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Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb and Co. (Digitised @ SLQ)

Front cover of Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb & Co. with guide to the present coaching routes in Queensland by William Lees (SLQ collection)

In October 1939, William Lees, historical writer and proprietor and editor of the Queensland Pastoral Gazette, died at his home in Yeerongpilly, ironically whilst reading a newspaper. Lees had a keen interest in history, was a member of the Queensland Historical Society, and had travelled extensively throughout the state. During his career he wrote a … Read more

Shakespeare Fans

This is the Brisbane Shakespeare Society, dressed up for a production of Henry V at the Exhibition Building on 23 April 1918. Queenslanders at the time seemed to be equal fans of Shakespeare and Edward, the Prince of Wales. In 1920, to honor a visit by the Prince, they went all out with a Shakespeare … Read more

Edward Gustavus Campbell Barton, Electricity Pioneer


Edward Gustavus Campbell Barton (1857-1942) is hardly a household name in Queensland, however as a pioneer of electricity supply his contribution to the development and modernisation of the state is unquestionable. Born in Toorak, Victoria, Barton had quite an international education, attending school in Dunedin, New Zealand, receiving engineering training in Scotland and studying in … Read more