State Library of Queensland visit to the Brisbane Synagogue

In December 2019, State Library of Queensland staff from three areas (Queensland Memory, Preservation Services and Information Services) visited the Brisbane Synagogue at the invitation of the irrepressible Dr Michael Briner. The Brisbane Synagogue is the second oldest synagogue on mainland Australia (built in 1886), with the oldest established in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1861.  The … Read more

Archibald Meston Papers OM64-17.

Meston Notebook 6 - Birds.

One of the significant items in the State Library collections for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpages is the Archibald Meston Papers.  Items from this collection are featured in the Spoken exhibition. The Australian Dictionary of Biography lists Meston as a journalist, explorer and botanist; however, Archibald Meston (1851-1924) is best known for his role … Read more

Atlas Café, Brisbane

The Atlas Café, located at Atlas Chambers, 27 Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD, was operated by Greek migrant George Sklavos, starting some time during the mid-1920s. Sklavos is first listed as the proprietor of the Atlas Cafe in the 1927-1928 edition of the Queensland Post Office Directory. Previously, Sklavos had operated the American Bar in … Read more

Sound as historical material: developing a new way of cataloguing, describing and accessing sound in the archive

Guest blogger: Seth Ellis – 2019 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence. I’m the Mittelheuser scholar in residence, which means my job is to “develop new ideas, tools, strategies and services” for the State Library and other Queensland cultural institutions. In my case, I’m working on the idea of sound as historical material—uncovering the sounds of the past as … Read more

100th anniversary of Edward Granville Theodore becoming Queensland Premier

Today marks 100th anniversary of Edward Granville Theodore becoming Queensland Premier. Theodore entered politics in 1909 as a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly seat of Woothakata, later becoming Premier of Queensland and leader of the Queensland Labor Party from 1919 until 1925. He was nicknamed ‘Red Ted’ because of his confrontational style whilst Treasurer … Read more

Lutheran Archive language books from Hope Vale, Bloomfield River State School now online

As avid supporters of the International Year of Indigenous Languages celebrations, State Library of Queensland and the Lutheran Archives entered into a partnership to digitise and to provide online access to Aboriginal language children’s booklets created in the 1970s. These charming booklets, with titles such as Kija [Crabs], Wambiji [Platypus] and Kuku Ngujuji [Funny Stories] … Read more

Richter Estate, Annerley, 1889 (Map of the Week)

This real estate map from 1889 advertises land for sale at the Richter Estate, located in the Brisbane suburb of Annerley. The allotments were situated along Ipswich Road, Richter Street (now Devon Street) and two unnamed roads (Ferndale Street and Cracknell Road). Extensive publicity was published in Brisbane newspapers. “This splendid estate situated about two … Read more