40th anniversary – official opening of Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway

From our ephemera collection

On July 22, 1976, Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway was officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Colin Hannah in front of approximately 300 invited guests and a crowd of onlookers. The ceremony marked the completion of the final stage of the project (1.4 kms from Alice Street to the William Jolly Bridge). The expressway first … Read more

Baynes’ Paddock, [Greenslopes], 1887 (Map of the Week)

Bayne's Paddock Estate, [Greenslopes], Brisbane, 1887. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

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 1887 advertises 436 allotments of land for sale at Baynes’ Paddock (located in present day Greenslopes). There is a discrepancy between the map and newspaper advertisements … Read more

Unidentified Gympie couple

30198 Thomas Bevan Ambrotypes of a Wealthy Couple, Gympie, Queensland 1876. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Two quarter plate hand coloured ambrotype photographs of a prosperous-looking, unfortunately, unidentified couple. The exposed images are housed in their original thermoplastic Union case with “Angel and cherub/Morning” design, with their working brass hinges and clasp. Each ambrotype in the original gilt brass mat with stamped floral design at each corner and with ormolu preserver … Read more

A night with Mental As Anything and Dave Warner at UQ Refec (1979)

Mental As Anything, University of Queensland, 1979. From 29127 Paul O'Brien Collection 1970-1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. (CC-BY)

Among the 800+ images contained in the Paul O’Brien Collection, a series documenting Brisbane’s music scene from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, are two photographs of Sydney band Mental As Anything, just prior to their mainstream success, and Dave Warner, singer and songwriter, formerly of Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs. These photographs were most probably taken … Read more