Queensland Places – Somerset – George Elphinstone Dalrymple

George Elphinstone Dalrymple. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 14465

George Elphinstone Dalrymple, as one of the early Police Magistrates at Somerset, has a prominent place in early Queensland and Torres Strait history.  After emigrating to Australia in the mid-1850s, he was attracted to North Queensland, leading a number of journeys of exploration through the region, adding much to the accumulated knowledge of the region … Read more

Anyone For Tennis?

With the Brisbane International in full swing, in a steamy Brisbane summer, it is timely to highlight some of the tennis related material held in the John Oxley Library.  The collections include photographs, cutting books, records of tennis clubs and associations, and published works about the history of tennis in Queensland. Reginald Heber Roe, appointed headmaster of the Brisbane Grammar School … 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

Queensland Places – Gulf of Carpentaria – Commonwealth Lightship Carpentaria

Commonwealth Lightship Carpentaria. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 129656

Lightships were used in various locations in Queensland as an effective means to protect shipping from the dangers of reefs or shoals, or as general navigational aids.  They were to prove an effective and cheaper alternative to lighthouses or beacons especially where these were not able to be built.  As part of the Commonwealth’s responsibility … 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

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – The naming of some of the main streets

Douglas Street, Thursday Island, ca. 1895, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 121656

The area now comprising the central area of Thursday Island was originally called Port Kennedy, in honour of the former Governor of Queensland, Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy.  However, over time, the name Thursday Island became more commonly used as the alternative to the name Port Kennedy. The first formal land survey, with the laying out … Read more