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Queensland Places – Torres Strait – Ships’ Bells recovered from wrecks

Of the many relics of various shipwrecks in the Torres Strait region, old ships’ bells are among the most poignant.  Many have been located over the years, by divers and others, with these bells acting as reminders of the dangers of shipping, particularly in our early history. Iama (Yam Island) is said to be the... Read more

East Brisbane, Heathfield Estate, 1886 (Map of the Week)

This real estate map from February 1886 is advertising 200 allotments of land for sale at the Heathfield Estate at East Brisbane, an inner suburb of Brisbane. The auction was held on site on February 27. The allotments were spread over Burlington Street, Clarendon Street and Ashfield Road, as well as two ‘Government Roads’ – later called... Read more

Library mutilation madness (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

There’s nothing more frustrating when leafing through a library book to discover some selfish person has removed pages, rendering part of the work unreadable. For book lovers and librarians alike, this is nothing short of intolerable,...Show More Summary

Chinese cuisine comes to the Coast

FROM as far south as Sydney, guests are arriving at Surfers’ Paradise tonight for the official opening of the South Coast’s first Chinese restaurant, the Cathay. An eight-course dinner will be served buffet-style to 700 guests, including the Deputy Premier (Mr. Duggan), the Attorney-General (Mr. Power), and Mrs. Power, Mr. M. Brosnan, M.L.A., and Mrs. Brosnan,... Read more

Municipality of Townsville – 150th anniversary

On February 15, 1866, Townsville was declared a municipality by Queensland Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen, with a proclamation published in the Queensland Government Gazette on March 10, 1866. In November the previous year, 195 householders...Show More Summary

Kingaroy to Tarong Rail Connection

The early 1900s was a significant time for rail development in Queensland. As a result the small settlements and townships along the rail line looked to prosper and grow. One such township was Tarong, a settlement 30kms south of Kingaroy. The Kingaroy railway was officially opened earlier in 1904, followed by Nanango in 1911. By... Read more

Mooloolaba Surf Carnival (1959)

Given the more than one million images held by the State Library of Queensland, it is not surprising that many amazing images don’t always get the attention they deserve. Important photographs are constantly being ‘rediscovered’ and when possible given a chance to reach a broader audience. This fascinating 1950s aerial image is one such photograph.... Read more

The Queenslander – 150th anniversary

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of The Queenslander, a weekly newspaper much loved by researchers and family historians. The Queenslander was first published on February 3, 1866 by newspaper proprietor Thomas Blacket Stephens, who also owned the Brisbane Courier (which later evolved into The Courier-Mail). Show More Summary

Manly Beach, Brisbane, 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 for 1887 is advertising 600 allotments of land for sale at Manly (referred to as Manly Beach), an eastern beachside suburb of Brisbane. The auction was held on site... Read more

Applications open for 7 research fellowships at SLQ

Researchers are encouraged to explore Queensland’s rich history with the support of State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships. Applications are now open nationwide for seven fellowships totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards. Show More Summary

New accession: Leonard Christian Williamson Photograph Album (1940-1950)

State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of published and unpublished resources relating to World War Two. The most recent addition to this collection is a photograph album donated recently by the descendants of Leonard Christian Williamson (1909-1950). Show More Summary

Masterpiece from the Silent Era turns 100 – Queenslanders experience

One of the greatest motion pictures from the silent era is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Intolerance was a 1916 American film directed by D.W. Griffith, who is also famously (or infamously) remembered for A Birth of a Nation (1915) which in one segment glorifies the role the Klu Klux Klan played in American history.... Read more

ATNA Nurses’ Rest Home, 17-19 Mallon St, Bowen Hills

Guest blogger – Dr Madonna Grehan – 2015 John Oxley Library Fellow In 1924, the Queensland Branch of the Australasian Trained Nurses Association (ATNA) opened a home for retired invalid members. Until that time, the ATNA’s support to members who fell on hard times was limited to one-off or more frequent financial assistance.  Miss Florence... Read more

150 years of State School education for Nanango

2016 is a milestone year for Nanango and district for it was on January 1, 1866 Nanango State School was gazetted to commence educational instruction to children of the district. In our search for records and photographic images we unearthed some wonderful newspaper articles and copy prints in the State Library of Queensland collection to... Read more

Ham’s map of the city of Brisbane, 1863 (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 1863 map from State Library of Queensland’s collection details the city of Brisbane, including parts of Spring Hill, South Brisbane and Kangaroo Point. It was drawn by cartographers Thomas Ham... Read more

100th anniversary – Russell Island State School

This January Russell Island State School turns 100 years old. Russell Island is one of a group of islands situated between Redland Bay on the mainland and North Stradbroke Island. For the opening celebrations on January 20, 1916, two special motor boats conveyed guests from Redland Bay to the Island. Among those on board were the Redland Bay... Read more

Queensland Place Histories – Goggs Terrace, Ipswich

This small row of terrace houses, long lost to Ipswich’s urban landscape, was built in Brisbane Street, Ipswich, around 1858, by Matthew Goggs to meet the demands of the city’s rapidly growing population. Constructed of brick with an attic level, it closely followed the design of many other terraces which were being built at the... Read more

Our web archiving highlights for 2015

Each year State Library of Queensland selects and archives hundreds of websites so they are preserved both now and for future researchers. With the permission of website owners, these are captured by us and made publicly available in PANDORA – Australia’s national web archive. During 2015 we contributed over 1000 Queensland sites to the archive.... Read more

2011 Queensland floods – 5th anniversary

January marks the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Queensland floods which inundated parts of South-East Queensland including the Lockyer Valley, the Darling Downs, Ipswich and Brisbane, claiming the lives of 36 people. State Library of Queensland...Show More Summary

Southport allotments sale [Labrador], 1886 (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 1886 is advertising 233 allotments of land for sale at Southport (although this land is now designated part of the Gold Coast suburb of Labrador).  The auction was... Read more

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