Choreographed group formations at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, 1982

People forming a map of Australia at QEII Stadium for the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, 1982. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In Copyright. Image 191176

With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony commencing today, its timely to focus on these three images from our collection taken at the QEII Stadium (now called the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre) during the opening ceremony of the Brisbane Commonwealth Games on September 30, 1982. These photographs from the Purcell Family collection … Read more

Centaur House, Mt Gravatt 1949: almost the first raffle of real estate in Queensland

Centaur House, Logan Road, Mt Gravatt, 1950. From OMEG Centaur House Records 1948-1979. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Library Fellow. After buying Exton House at 337 Queen Street Brisbane, the Centaur Memorial Fund needed £15,000 for renovations. In early 1949, they devised a raffle, ‘the first of its kind in Queensland’,¹ in which the main prize was a house and land package in the Chester … Read more