Anna Bligh, member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of South Brisbane and Deputy Premier was sworn in as the 37th Premier of Queensland, following the retirement of longstanding Labor Premier Peter Beattie. In the 2009 state election she was elected in her own right after leading the Labor Party... Read more

Fourex advertises on Hornibrook Highway in 1937

Guest blogger: Julie Hornibrook, 2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow. The annual anniversary of the opening of the Hornibrook Highway, in 1935, is coming up on 4 October – this year the 82nd anniversary, yet new aspects of the history continue to unfold. The Bridge itself was demolished in 2010 when it was... Read more

Morningside Estate, Booval, 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 real estate map from 1887 advertises 146 allotments of land for sale at the Morningside Estate in the Ipswich suburb of Booval. The allotments were situated on Brisbane Road, Railway... Read more

Flotsam from the 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur

In this Centaur story, Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Fellow, provides context for a photograph in the Centaur Memorial Fund collection at SLQ. This small snapshot shows a timber name-board from the 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur. In the Centaur Memorial Fund’s collection held at SLQ, this photograph was loose, with a rusty paper... Read more

The “Curry” CELEBRATIONS

Starting September 15 the people of Cloncurry and district came out to host local celebrations marking 150 years of settlement since Ernest Henry was attributed as the founder of Cloncurry in the year 1867. Henry, who was in search of grazing land at the time, discovered the regions mineral deposits instead and established the Great... Read more

Kedron Park, Lutwyche [Wooloowin], 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 220 allotments of land for sale at the Kedron Park Estate, which today is part of the Brisbane suburb of Wooloowin. The allotments were... Read more

Life and adventures on the ocean : shipwrecks and pirates!

Ahoy Shipmates! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day once again and so it  be fitting to pen a story of adventure on the oceans. Today’s nautical adventure comes courtesy of Captain Henry Holmes, who’s Life and adventures on the ocean : a personal narrative was published in around 1902. Being a mischievous, troublesome... Read more

Peace Loan Aeroplane crashes in Gympie (1919)

On September 17, 1919, there was great excitement in Gympie on the arrival of the Peace Loan Aeroplane, the first aircraft to fly into the town. It left Brisbane late morning, stopping at Nambour for an hour before continuing on to Gympie, arriving at 12:52pm. After the plane was spotted by a lookout on the... Read more

Queensland Places – Normanton – Former Bank of New South Wales Building

The former Bank of New South Wales, now Westpac Bank, Normanton building was constructed in 1886 as the bank’s permanent premises in the town, intended to serve the Normanton region. The establishment of a bank branch here reflected the area’s growth and prosperity. By the mid-1880s, Normanton, on the Norman River, had developed as a... Read more

Albion Hill, [Albion and Clayfield], 1899 (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 1899 advertises 60 allotments of land for sale at Albion Hill Estate in the Brisbane suburbs of Albion and Clayfield. The allotments were situated along Camden... Read more

125th anniversary of the Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party

The Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party, dated 9 September 1892, can be regarded as one of the formative documents of the present day Australian Labor Party. The Manifesto was written at a time of political and social upheaval in Queensland, with the Labor movement looking for alternatives to industrial action to progress its aims. It provides a... Read more

Digitised @ SLQ – Queensland’s fabulous Gold Coast : “the playground of Australia”

State Library of Queensland recently digitised a tourism brochure from the 1950s titled Queensland’s fabulous Gold Coast : “the playground of Australia”. Produced by Studio Warner in Surfers Paradise and issued by the Gold Coast City Council, this colourful brochure features a number of images of Gold Coast tourist attractions including Currumbin Beach, Miami Beach,... Read more

Croydon Estate, [Banyo], 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 362 allotments of land for sale at the Croydon Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Banyo. The allotments were situated along Musgrave Street, Gold... Read more

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