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Help us collect political ephemera from the 2020 Local Government Elections

Can you help us 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

Researching family history with the Torres News

example of family History

The Torres News is a fantastic resource for Torres Strait Islanders researching their family history. This newspaper has been digitised and is available online on Trove Newspapers. Here I am going to demonstrate a basic family history search. First I will search the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies [AIATSIS] Mura Collections … Read more

Astoria Café, Barcaldine

In December 1938, the Longreach Leader newspaper reported the Bellas Bros had donated the entire ‘opening day’ cash takings from the Astoria Café, Barcaldine to the Western Children’s Jubilee Health Association. Migrating from Sparta, Greece, members of the Bellas (Bellesis) family ran the café in Barcaldine for approximately five years because in 1943 it was … Read more