Yearly Archives: 2011 Back

Surf Life Saving

Surf lifesavers at Burleigh Heads, ca. 1935 John Oxley Library Image number 93832

The Tweed Heads Surf and Life-Saving club was the first official Life Saving club in Queensland and was formed in 1909 to patrol the Greenmount Beach .   It was initiated in 1908 by Sydney dentist Harold Bennett who brought an old line and belt to Tweed Heads from New South Wales for the purpose of … Read more

F.W.Nissen Pty Ltd Records and Photographs

F.W. Nissen Pty Ltd colour catalogues

F.W.Nissen business records, a photograph album of the interior of the family owned firm and catalogues are just part of a recent donation to Queensland Memory. Frederick William Nissen started as a manufacturing jeweller in 1892 and established a workshop upstairs at 216 Queen St., Brisbane, with a retail outlet downstairs. Some years later, F.W.Nissen moved to 204 Queen … Read more

New Acquisition – Allan Arthur Morrison Papers

A.A. Morrison

The John Oxley Library recently acquired the personal papers and photographs of Queensland historian, Allan Arthur Morrison.  The collection includes photographs, a bound copy of Morrison’s PHD thesis “Liberalism in Queensland”, drafts of many of his historical articles, and correspondence relating to his involvement with the Australian Dictionary of Biography, the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the … Read more

Memories of Christmas Past and Present

Bush Christmas illustration, 1897

        Memories of Christmas past and present including some of our traditions.  Carols by Candlelight in the parks and gardens of most cities and towns, the mailing of Christmas greeting cards to friends and family near and far, many of whom we have not contacted since the previous Christmas. Our sporting traditions…cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and … Read more

Graham Webster’s World of Music

State Library holds a significant collection of sound recordings donated by the late Graham Webster AM, a Queensland radio broadcasting professional with over 40 years’ experience in ABC radio and television. A national figure during his career, Graham presented for NHK (the Japanese national broadcaster), and his work in Japan included narration for films, and … Read more

Our conservators at work: restoring the Hall and Dods Collection

Before conversation treatment - Plan of the United Insurance Company, Brisbane Office, details of counter. 1912 (State Library of Queensland, Acc. No. 27671/69)

Last year the State Library of Queensland acquired 297 architectural drawing as part of Hall and Dods Collection. The architectural drawings are dated from 1898 to 1984. The architectural drawings are a mixture of building projects, competition designs and tenders prepared by the company for commercial buildings, hospitals, public building, churches and private residence. The drawings … Read more

Remembering the Fantome Island Leprasorium

Map of Fantome Island to Dunk Island - surveyed by Lieut. G. E. Richards, corrected to October 1933. Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 20451

Sensitivity Message:- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material may be culturally sensitive for some individuals and communities The recently released documentary film – Fantome Island – presents accounts of life for Indigenous leper patients on a North Queensland island. The physical and social isolation of the island influenced daily life in this unique community of … Read more