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Queensland places – Proston

Two small collections that have recently gone live on SLQ’s One Search catalogue shed light on the early days of the town of Proston in Queensland’s South Burnett region. Acc 6605 Burns Family Photographs of Proston District  contains 16 images from the 1930s and Acc 6608 Proston Photographs contains some earlier images from 1923-1924. Located approximately … Read more

At the Brisbane Ekka, 1950-1977 – the Centaur Memorial Fund’s money spinner

Extract from the Brisbane Telegraph, 3 September 1949, in Scrapbook OMEG 19_1, Centaur Fund Records, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In this Ekka week, Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Fellow, revisits a relic of Sideshow Alley. Over the years, at Brisbane’s Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association’s Exhibition (RNA, the Ekka) the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses operated a Chocolate Wheel, like the one pictured here at the Southport Show in September 1949. In … Read more

Too Rude for Queensland?

Little Red School Book - banned Queensland Literature Board of Review in 1972

Guest blogger – Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. Censorship exists in all societies, from self-censorship in actions and language, through to bureaucratic networks controlling information, opinion and images. Censorship of military and intelligence matters still applies to newspapers, most pronounced in time of war. With the rise of social media, … Read more