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An Important Bridge

Guest Blogger : Peachester History Committee Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes The Stanley River at Peachester is normally a quiet and unremarkable stream. Travelers who pass through the township would barely notice the...Show More Summary

New accessions: Edith and William Warnes Diaries (Accession 29618)

This interesting new accession comprises 38 diaries kept by a Queensland couple, Edith and William Warnes, between 1890 and 1927. William John Warnes was born on 20 February 1862 in Norfolk England. He came to Queensland when he was 21, in March 1883 on the Bulimba. Edith Mary Grant was born in New South Wales... Read more

Archibald Meston, the Colonial Frontier, and Queensland Museums Purchase Order 150

A talk was presented by Justyne Wilson at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum on February 11, aimed at uncovering the original biographical timeline or ‘life cycle’ of the objects and stories in the P150 Collection, which was sold to the Queensland Museum in the late 1890s by Archibald Meston, then Protector of Aborigines in Queensland.  The collection... Read more

Architecture Students Visit John Oxley Library

On Thursday 19th March architecture students from Griffith University on the Gold Coast visited the John Oxley Library to view our architectural collections, and carry out research on the various topics which they had chosen for their project work.  The thirty-two, 3rd year architecture students, were accompanied by their lecturer, Dr Wouter Van Acker. Collection... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island Earthquakes

A little more than one hundred years ago, Thursday Island found itself at the centre of a series of earth tremors, which were amongst the earliest recorded earthquakes in Australia. On 29 October 1907, a severe earthquake was felt throughout the Torres Strait region at around 7am, followed by a series of smaller shocks over... Read more

Archibald Meston, the Colonial Frontier, and Queensland Museums Purchase Order 150

A talk was presented by Justyne Wilson at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum on the 11th February aimed at uncovering the original biographical timeline or ‘life cycle’ of the objects and stories in the P150 Collection, which was sold to the Queensland Museum in the late 1890s by Archibald Meston, then Protector of Aborigines in Queensland. ... Read more

Digitised @ SLQ : Geological map of the Moreton district

What did your part of Queensland look like over the past 150 years? Enjoy Geological Survey maps in the State Library’s collection. Featured is a newly digitised geological map of the Moreton district from 1955 created by renowned Dorothy Hill. Born in Brisbane in 1907, Dr. Hill attended Brisbane Girls Grammar School. She then won... Read more

Shorncliffe Pier – Out with the old and in with the new

Formerly known as Sandgate Pier, this long structure with its white timber rails and colonial lamps was completed in 1882. The Sandgate Pier Company Limited was formed on the 16 February 1882 to acquire freehold or leasehold land in the municipality of Sandgate on which to erect a pier, bathing houses, hotel and pavilions for... Read more

Kawana Island, Sunshine Coast

Guest Blogger – Sunshine Coast Heritage Library Series: Changing Landscapes Kawana, a beachside suburb of the Sunshine Coast is situated 94 kilometres north of Brisbane. Prior to the 1960s Kawana was undeveloped wallum country consisting of ti-tree, banksia, swamp grasses and mangroves with tidal sand and mud flats. The only access to this land was... Read more

New accessions: Reginald Heber Roe Correspondence (1916-1924)

This new acquisition contains 55 letters sent to Reginald Heber Roe in Brisbane by his family and friends in England and South Africa. Reginald Heber Roe (1850-1926) arrived in Brisbane as a young man, in 1876, to take the position of headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School. The school flourished under his leadership, producing graduates who... Read more

New Accession: Dilys Mary Birbeck Collection: From England to Sydney by Flying Boat

The John Oxley Library recently received an interesting collection created by English emigrant, Dilys Mary Birbeck, who travelled from England to Sydney, with her husband and two small daughters, by flying boat in 1948. The flying boat service between England and Australia began in 1938 when large luxury flying boats began to operate a thrice... Read more

Preserving the Websites of Queensland’s Past Premiers

John Oxley Library’s commitment to preserving and sharing aspects of contemporary Queensland life include collecting not only physical materials but also born-digital resources such as websites. Just how do we go about collecting websites? ...Show More Summary

“Cannon Hill” what’s in a name

After some interest in the suburb of Cannon Hill from local residents regarding the origin of its name and some investigation into its history, I have put together a summary of my findings on the subject from records available at the State Library of Queensland. Cannon Hill is a residential suburb on Wynnum Road and... Read more

Buderim’s first golf course

Guest Blogger: Buderim Historical Society – Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes  Today when the words ‘Buderim’ and ‘golf’ are mentioned everyone thinks of the beautiful Headland Golf Club, but between the wars there was an earlier golf club on Buderim.   It was situated on a five year lease on land owned by H.... Read more

Digitised @SLQ – Beautiful Queensland from a railway carriage window

On the 8th of December 1924 the opening of the Daradgee Railway Bridge finally completed the North Coast Railway linking Brisbane and Cairns. The first section of the line connecting Gympie to Maryborough had been opened on the 6th of August 1881 and other pieces of the line were built in isolated sections as need dictated... Read more

Queensland Places – Burketown – 1887 Cyclone

One of the worst cyclones to strike the Cape York region occurred at Burketown on 5 March 1887.  The cyclone struck with limited warning and remains one of the worst recorded in Queensland.  It lasted about twelve hours, during which Burketown and the surrounding area sustained major damage as well as loss of life. At... Read more

Digitised @SLQ Geological surveys of Queensland

What did your neck of the Queensland woods look during the past 150 years?  Enjoy digitised Geological Survey maps in the State Library’s collection. Featured is a newly digitised geological map of the Moreton districtfrom 1955 by Dorothy Hill. Published by the Department of Mines, the map reveals intricate knowledge of Queensland’s rich geology.  Comprised... Read more

Connecting collections on the Sunshine Coast

Many different groups, individuals and organisations across the state hold incredible Queensland heritage items, and the State Library offers programs and resources to the stewards of this distributed collection of Queensland memory to help preserve and make their content accessible. Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Gulf of Carpentaria – Albatross Bay

Albatross Bay, within which the town of Weipa is located, is situated on the western coast of Cape York.  It is believed to have been named by either the Honourable John Douglas, the government resident on Thursday Island or by Captain Kerr, after the Queensland government steamer Albatross, which Kerr commanded. The Albatross operated during [...]

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