Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Japanese and Chinese businesses in the 1880s

Victoria Parade, Thursday Island, ca. 1895. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 121658

During the last quarter of the 19th century and onward, many people of Chinese and Japanese background or descent played an important role in the development of Thursday Island. In addition to being active members of the general community, they operated a range of shops and businesses, as well as being prominent within specific sectors … Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – RMS Quetta – What happened after the sinking?

Quetta Memorial Cathedral, Thursday Island, 1904. State Library of Queensland Neg. No. 143584

The sinking of the SS Quetta on the night of February 28, 1890 remains one of Queensland’s most tragic events, but what happened in the period after the sinking and loss of life?  Public feeling over the loss of the ship was very strong with various rumours and stories circulating throughout Queensland and beyond.  Some … Read more