Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914

In February 1914, the Queensland Government Printer published a 112-page booklet to mark the 50th anniversary of railways in Queensland. Entitled Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914, the booklet provides a detailed history on the establishment of Queensland’s railways and its administration.

Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Ipswich Railway Station, 1914. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Ipswich Railway Station, 1914. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

'A group of early officials, 1864'. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

‘A group of early officials, 1864’. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

C16 Class Engine, built in Ipswich Workshops. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

C16 Class Engine, built in Ipswich Workshops. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

ABT Rack Engine, Mount Morgan Branch. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

ABT Rack Engine, Mount Morgan Branch. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Railway map of Queensland. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Railway map of Queensland. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

At the time of its release Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914 was mentioned in several Queensland newspapers, including Brisbane’s Daily Standard – “The compilation of the information must have entailed a great deal of research work. It includes the history of the Railway Department from the first action taken to constitute it to the present day, while interspersed are interesting photographs of individuals and rolling stock of the past and present days. One specially interesting picture depicts the opening of the first railway at Ipswich in 1865, the men wearing the old grey top hats, while the ladies are shown in crinoline skirts”.

'Opening of first railway, Ipswich, 1865'. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

‘Opening of first railway, Ipswich, 1865’. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland have digitised Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914, which can be viewed through our One Search catalogue.

Further reading:

Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland