New Accession: Dr Errol Solomon Meyers Collection

E.S. Meyers, 1906

The John Oxley Library has received a fascinating and very comprehensive collection regarding the life and medical career of Dr Errol Solomon Meyers.  The collection includes photographs, correspondence and publications by and about Dr Meyers, a talented and ground-breaking surgeon, a gifted educator, and a founder of the medical school at the University of Queensland. Errol … Read more

Kidnappers of Space

Kidnappers of space by Mary Elwyn Patchett

Set in the future, 1976, this juvenile science fiction novel tells the story of two brothers captured by ‘golden men’ of Mars. The original edition, published in London in 1953, is scarce now. The author, Mary Elywn Patchett (1897 – 1989), grew up on a cattle property near Texas in Queensland and many of her … Read more

New accessions: German New Guinea Photograph Album (Accession 29711)

S.M.S. Bussard at Matupi, 24 May 1896. Accession 29711: German New Guinea Photograph Album 1895-1896

This interesting new acquisition comprises a photograph album documenting a year in service of the German cruiser S.M.S. Bussard (November 1895 to November 1896) under the command of K. K. Winkler. The album contains 27 photographs of the ship, its crew, native villages and landscapes. The ship’s itinerary for the period covered in the album included places … Read more

Bankfoot House

William Grigor and Mary Fenwick Grigor Negative number: 196160 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest Blogger : Friends of Bankfoot House Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes Bankfoot House, a heritage residence in the Glass House Mountains, was established along Old Gympie road in 1868 by William and Mary Grigor. It was a rest stop for the Cobb and Co Coach Service between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields and … Read more

Queensland Places – Torres Strait – Wreck of the ship Conqueror

Ship Conqueror, State Library of Queensland Neg. No. 66921

The vessel Conqueror was a wooden, three masted barque weighing around 340 tons, which was mainly engaged in the transport of cargoes of various kinds between Australian ports and various locations to the north and elsewhere, becoming well known along these shipping routes.  In July 1866, the Conqueror sailed from Adelaide, calling at Newcastle for … Read more

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