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Land ballots in Queensland

Mr R.C.J. Sallows (Chairman of the Committee of Review) and Mr E.C.J Muir (Chief Commissioner for Lands) at first (Fitzroy Development Brigalow Scheme) ballot, 19 April 1963. From 31287, Department of Lands Brigalow Development Scheme photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. Over almost 100 years1, thousands of Queenslanders won millions of hectares of agricultural land by ballot. This resulted from long standing national and state policies encouraging the more intensive use of agricultural land to increase food production2. In the 1950s more than half of the … Read more

Marly, Myora and St. Magnus : auction catalogues of three Brisbane houses

Detail of Catalogue of the sale at 'Myora', John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library’s ephemera collections contain volumes of small publications of the kind that are produced for a limited use and then usually thrown away.¬†Such items as advertising material, postcards, programmes, stickers, tickets and menus are not generally considered worth keeping but, when collected and sorted, these kinds of items can reveal significant stories of our … Read more