Photograph from one of The Go-Betweens earliest concerts

Grant McLennan and Robert Forster performing at Baroona Hall, Brisbane, April 28, 1978. From 29127, Paul O'Brien Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY

May 6, 2016 marks 10 years since the death of Grant McLennan, Queensland musician and co-founder of the indie rock group, The Go-Betweens. This image is part of the recently donated Paul O’Brien collection, showing a young McLennan with fellow singer-songwriter Robert Forster performing as The Go-Betweens at Baroona Hall in Caxton Street, Paddington on 28 April … Read more

The Baby Killer – Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup (Patent medicine in Queensland)

Trade card from the collection of Miami University Libraries

Browse through Queensland newspapers from the mid-1880s until the early part of the 20th century, you will discover they are filled with advertisements for elixirs, tonics, ointments and powders curing everything from rheumatism to baldness to cancer. Many of these so-called “cures” were either ineffective and/or contained dangerous chemicals. In the era of patent medicines, manufacturers … Read more

Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb and Co. (Digitised @ SLQ)

Front cover of Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb & Co. with guide to the present coaching routes in Queensland by William Lees (SLQ collection)

In October 1939, William Lees, historical writer and proprietor and editor of the Queensland Pastoral Gazette, died at his home in Yeerongpilly, ironically whilst reading a newspaper. Lees had a keen interest in history, was a member of the Queensland Historical Society, and had travelled extensively throughout the state. During his career he wrote a … Read more

Shakespeare Fans

Brisbane Shakespeare Society, in costume for Henry the Fifth, 1918

This is the Brisbane Shakespeare Society, dressed up for a production of Henry V at the Exhibition Building on 23 April 1918. Queenslanders at the time seemed to be equal fans of Shakespeare and Edward, the Prince of Wales. In 1920, to honor a visit by the Prince, they went all out with a Shakespeare … Read more