Vale James Birrell, architect

James Birrell, one of Queensland’s preeminent architects, recently passed away. Birrell was responsible for some of Queensland’s best known buildings from the 1950s onward. His work includes the innovative car park on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane’s CBD, the former Toowong Library, the J.D. Story Administration Building and the Union College Building at the University of … Read more

American Bar, Brisbane

Situated at 276-278 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, the American Bar was operated by George Sklavos between 1911 and ca.1929. George Sklavos was born in the Kytherian village of Mitata in Greece in 1882. He travelled to Australia in 1900, working in New South Wales before moving to Queensland and establishing the American Bar, one of … Read more

Miss Warana 1973

Miss Julie Younger being crowned Miss Warana at Cloudland Ballroon, 1973.  John Oxley Library, Acc: 32078

With spring in the air and the weather warming up, some of us, over a certain age, may remember Brisbane’s Warana Spring Festival. The John Oxley Library recently received a lovely donation of photographs from a former Miss Warana, Julie Cable, who was then known as Julie Younger. Julie, a private secretary from Toowong, was … Read more

Intimate stories, challenging histories

Guest blogger: Elisabeth Gondwe – President Oral History Queensland. Oral History Queensland (OHQ) delivers the 2019 Oral History Australia (OHA) Biennial Conference at State Library of Queensland, starting 10 – 13 October. Registrations are still open inviting you to an exciting program including keynote Katrina Srigley, Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing/The Stories of Nbisiing: Relational … Read more