Queensland Places – Hamilton Goldfield and Ebagoola Township

Ebagoolah Township, 1900. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 39745

The Hamilton Goldfield was officially proclaimed on 13 July 1900, following the discovery of gold by John Dickie the previous year.  The Hamilton field was named for gold miner, investor and member of the Queensland Parliament, John Hamilton. The township of Ebagoola was surveyed in September 1900 to service the newly proclaimed goldfield, with the … Read more

Queensland Places – Victoria Memorial Institute, Thursday Island

Victoria Memorial Institute Thursday Island, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The Victoria Memorial Institute building was an important part of the Thursday Island landscape for around ninety years, before being demolished in the early 1990s to make way for new council offices.  This photograph shows it as a well designed, impressive building with its name featured prominently over the front entrance.  It would, no doubt, … Read more

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