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Sherwood Junction Estate, [Corinda and Sherwood], 1883 (Map of the Week)

Sherwood Junction Estate, [Sherwood and Corinda], 1883. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1883 advertises land for sale at the Sherwood Junction Estate, now part of the Brisbane suburbs of Corinda and Sherwood. The allotments were situated along Hilda Street, Kathleen Street, Arthur Street (now Ruthven Street), Alfred Street (now Harrowby Street) and five unnamed roads (now Dewar Terrace, Quarry Road, Primrose Street, … Read more

Greek Day 1941

Julie Christofis selling buttons to a sailor Brisbane 1941. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 101795.

With the events of May 1941 still to befall Crete, on Wednesday 19 March 1941 Brisbane’s Greek community came together for ‘Greek Day’ – a day long fundraising event that raised funds for the Greek Relief appeal.  The highlight of the day was a parade through the streets of Brisbane.  Led by 40 Evzones (men … Read more

From Brisbane trainee nurse to U.S. war bride: the diary of Elvie Geissmann

1941 diary of Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann. State Library of Queensland collection. Image courtesy Debbie Terranova

Guest blogger: Debbie Terranova – QANZAC100 Fellow. In January 1941, the Brisbane General Hospital accepted twenty-year-old Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann as a trainee nurse and she moved into the nurses’ quarters1. There she began a personal diary in which she recorded the trials, hopes, and despairs of a young “British born”2 woman during World War Two. … Read more