Queensland Places – Somerset – George Elphinstone Dalrymple

George Elphinstone Dalrymple. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 14465

George Elphinstone Dalrymple, as one of the early Police Magistrates at Somerset, has a prominent place in early Queensland and Torres Strait history.  After emigrating to Australia in the mid-1850s, he was attracted to North Queensland, leading a number of journeys of exploration through the region, adding much to the accumulated knowledge of the region … Read more

There’s only one Surfers Paradise : playground of the Pacific, Queensland, Australia (1950s tourism)

There's only one Surfers Paradise : playground of the Pacific, Queensland, Australia. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of historical tourism ephemera from across the state. This small promotional booklet entitled There’s only one Surfers Paradise : playground of the Pacific, Queensland, Australia was recently digitised and made available for online access. Published sometime during the 1950s, There’s only one Surfers Paradise was designed and produced … Read more

Choreographed group formations at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, 1982

People forming a map of Australia at QEII Stadium for the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, 1982. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In Copyright. Image 191176

With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony commencing today, its timely to focus on these three images from our collection taken at the QEII Stadium (now called the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre) during the opening ceremony of the Brisbane Commonwealth Games on September 30, 1982. These photographs from the Purcell Family collection … Read more

Centaur House, Mt Gravatt 1949: almost the first raffle of real estate in Queensland

Centaur House, Logan Road, Mt Gravatt, 1950. From OMEG Centaur House Records 1948-1979. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Library Fellow. After buying Exton House at 337 Queen Street Brisbane, the Centaur Memorial Fund needed £15,000 for renovations. In early 1949, they devised a raffle, ‘the first of its kind in Queensland’,¹ in which the main prize was a house and land package in the Chester … Read more