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

Fiesta Gardens 1948 – a touch of Hollywood at Slacks Creek

Fiesta Gardens’ main entrance. From OMEG Centaur House Records 1948-1979. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In this entry for the Centaur Memorial Fund Series, Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Library Fellow and Dr Hilda Maclean, Logan City Council Libraries Local Heritage Specialist, re-discover a post-WWII entertainment venue. Fiesta Gardens at Slacks Creek opened on Saturday 12 June 1948. Described as a colourful new resort with ‘quite a Hollywood touch’,1 … Read more

Michael Gannon’s Pirates

The roguish pioneers surrounding their prize actively evolved the code and foreshadowed the impending success of the sport. Gannon takes pride of place, seated among the tall forwards of the Pirates. Photograph courtesy of the Queensland Rugby Union Archives

Guest blogger: Conor Feehely – Archivist, Queensland Rugby Union. The skull and crossbones emblazoned across his team’s jersey may not have been to Michael Gannon’s liking, but it did characterise the buccaneering spirit with which he established himself at the helm of a raft of burgeoning sporting communities across South-East Queensland. Mr Gannon relocated to … Read more

Proclamation of Port Douglas

The sign details the Proclamation of Port Douglas. Port Douglas was proclaimed an official port of entry for the levy of dutiable goods on December 1, 1877. Photo by Tom Volling, Douglas Shire Council, December 2017.

Guest blogger: Bill Wilkie – Douglas Libraries, Douglas Shire Council. This month on 1 December, Port Douglas celebrated its 140 year anniversary of settlement. A new information sign was unveiled at Teamsters Park, Craiglie by Cr Mayor Julia Leu and Douglas Shire Historical Society Executive Committee Member Noel Weare to mark the occasion. The port … Read more

Back to Yamsion Day

Past pupils Lloyd Priebbnow, Othni Priebbnow and seated Betty White attended the day, October 2017.

During October this year the residents of the Yamsion district forwarded an invitation to State Library and the Queensland Memory team to attend their Back to Yamsion Day. Prior to receiving the invitation, I had not heard of the township of Yamsion or any of the other settlements referred to by the organising committee as … Read more

Diving into the History of Queensland’s Pearl Shelling Industry – The first Pearling trade in Australia

Northern Territory shellfish. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Amery

Guest blogger: Toni Massey – 2017 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow Australia’s pearling industry began long before European settlement where pearl shell was used extensively in trade throughout Australia. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that Aboriginal Australians were some of the first people that valued and appreciated the beauty and uniqueness of the pearl shell. … Read more