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Queensland Places – Thursday Island – The naming of some of the main streets

Douglas Street, Thursday Island, ca. 1895, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 121656

The area now comprising the central area of Thursday Island was originally called Port Kennedy, in honour of the former Governor of Queensland, Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy.  However, over time, the name Thursday Island became more commonly used as the alternative to the name Port Kennedy. The first formal land survey, with the laying out … Read more

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first public concert, 1947

The Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Queensland Government and The Brisbane City Council presents the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (1947). SLQ ephemera collection

On March 26, 1947, the newly-formed Queensland Symphony Orchestra gave their first public concert at Brisbane’s City Hall, in front of an audience of 2,500 people. The concert was supported by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission), the Queensland State Government and the Brisbane City Council. Percy Code was the guest conductor for the event. Favorable … Read more

Views of Maryborough, 1896

Views of Maryborough, 1896. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

On March 7, 1896, the Maryborough Chronicle newspaper issued a supplement in the form of an illustrated poster. The Maryborough Chronicle reported – “This issue contains an extra supplement in the form of a large coloured sheet, very creditably got up, containing views of Maryborough, together with all the principal public buildings, factories, and mills, … Read more