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The Peacock Feather – Diary of Claudius Buchanan Whish

Guest blogger – Dr Rosemary Gill – Volunteer, State Library of Queensland The page turned, and there it was, a peacock feather as bright and lustrous as if it had been slipped in the day before. Only the sepia self-pattern, fine as a watermark, suggested its real age. For the last 121 years it had... Read more

The Truth Is Out There – Queensland UFO related periodicals

July 2nd each year is recognised by many around the globe, as World UFO Day, a day where we turn our heads skywards and ponder the questions, “Are we alone in the universe?” and “Is the Truth really out there?” Whether you are a skeptic or a true believer, the ideas of flying saucers and... Read more

The Political Museum

Guest blogger: Deannah Leith – Museums & Galleries Queensland Dr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool, UK, is coming to Australia to present as part of Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) 2015 Conference. Not only is Dr Fleming the international keynote speaker, he will also present a Masterclass entitled The Political Museum. Dr... Read more

Working dogs – History in Pictures

June 26 is “International Take Your Dog to Work Day”. For most of us desk jockeys this is near impossible to do, unless your dog is extremely well house trained. So instead let’s pay our respects to Queensland working dogs over the decades. As you can see from the examples from our collection below, Queensland... Read more


Each year State Library of Queensland contributes hundreds of Queensland websites to PANDORA – Australia’s web archive. These include websites of numerous organisations, community groups and individuals, festivals, events, and sites about various topical and political issues, election campaigns, interests and activities. Show More Summary

Podcast: The vital track: 150 years of railways in Queensland (A night in the JOL)

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of first railway in Queensland between Ipswich and Bigge’s Camp (later renamed Grandchester). Listen our expert panellists Greg Hallam, Historian at Queensland Rail, and Dr Geraldine Mate,...Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Torres Strait – History of Pearling

The first commercial pearling station in the Torres Strait area was established at Warrior Island in 1868, by a Captain Banner, who was said to have identified large quantities of pearl shell whilst looking for beche-de-mer.  As pearl shell was a more valuable commodity than beche-de-mer, news of the lucrative alternative soon spread.  By 1876,... Read more

Discovering Eumundi – Heritage and Visitor Centre

Guest Blogger: Discover Eumundi – Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes The Eumundi and District Historical Association (EHA) which runs Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre successfully obtained a ‘Building Our Future’...Show More Summary

Battle of Waterloo – Queensland connection (200th anniversary)

June 18th marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which saw the final defeat of the armies of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.  You may be surprised to discover Queensland has a few connections with this famous battle. Colonel Charles George Gray, a prominent identify in early Ipswich was a noted Waterloo veteran. Gray was born... Read more

Story Bridge – History in Pictures

2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of Brisbane’s Story Bridge. The construction of the cantilever bridge began in 1935 and was completed and opened to traffic in July 1940. The length of bridge including the approaches is 1375 m. More than 95% of the steel was manufactured in Australia and the bridge was... Read more

The railway comes to Brisbane

The first railway in Queensland ran from Ipswich to Grandchester and opened in 1865. The line was extended through Toowoomba, reaching Dalby in 1868. A southern branch to Warwick was opened in 1871 and Rockhampton had a line as far as Westwood in 1867. Brisbane, on the other hand, did not have it’s first train... Read more

Digitised @ SLQ – Go home and have babies

Recently digitised @ SLQ,  women who lived at Queensland’s Wacol Immigrants Holding Camp tell their stories  in OH24 Migrant Women Oral History.  While at the camp in 1955,  Christa Braun describes the bedroom during her stay.  Her room had two camp beds (one for herself and one for her husband), and a cot for her baby daughter. There... Read more

Queensland State Election Photographs 2015

At the last Queensland State Election in 2012, voters delivered an unprecedented result in the State’s history. Not only was Labor unceremoniously booted out of office, but it was left languishing with 8 percent of seats in the State’s single chamber, whilst the Campbell Newman–led Liberal National Party (LNP) enjoyed a 13.7 per cent two-party-preferred... Read more


FRIGHTFUL RAILWAY ACCIDENT MOST SERIOUS IN QUEENSLAND. Disaster to Northern Mail A disastrous railway accident, the worst in the history of the Queensland railways, occurred at an early hour this morning to the Rockhampton mail train which left Brisbane last night. The smash took place at about 2 o’clock on a bridge across Traveston Creek, about... Read more

The colossal Queensland cheese (1923)

In October 1923, the Pittsworth Dairy Company proudly announced their triumph in making a colossal cheese which would be displayed at the British Empire Exhibition in Wembley, Middlesex, England. The cheese was purported to have been the largest ever made in the Commonwealth. The Pittsworth Sentinel newspaper proudly proclaimed that the gigantic cheese weighed over... Read more

Podcast: Preserving our built heritage (A night in the JOL)

Listen to architects Richard Allom and Desley Campbell-Stewart in conversation with ABC journalist Ian Townsend to discuss the preservation and continued use of Queensland’s heritage buildings. How can we best harness their future potential...Show More Summary

Professional and Business Archive of Allom Lovell Architects

This large collection records a practice which specialised in working with historic buildings and was perhaps only the second such practice in Australia to do so. In the early years there was little awareness of conservation in Queensland and the practice relied largely upon grants from the Commonwealth Government through the newly established Australian Heritage... Read more

Wattlebrae Infectious Diseases Hospital

The original Wattlebrae Hospital was a house within the confines of the Brisbane General Hospital, where those suffering from an infectious disease were treated and cared for. In 1910, an article appeared in the Brisbane Courier  announcing...Show More Summary

Queensland Memory Awards 2015

State Library of Queensland announced the recipients of four history awards at its annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony last night. State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Memory Awards were celebrated each year to acknowledge excellence in research and the creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s history. Show More Summary

Royal Flying Doctors

Guest blogger: Saadia Thomson Dwyer – Queensland State Archives This May marks the 87th anniversary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The RFDS quickly became a lifeline for the people of outback Queensland and other remote areas. It was founded by Rev John Flynn, a minister with the Presbyterian Church with a vision to provide... Read more

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