An Important Bridge

Opening of the Stanley River Bridge, Peachester, October 1923.  Mrs Elizabeth Grigor is cutting the ribbon. Collection of Peachester History Committee

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 river, and almost certainly take the bridge for granted. It is only during ‘severe weather events’, like the flooding rains in January … Read more

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

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

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

Kawana Island, Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Libraries - M865929

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

Hythe Flying Boat - Sydney to London.  With accommodation for 22 passengers, the flying boat has four Bristol Pegasus engines, and has an average speed of 165 mile per hour.

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