Brisbane Synagogue Donation Event

On Tuesday 16th April members of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation joined State Library staff to witness the formal handover of two of the earliest documents relating to the Jewish community of Brisbane.  This highly significant collection comprises a marriage register for the period 1868 to 1946 and the Synagogue Building Committee Minute Book, 1884-1886.  The minute book documents the fund … Read more

#OutbackQueensland communities – featuring Julia Creek, Richmond, Cloncurry and more

Horse racing in the bush, outback Queensland, image 29527 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

2019 is the Year of Outback Tourism in Queensland. Starting in April through to late September many townships and communities in western Queensland will be hosting special events and programs in their regions, extending a warm welcome and invitation to visitors and travelers to experience country hospitality in the outback. To acknowledge the Queensland Government’s … Read more

Put Deep

7129 Joan Peeters Diaries 1941-1944. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Elaine Acworth – 2018 Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. In July 1943 the forces of the Imperial Japanese Army were slowly being beaten back along the Kokoda Track, and displaced from their strongholds on the north coast of New Guinea.  As the war moved northwards, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander South-West Pacific Area, moved … Read more

East Woolloongabba Estate, [East Brisbane], 1884 (Map of the Week)

East Woolloongabba Estate, [East Brisbane], 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1884 advertises land for sale at the East Woolloongabba Estate (Darrach’s Paddock), now part of the Brisbane inner-city suburb of East Brisbane. Woolloongabba was incorrectly spelled on the map. The allotments were situated along Didsbury Street, Withington Street, Vulture Street (now Vulture Street East) and Stanley Street (now Stanley Street … Read more

Radio Days

Group of friends gathered around a radio in Brisbane, ca. 1942. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 102831

Guest blogger: Tony Brett Young. It’s difficult to emphasise the importance of radio in our young lives in pre-television days in the Queensland outback. In the early 1950s, Longreach had two radio stations, ABC Radio’s 4QL and the commercial station, 4LG which rather grandly called itself “The voice of the Golden West”. My active love … Read more

Chelmer Railway Station Estate, Chelmer, 1914 (Map of the Week)

Chelmer Railway Station Estate, 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library

This real estate map from 1914 advertises land for sale at the Chelmer Railway Station Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Chelmer. The allotments were situated along Oxley Road, Appel Street, Plumridge Street, Crawford Street (now Crawford Road) and Chelmer Road (now Chelmer Street East). Extensive publicity for the Chelmer Railway Station Estate was published … Read more

Florence Chatfield Photograph Album

Recently digitised is a beautiful photograph album compiled by nurse, Florence Chatfield, who made a significant contribution to the nursing profession in Queensland during a long and distinguished career.  The album along with other items, including photographs, a cutting book, certificates and ephemera, was generously donated to the library by staff from the Diamantina Health … Read more