Indooroopilly Park Estate, Indooroopilly, 1921 (Map of the Week)

Indooroopilly Park Estate, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1921 advertises 122 allotments of land for sale at the Indooroopilly Park Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly. The allotments were situated along Essex Road, Carrington Road, McCaul Street, Turner Street, Victoria Street and Saunders Street. Prior to the sale extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers. “Close to … Read more

‘Sovereign People: Sovereign Stories’ FNAWN National Workshop

FNAWN Logo designed by Lisa Fuller

The black&write! team recently attended the highly anticipated Sovereign People: Sovereign Stories national workshop held in Canberra from 23rd to 26th August in conjunction with Canberra Writers Festival. Hosted by the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN), the peak representative body for First Nations Australia writers, poets and storytellers, the conference featured an incredible line-up … Read more

12 rules for life : an antidote to chaos (book)

Author: Jordan B. Peterson; foreword by Norman Doidge; illustrations by Ethan Van Scriver What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising and informative, … Read more


Narelle Anderson has helped to revolutionise recycling in Australia.  Anderson launched Envirobank Recycling in 2010 in response to the lack of recycling in public places. The reverse vending machine technology helps to incentivise, educate and reward consumers for their good recycling habits. As well as being an innovative entrepreneur, Anderson is a well-known speaker and … Read more

Balter makes a splash as beer drinkers proclaim it Australia’s favourite craft brewery

When Australian surfing stalwarts Mick Fanning, Bede Durbidge, Josh Kerr and Joel Parkinson got together in 2016 to create a brewery there was concern that beer drinkers would dismiss them as a gimmick. But just over two years and more than 20 accolades later, their Gold Coast-based business Balter has been recognised as a mainstay … Read more

Images from Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers, 2002

Garden beds filled with pastel shaded flowers rambling through Queens Park, Toowoomba, 2002. From 9955 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photographs Sep 2002. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image twb00055

Toowoomba’s annual Carnival of Flowers has been delighting crowds since its inception in 1949. In 2002, State Library photographer Reina Irmer captured a series of 58 photographs from the events including the images of flowers beds in Queens Park and the detoriated floats in parade. According to the Courier-Mail an estimated 55,000 people attend the … Read more

How the founders of snowsports safety startup ANTI proved their product worked — and Steve Baxter wrong — by bashing each other over the head

Brisbane-based startup ANTI has taken home the title of Australia’s Emerging Creative Startup 2018 for its super-safe snowsports beanie, following a pitch that saw the founders bashing each other over the head with a wooden stake. The startup won the title at the annual Creative3 event hosted by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, and will now … Read more

Canva, Australia’s best place to work, has a farm, indoor climbing wall, gives employees equity and birthday cocktails

Canva has recently been ranked as Australia’s best place to work, not once but twice. Both Great Place to Work and LinkedIn named it the number one workplace in the country over thousands of other companies. With this in mind, along with the reputation the business has earned through the entrepreneurship of its co-founders Mel Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and … Read more