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Lady Flo

Florence Isabel Bjelke-Petersen was the wife of Queensland’s longest serving and most controversial Premier and served as a Queensland Senator for twelve years, yet according to the blurb of her book Classic country wisdom: “Lady Flo shares her wealth of timeless hints in such domestic areas as cleaning, gardening, even grooming and etiquette, as well … Read more

Allan & Stark Christmas book, 1917

Allan & Stark Christmas book, 1917. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The 1917 Christmas shopping catalogue from Brisbane’s Allan & Stark Ltd department store provides an insight into the types of products on offer to Queenslanders during the festive season. This sixteen page shopping catalogue contains products such as toys, perfumes, bath salts, soaps, gloves, hosiery, handkerchiefs, sunshades, umbrellas, ornaments, neckwear, handbags, knitting bags, kimonos, ties, … Read more

Michael Gannon’s Pirates

The roguish pioneers surrounding their prize actively evolved the code and foreshadowed the impending success of the sport. Gannon takes pride of place, seated among the tall forwards of the Pirates. Photograph courtesy of the Queensland Rugby Union Archives

Guest blogger: Conor Feehely – Archivist, Queensland Rugby Union. The skull and crossbones emblazoned across his team’s jersey may not have been to Michael Gannon’s liking, but it did characterise the buccaneering spirit with which he established himself at the helm of a raft of burgeoning sporting communities across South-East Queensland. Mr Gannon relocated to … Read more

Proclamation of Port Douglas

The sign details the Proclamation of Port Douglas. Port Douglas was proclaimed an official port of entry for the levy of dutiable goods on December 1, 1877. Photo by Tom Volling, Douglas Shire Council, December 2017.

Guest blogger: Bill Wilkie – Douglas Libraries, Douglas Shire Council. This month on 1 December, Port Douglas celebrated its 140 year anniversary of settlement. A new information sign was unveiled at Teamsters Park, Craiglie by Cr Mayor Julia Leu and Douglas Shire Historical Society Executive Committee Member Noel Weare to mark the occasion. The port … Read more

Brisbane South Sudanese community photographs, 2010-11

Referendum rally, December 2010. From 30852, Brisbane South Sudanese community photographs. Photographer: Hamish Cairns. Image in copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 30852-0002-0002

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan, in East-Central Africa, formally obtained their independence after the results of a referendum showed an overwhelming 98.83% voted for separation. The referendum was held several months earlier in January with ABC News reporting that of the 27,000 southern Sudanese living in Australia, approximately 9,000 were eligible to vote. A … Read more