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Historical newspapers recently added to Trove

The National Library of Australia have announced that the following historical Queensland newspaper have been digitised and made available to search through Trove – Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 – 1954) The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 – 1926) The Evening Advocate (Innisfail, Qld. : 1941 – 1954) The Evening Telegraph (Charters Towers, Qld.... Read more

Maryborough Peace Cake, 1919

Happy World Cake Day! This photograph from SLQ’s collection with the caption ‘Peace Cake’ was taken on April 29, 1919 in Maryborough. The cake was specially made for the Mayoral Victory Ball at Maryborough’s Town Hall to celebrate the end of the First World War. The night’s program featured dancing, music provide by a ‘Naval... Read more

Showcasing local collections held at the John Oxley Library

Taking part in the Regional Libraries Queensland training course in Brisbane recently, Sue Laycock, Injune Library Service Officer and Jan Norton, Boulia Library opted to spend a short amount of time visiting the John Oxley Library to build an understanding and awareness of the collections and services available at the John Oxley. It was great... Read more

Two anniversaries for the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation

2015 marks two significant historical anniversaries for Brisbane’s Jewish community – 150th anniversary of the formation of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation and the 130th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Brisbane Synagogue on Margaret Street. Show More Summary

Queensland faces behind the headstones at St Mary’s Churchyard Cemetery in Harefield, UK

With news just out of England that the Anzac War Graves in St Mary’s Churchyard Cemetery in Harefield, Middlesex were thoughtlessly vandalised for the second time this year, it’s important to reflect on the lives of those Australian soldiers interred in each grave. Behind each headstone is a story of bravery and ultimately sacrifice, leaving behind... Read more

Rainworth Estate, Bardon, 1925 (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 for 1925 is advertising allotments of land for sale at the Rainworth Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Bardon (listed as Paddington on the map). Publicity stated... Read more

Brisbane Girls Grammar School – History in Pictures

2015 marks the 140th anniversary of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, an independent private school located in the Brisbane inner-city suburb of Spring Hill. The school was established in March 1875. To commemorate this milestone, we’ve compiled a sample of images from our collection. Show More Summary

Brisbane mementos of Sir Manuel Hornibrook

Guest blogger – Julie Hornibrook, 2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow In exploring the resources of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) I have come across a wealth of information in relation to my grandfather Sir Manuel Hornibrook – generally known as ‘MR’. The library has photos, newspaper clippings, design plans, albums and... Read more

Gladys Moncrieff added to 2015 Sounds of Australia

The National Film and Sound Archive have announced the 2015 additions to Sounds of Australia, NFSA’s selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia. Show More Summary

QANTAS turns 95

Qantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited) was formally established on November 16, 1920, when papers were signed at the Gresham Hotel in Brisbane. The company was initially based in Winton. Qantas was formed by two former Australian Flying Corps officers, W Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness. State Library of Queensland is fortunate to... Read more

70th anniversary – Queensland Institute of Medical Research

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). Since that time, the QIMR has become a world leading medical research institute, focusing on cancer, infectious diseases and mental health. The genesis of the QIMR was in October 1944, when Dr Edward Derrick, Director of the Laboratory of Microbiology and... Read more

100th anniversary – March of the Dungarees

November 16, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the March of the Dugarees, a recruitment march which started in Warwick and continued through Allora, Toowoomba, Gatton, Rosewood, Ipswich, eventually finishing in Brisbane. As they passed through towns, the number of recruits grew, initially starting with 30 men and finishing with 125 as they march through... Read more

Heritage Hotel (old Commercial Hotel), Rockhampton

The heritage-listed Heritage Hotel (formerly the Commercial Hotel) on the corner of Quay and William Streets in Rockhampton will be put up for auction in Brisbane today (November 13, 2015). The 117 year old hotel was last purchased in 2005, however factors such as Cyclone Marcia, the drought and changes in the coal industry saw the hotel close... Read more

Pine Islet Lighthouse – 130th anniversary

Tomorrow (12 November 2015), a public meeting will be held at Mackay Marina with a view to reforming the Pine Islet Lighthouse Preservation Society. The Pine Islet Lighthouse was constructed in 1885, operating for 100 years before being decommissioned in 1985. The lighthouse was dismantled in 1986, rebuilt at Mackay Harbour in 1996, before it... Read more

Remembrance Day at SLQ, 2015

On Wednesday 11th November 2015, we marked the 97th anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18) with staff member and regular blog contributor Simon Miller performing the Last Post outside the entrance of SLQ at 11am. In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of... Read more

Tara House (Queensland Irish Association) – History in Pictures

In 1919, businessman, architect and politician James Cowlishaw financed the Queensland Irish Association’s (QIA) purchase of a building (later known as Tara House) on Elizabeth Street in Brisbane’s CBD by a mortgage of £8,000 (purchase price was £11,000 – $815,000 today). Show More Summary

Preserving our Heritage: Metals, Textiles, Photographs

Guest Blogger: Karen Barrett for Cultural Heritage Network – Toowoomba Region Do you collect memorabilia?  Maybe you have a collection of 1970’s clothes you loan to friends?  If so, then you would have been among like-minded people at the Cultural Heritage Network – Toowoomba Region’s 2015 seminar held on Saturday and Sunday 24-25 October. Preserving... Read more

Gatton’s Imperial Hotel and the 1934 fire

In the early hours of November 5 this year, Gatton’s historic Imperial Hotel on Railway Avenue was destroyed by fire. In 1934, the same hotel had a very lucky escape from a fire described by newspapers at the time as the worst in the town’s history. The fire began Hunter’s hardware store on the western side... Read more

Queensland Places – Restoration

Restoration Island is located high up on the east coast of Cape York, just to the south of Portland Roads.  The small island was named in 1789 by Captain William Bligh during his long and dangerous voyage in an open boat, after being cast adrift by the Bounty mutineers.  Bligh had landed here with his... Read more

2003 anti-war protest in Brisbane – History in Pictures

On February 16, 2003, one of Brisbane’s largest mass protests took place when an estimated 100,000 people rallied against a military invasion of Iraq, though police more conservatively assessed only half that number turned out. Two days earlier, 150,000 protesters had marched through the streets of Melbourne. On the same day as the Brisbane demonstration... Read more

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