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170th anniversary of George Croft’s Amphitheatre

On April 26, 1847, one of Brisbane’s first theatres gave its opening performance. In advertisements published in the Moreton Bay Courier, Mr George Croft’s Amphitheatre, situated in Russell Street, South Brisbane promised a spectacular...Show More Summary

Tarana Estate, Holland Park, 1926 (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 1926 advertises 102 allotments of land for sale at the Tarana Estate in Brisbane suburb of Holland Park. The allotments were situated along Logan Road, Holland Road, Barter... Read more

Free milk for Queensland school children (1953)

On March 3, 1953, more than 60,000 bottles of free milk were distributed to Brisbane students at 111 state schools, 37 independent schools and 15 pre-schools. Although the federal government had passed the State Grants (Milk for School Children) Act in December 1950, Queensland was the last state to introduce the scheme. Concern regarding distribution... Read more

Panoramic Queensland

Panoramic photographs are among the most powerful and evocative of historical images, their broad sweep enabling people to connect with the past and to easily identify the changes in their surrounding environment.  State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of panoramas from all corners of the State, spanning over 140 years. A selection of... Read more

Second section of Jubilee Township, Bardon, 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 from October 1887 advertises over 550 allotments of land for sale at the second section of the Jubilee Township in the Brisbane suburb of Bardon. The first section... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – John Turnbull, Chemist and Druggist

This advertisement, published in 1897, shows what would have been a very important  and familiar place for the residents of Thursday Island.  At a time when access to health care was limited in terms of modern medical knowledge, chemists and druggists such as John Turnbull played a vital role in terms of people’s well being.... Read more

Gaul Estate, Gatton, 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 38 allotments of land for sale at the Gaul Estate in Gatton. The allotments were situated along Gaul Street, Hickey Street, Allan Street and Old... Read more

60th anniversary – Australia’s first drive-in shopping centre

On May 30, 1957, thousands of shoppers attended the opening of Allan and Stark’s Chermside Drive-in Shopping Centre in Brisbane’s north. Set on 28 acres (11.33ha), it promised a shopping experience that would be “both fun and a thrill”. The £600,000 shopping complex was heralded as the first of its kind in Australia. Fifteen minutes... Read more

The Central Station Cafe

Recently digitised at the State Library of Queensland is this colourful lantern slide advertising the Central Station Café. The item, slightly damaged, was identified in a small collection among the library’s thousands of glass plates and lantern slides. With its bright colours, spectacular fonts and 1920s charm, it was crying out for the broader circulation... Read more

New accession: Glen O’Malley Photographs, 1970-1978

Accession 30875 A recent acquisition for State Library of Queensland’s Original Materials collection are two photographs by Glen O’Malley, a photographer from North Queensland. Glen has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1975. Show More Summary

Ormiston Railway Station Estate, 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 real estate map from 1889 advertises 100 allotments of land for sale at the Ormiston Railway Station Estate. The allotments were situated along Cowley Street, Raby Esplanade, Cleveland Terrace, George... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Japanese and Chinese businesses in the 1880s

During the last quarter of the 19th century and onward, many people of Chinese and Japanese background or descent played an important role in the development of Thursday Island. In addition to being active members of the general community, they operated a range of shops and businesses, as well as being prominent within specific sectors... Read more

Descendants and reunions

Guest blog: Maryborough Family Heritage Institute Inc There are many reasons for hosting family reunions and the volunteers at Maryborough’s Family Heritage Institute Inc. enjoy arranging events for the families and descendants of those who bravely left their countries of origin to an unknown land across the sea. Show More Summary

Jetty View Estate, Redcliffe, 1914 (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 1914 advertises 120 allotments of land for sale at the Jetty View Estate in Redcliffe. The allotments were situated along Silvester Street, Baldwin Street, Shields Street, Oxley... Read more

Sectarian strife: Protestant versus Catholic in 1930s Queensland politics

Guest blogger: Dr Lorann Downer, 2016 John Oxley Library Fellow. Sectarian or religious division is a major theme in the political ephemera held in the John Oxley Library collections from the 1938 Queensland election. Ephemera, such as pamphlets and how to vote cards, help tell the story of the political history of our state. In... Read more

Queensland’s earliest police manuals

Guest blogger:   Lisa Jones, Queensland Police Museum with Libby Fielding, John Oxley Library Back in 1869, the speed limit for Queensland police officers travelling by horse was five miles per hour – unless of course you happened to be pursuing an offender. Standard equipment for a constable on duty included, among other essentials, handcuffs, a... Read more

Science on the Great Barrier Reef

Recently donated to the State Library of Queensland is a brief unpublished report on a scientific expedition to the Low Isles in 1954. The document contains the recollections of John Bristow, then a young undergraduate industrial chemist. A highlight of the report, and also available digitally, are a number of wonderful photographs of the expedition. These... Read more

Stephens Paddock, South Brisbane [Highgate Hill], 1890 (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 1890 advertises 90 allotments of land for sale at the Stephens Paddock Estate (located present day Highgate Hill). The allotments were situated along Laura Street, Prospect Terrace,... Read more

La Fetts – ‘SEQEB Scabs’

In the year 2000, radio station 4ZZZ celebrated 25 eventful years of existence. To commemorate this milestone, a 2xCD compilation – ‘Behind the Banana Curtain’ – was released, documenting the musical highlights of these tumultuous two and a half decades. Many of the tracks included were known worldwide, others were very localised classics, never before... Read more

‘Great scientists’ visits Brisbane (1914)

In mid-1914, three hundred scientists arrived in Australia to participate in the 84th annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS). Formed 1831, the BAAS’ objectives were “to give a stronger impulse and a more systematic direction to scientific inquiry; to promote the intercourse of those who cultivate science in different... Read more

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