Queensland history on ABC Local Radio Queensland – August and September

Each Tuesday night after 9pm on ABC Local Radio Queensland, the State Library of Queensland’s Myles Sinnamon looks back at events that have shaped Queensland’s history with host Rebecca Levingston.

Here are the podcasts for this segment for August and September this year:

Events in Queensland’s history during the month of August (Part 1)

  • Did you know the composer of the Doctor Who theme music was a Queenslander? Ron Grainer – born 11 August 1922
  • Earthquake shocks in Gayndah and other areas of Queensland, August 1883
  • First ever Rugby Union game played between QLD and NSW, August 1882
  • A house in Cairns explodes after dynamite is placed in the oven for safekeeping, August 1912
  • Tears for Fears perform at the Brisbane Festival Hall, August 1985
Queensland Rugby Union Team who played New South Wales in an Intercolonial Match, ca. 1883. State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 68103

Queensland Rugby Union Team who played New South Wales in an Intercolonial Match, ca. 1883

Events in Queensland’s history during the month of August (Part 2)

  • Queensland’s first public demonstration of television, August 1949
  • An “ungentlemanly display” after the General Election in Ipswich, August 1883
  • Mr Gooch and the Thargomindah bunyip, August 1941
  • Cat Stevens performs at the Brisbane Festival Hall, August 1972
First public demonstration on television in Brisbane, 1949. Photo taken from The Telegraph, 2 August 1949

First public demonstration on television in Brisbane, 1949. Photo taken from The Telegraph, 2 August 1949

Events in Queensland’s history during the month of September (Part 1)

  • Mt Mulligan mining disaster, September 1921
  • First Aboriginal model to be featured on the cover of Vogue Australia, September 1993
  • Queensland teenagers pressure US singer Ricky Nelson to perform in Brisbane during his Australian tour, September 1960
Damage from the explosion at the Mt Mulligan Coal Mine, Queensland, 1921. State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 32999

Damage from the explosion at the Mt Mulligan Coal Mine, Queensland, 1921

Events in Queensland’s history during the month of September (Part 2)

  • Murder of Betty Shanks at The Grange – Queensland’s oldest cold case , September 1952
  • Devastating tornado hits Gympie, September 1932
  • US group The Monkees and a Channel 9 reporter cause controversy at a press conference in Brisbane, September 1968
Betty Thomson Shanks. State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 197124

Betty Thomson Shanks. Murdered on 19 September 1952 at The Grange

Events in Queensland’s history during the month of September (Part 3)

  • Plane crash near Winton – fifth worst accident in Australia’s civil aviation history and the first aviation accident investigation in Australia to be aided by information on a flight data recorder, September 1966
  • Entertainment – a well-known “pedestrian” walks around a theatre for 24 hours, September 1880
  • Brad Shepherd, lead guitarist for the Hoodoo Gurus, grew up in Queensland. (Hoodoo Gurus’ album Crank is released in September 1994)
Headlines from The Telegraph (Brisbane) newspaper on 22 September 1966

Headlines from The Telegraph (Brisbane) newspaper on 22 September 1966

Events in Queensland’s history during the month of September (Part 4)

  • Sabre jet plane breaks the sound barrier in Queensland for the first time, September 1954
  • Clement Wragge and the Steiger Vortex Guns – rainmaking experiment in Charleville, September 1902
  • Adam and The Ants perform at Brisbane Festival Hall, September 1981
Battery of Stiger Vortex rain-making guns at Charleville, 1902. State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 85049

Battery of Stiger Vortex rain-making guns at Charleville, 1902

Podcasts from March to July:

Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland