NEW ACCESSION: Survey, subdivision and estate sale plans for Glencairn Estate, Indooroopilly, 1920s-1960s

State Library of Queensland has recently acquired a set of survey, subdivision and estate sale plans for the Glencairn Estate, Indooroopilly: The estate lies between the Brisbane River and Harts Road, Indooroopilly. The entire area was owned, before subdivision, by Henry Cooke Morrow, the Managing Director of Morrows Ltd, confectioners and biscuit makers, whose large … Read more

Missing Heritage – The Queensland Railway Times

Queensland Railway Times, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Ever experienced the terrible disappointment of discovering a gap in our holdings, missing issues which for some reason were never acquired by State Library of Queensland. Sadly, in the case of the Queensland Railway Times, only a few issues exist in our collection. Published in Ipswich by the Queensland Railway Employees’ Association, the Queensland Railway … Read more

Mount Pleasant Heights, [Holland Park and Greenslopes], 1918 (Map of the Week)

The heights of Mount Pleasant: Greenslopes and Logan Road, 1918. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1918 advertises 227 allotments of land for sale at Mount Pleasant Heights estate in the Brisbane suburbs of Holland Park and Greenslopes. The allotments were situated … Read more

Gambling and casinos

Treasury Casino, Brisbane, 1996. (In copyright). From GL-50 Casino Complex Photograph Albums 1996. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 130291

Guest blogger: Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. State governments in every Australian state have legalised poker machines and casinos, primarily because they can tax such activities to contribute to state revenue, helping to pay for schools, hospitals and other responsibilities. Some states embraced these revenue raising possibilities very early, especially … Read more

A century of political ephemera: A window onto Queensland politics from 1915-2015

From SLQ's political ephemera collection

Guest blogger: Dr Lorann Downer – 2016 John Oxley Library Fellow. The Queensland state election of 1989 is famous for bringing down the curtain on 32 years of conservative administration and ushering in the Goss Government and a raft of democratic reforms. But it’s also significant for another, lesser-known reason. This election also marks the … Read more

Phil Dickie Collection

Investigative journalist Phil Dickie at the State Library of Queensland, March 2012. Photograph SLQ

Among the recipients of the 2017 Queensland Greats Awards, announced on 6 June (Queensland Day), was award-winning investigative journalist Phil Dickie. Dickie’s articles for the Courier-Mail were instrumental to uncovering police corruption and organised crime in Queensland during the 1980s. Dickie’s investigative reporting for the Courier-Mail, along with ABC Four Corners‘ Moonlight State were the … Read more