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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

Commemorating 70 years of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Guest blogger: Dr Martin Buzacott – Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence, State Library of Queensland. Ever since I began writing my e-book commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, I’ve been asked one particular question over and over. Show More Summary

Orange Grove Estate, Coopers Plains, 1885 (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 1885 advertises 160 allotments of land for sale at the Orange Grove Estate,  located in Brisbane suburb of Coopers Plains. The allotments were situated along... Read more

Vale Carol Lloyd

This week Queensland lost influential singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd, who passed away in Brisbane after a long illness. Lloyd was part of Brisbane’s music scene during the 1970s as frontwoman of the band Railroad Gin. The band is best known for their 1974 single A Matter Of Time. The single reached the number 1 spot in... Read more

James Tyson papers added to UNESCO Memory of the World Australian Register

State Library’s contribution to an internationally significant collection has just been recognised. The James Tyson Papers, held collectively by the Deniliquin & District Historical Society, National Library of Australia, QueenslandShow More Summary

Waterview Estate, North Booval (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 1920 advertises 40 allotments of land for sale at the Waterview Estate in the Ipswich suburb of North Booval. The allotments were situated along Sydney Street... Read more

‘The great apostle of physical culture’ arrives in Brisbane (1902)

In October 1902, Brisbane theatre audiences were treated to two world-renowned acts. One was opera singer Nellie Melba, the other the man referred to as the father of modern bodybuilding, Eugen Sadow. Born Friedrich Muller in Prussia, Sandow had been touring Australia since July and garnering a great deal of publicity. On October 27, as... Read more

Maroochydore’s first aeroplane (1922)

About noon on February 1, 1922, the first landing of an aeroplane in Maroochydore caused a great deal of excitement among onlookers. The initial concern that the descending Avro 504 biplane was making a forced landing on the beach proved groundless, though Captain Percy William Snell and Lieutenant Stanley Wooldridge Bird (accompanied by their dog,... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Bain’s cash Store

By 1897, the date of the pictured advertisement, Mrs. D. Bain was operating this mixed business on Thursday Island.  Her husband, Donald Bain had been a commission agent on the island as well as being involved in the maritime industry.  It is unclear why or how Mrs. Bain came to be operating this business in... Read more

Lutwyche Domain, [Kedron], 1889 (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 1889 advertises over 200 allotments of land for sale at the Lutwyche Domain (located in present day Kedron). The allotments were situated along Broughton Road, Homebush... Read more

A woman’s place in political ephemera

Guest blogger: Dr Lorann Downer, 2016 John Oxley Library Fellow When white women won the right to vote in Queensland elections from 1905, political campaigners had to consider how to appeal to this new group of electors. We can see how campaigners viewed, and sought to reach, female voters by looking at the words and... Read more

McDonnell & East Summer Sale catalogue, 1922

At the beginning of January 1922, McDonnell & East department store, situated on George Street in Brisbane’s CBD, announced their annual “Summer Sale”. Extensive advertisements were published in Brisbane newspapers with discounts to wide variety of merchandise – “The firm state this sale is intended to take the form of a New Year surprise to... Read more

Lilley Estate, Toowoomba, 1902 (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 1902 advertises 79 allotments of land for sale at the Lilley Estate in Toowoomba. The allotments were situated along Bridge Street, Lindsay Street, Shipley Street, Lilley Street... Read more

Wheelbarrow mania hits Queensland

In June 1935, newspapers around Australia featured news of a wheelbarrow race from Beechworth to Mt Buffalo in Victoria. The result of a wager believed to have originated over a couple of beers at a Beechworth pub, the 51-mile (82km) distance was covered in eight days. In the spirit of “whatever Southerners can do Queenslanders... Read more

Becoming death literate: grief, death, and end-of-life care in Queensland

Late last year, Brisbane’s Metro Arts held its inaugural Deathfest – a weekend-long cultural event to explore and challenge our understanding of death, dying, and bereavement. As part of this, the State Library of Queensland’s Creative-in-Residence...Show More Summary

Queensland Places – All Saints Anglican Church, Erub (Darnley)

The All Saints Anglican Church on Erub dates from 1919. It was constructed below the site of the original London Missionary Society Mission, house and school using local materials, including lime produced from burnt coral as well as basalt. Sited as it is, close to the location of these early mission buildings, ensures that it... Read more

Adams Estate, Newmarket, 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 over 50 allotments of land for sale at the Adams Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Newmarket. The allotments were situated along South Street, Alderson Street, Wilston... Read more

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