Yearly Archives: 2019 Back

Peace, Prosperity and Catastrophe – The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd 1919-29

Guest blogger: Dr Hilary Davies, 2018 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow. The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd (CCM) was a major company in Queensland between 1905 and 1929, primarily selling motorised vehicles, engines, bicycles and sporting goods. After a business slow-down during the First World War, the CCM sought to support … Read more

The 1941-42 journals of Mrs Ellen Humphreys, grazier of “Hutton Park”

6333 Ellen Humphreys Papers, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Guest blogger – Debbie Terranova – Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. Ellen Maria Humphreys owned and operated a cattle property called “Hutton Park”, situated in the central-west of Queensland near Injune. In 1941, she was a 63-year-old widow with six adult children, several grandchildren, an elderly mother, and a working dog called Tigar. Les, the youngest, … Read more

2019 Federal election – help us collect political ephemera

Call for assistance to collect non-Brisbane electoral ephemera! The State Library of Queensland has a significant and historical collection of ephemera.  This material, which is generally regarded by most of us as “throw away” items, provides a unique perspective into Queensland’s social life, popular culture and political viewpoints. Political ephemera is an area of particular … Read more

‘It was their baby’: Land ballots and the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme

Hatched areas show the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Basin Development Scheme (Queensland Land Administration Commission Fitzroy Basin (1979). The brigalow scheme in Central Queensland 1962-1978. Brisbane, Land Administration Commission Department)(©State of Queensland, 1979 CC-BY 4.0).

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. The Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme, or the Brigalow scheme as its known, is among the largest land development schemes undertaken by the Queensland government. The scheme was comprised of Crown land resumed from existing lessees which was sold or balloted, portions returned to those … Read more

Brisbane Synagogue Donation Event

On Tuesday 16th April members of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation joined State Library staff to witness the formal handover of two of the earliest documents relating to the Jewish community of Brisbane.  This highly significant collection comprises a marriage register for the period 1868 to 1946 and the Synagogue Building Committee Minute Book, 1884-1886.  The minute book documents the fund … Read more