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The Great Sale of Hermit Park, Townsville, 1884 (Map of the Week)

Hermit Park the great sale, Townsville, 1884. 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 1884 advertises 191 allotments of land for sale at Hermit Park in Townsville. The allotments were situated along Charters Towers Road, Armstrong Street, Ackers Street, Ahearne … Read more

Bundaberg State High School now on the Queensland Heritage Register

Bundaberg State High School and Technical College 1922. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 1831

The Queensland Heritage Council recently announced that several buildings at Bundaberg State High School have been added to the Queensland Heritage Register. The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places that have cultural heritage significance to the people of Queensland. According to the Queensland Heritage Register database, the buildings added to the register were … Read more

Glass-eating escapologist visits Queensland (1928)

Cartoon of Sidney Dan. Published in Brisbane's Daily Standard newspaper, May 3, 1928

Warning – Do not attempt this at home! In 1928 English escapologist and entertainer Sidney Dan, promoted as “The World’s fastest escapologist and nature’s greatest freak”, was wooing audiences as he toured Australian theatres. In May, he appeared at the Wintergarden Theatre in Rockhampton. Audiences were thrilled watching Sidney Dan escape from a straitjacket and … Read more