Queensland Places – Victoria Memorial Institute, Thursday Island

Victoria Memorial Institute Thursday Island, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The Victoria Memorial Institute building was an important part of the Thursday Island landscape for around ninety years, before being demolished in the early 1990s to make way for new council offices.  This photograph shows it as a well designed, impressive building with its name featured prominently over the front entrance.  It would, no doubt, … Read more

170th anniversary of George Croft’s Amphitheatre

Thomas Dowse's diary for April 1847. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

On April 26, 1847, one of Brisbane’s first theatres gave its opening performance. In advertisements published in the Moreton Bay Courier, Mr George Croft’s Amphitheatre, situated in Russell Street, South Brisbane promised a spectacular show. George Croft, formerly of the Victoria Theatre in Sydney and Astley’s Royal Amphitheatre London, would perform numerous tightrope stunts including “an … Read more

Panoramic Queensland

Panoramic photographs are among the most powerful and evocative of historical images, their broad sweep enabling people to connect with the past and to easily identify the changes in their surrounding environment.  State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of panoramas from all corners of the State, spanning over 140 years. A selection of … Read more