Brisbane From The Air: Illustrated (1919)

Brisbane From The Air, 1919. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In September 1919, The Queenslander newspaper published a series of aerial photographs of Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs under the title, Brisbane By Air. The photographs were taken by the newspaper’s photographer, Frederick William Thiel and were promoted as the first photographs taken of Brisbane from an aeroplane. The Queenslander had approached the chief organiser of the … Read more

Queensland’s first Sheffield Shield match – 90th anniversary

Queensland XI team for Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales, Brisbane, Queensland, 1926. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 74140

Although Australia’s domestic first-class cricket competition, the Sheffield Shield, had been in existence since 1892, Queensland was not admitted until 1926. Prior to this Sheffield Shield matches were played between New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia only. Queensland’s first-class debut match in the competition occurred at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground on November 26, 1926 … Read more

Gairloch Bridge – 125th anniversary

Gairloch Bridge, ca.1904. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 42625

In November 1891, construction of the Gairloch Bridge, a low level bridge crossing the Herbert River near Ingham, was completed. Building commenced in early 1890, however floods and a cyclone slowed its progress. Gairloch Bridge was designed to withstand submersion during flooding and is one of Queensland’s earliest surviving examples of bridges incorporating concrete in … Read more

Grassdale Estate 2nd section, [Belmont, Chandler, Gumdale], 1885 (Map of the Week)

Grassdale Estate, 2nd section, 1885, [Belmont, Gumdale & Chandler]. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1885 advertises over 400 allotments of land for sale at the Grassdale Estate, which today is spread across three Brisbane suburbs Belmont, Chandler and Gumdale. The … Read more