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Queensland Places – Victoria Memorial Institute, Thursday Island

Victoria Memorial Institute Thursday Island, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The Victoria Memorial Institute building was an important part of the Thursday Island landscape for around ninety years, before being demolished in the early 1990s to make way for new council offices.  This photograph shows it as a well designed, impressive building with its name featured prominently over the front entrance.  It would, no doubt, … Read more

170th anniversary of George Croft’s Amphitheatre

Thomas Dowse's diary for April 1847. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

On April 26, 1847, one of Brisbane’s first theatres gave its opening performance. In advertisements published in the Moreton Bay Courier, Mr George Croft’s Amphitheatre, situated in Russell Street, South Brisbane promised a spectacular show. George Croft, formerly of the Victoria Theatre in Sydney and Astley’s Royal Amphitheatre London, would perform numerous tightrope stunts including “an … Read more

Panoramic Queensland

Panoramic photographs are among the most powerful and evocative of historical images, their broad sweep enabling people to connect with the past and to easily identify the changes in their surrounding environment.  State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of panoramas from all corners of the State, spanning over 140 years. A selection of … Read more

60th anniversary – Australia’s first drive-in shopping centre

Scale model of Allen & Stark's department store, Chermside, Brisbane, Queensland, April 1956. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 191380. In copyright

On May 30, 1957, thousands of shoppers attended the opening of Allan and Stark’s Chermside Drive-in Shopping Centre in Brisbane’s north. Set on 28 acres (11.33ha), it promised a shopping experience that would be “both fun and a thrill”. The £600,000 shopping complex was heralded as the first of its kind in Australia. Fifteen minutes … Read more