Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Andrew Jacobsen – An Act of Bravery Acknowledged

The Nautilus at anchor, Brisbane River, 1887, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 65323

On 4 August 1888, the Torres Strait Pilot and New Guinea Gazette reported on the presentation of a medal to Andrew Jacobsen in acknowledgement of his bravery in saving a man from drowning.  Mr. Jacobsen was aboard the ship Nautilus, in August 1887, when a man named Jimmy Tait fell overboard and, being unable to swim, … Read more

Chinese Merchants trading with storekeepers Brennan & Geraghty

The original Brennan and Geraghty store in Lennox Street, Maryborough. Photo courtesy of Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society Inc.

Guest Blog – Presentation by Ken Brooks for Maryborough Library Local History Talk Brennan & Geraghty’s Store in Maryborough is owned by National Trust Queensland (1975) and is operated as a museum about itself and its place in the community of Maryborough. Established in 1871 by brothers-in-law Patrick Brennan and Martin Geraghty, the store remained … Read more

Queensland Places – Kiriri (Hammond Island) – St. Joseph’s Church

Wedding at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Hammond Island, Queensland, 1969. From 30394 Elaine Sinnamon Collection. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 30394-0001-0101

St Joseph’s Catholic Church on Kiriri (Hammond Island) has a long history dating back to the early 1920s.  At the time of its construction, the Sacred Heart missionaries were keen to expand their area of operations, especially in the context of the growth of population driven by such rapidly developing local industries as pearling. Formal … Read more

Early racing history in the Brisbane River Valley

Guest Blogger: Elizabeth DeLacy, Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails. The pioneers of the Brisbane River Valley were renowned horsemen. Articles uncovered in the Moreton Bay Courier and Sydney Morning Herald reveal interesting facts about local identities and settlement in the district. Colin Mackenzie of Kilcoy Station was a steward at the first meeting of the Moreton … Read more

Wedding Reception at Nick’s Cafe – Do You Know These People?

Wedding reception at Nick’s Cafe, Elizabeth St., Brisbane, ca. 1950s. A recent donation to the John Oxley Library includes this wonderful photograph of a wedding reception which was held at Nick’s Cafe in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, during the 1950s.  Unfortunately the bride and groom, standing at the rear of the group, are unidentified and we … Read more