Collision of the Steamer Guthrie with the Thursday Island Jetty

Damaged Thursday Island Jetty, 1908. John Oxley Library, Image 39343. Photograph originally published in the Queenslander, 1 February 1908, p.25

The steamer Guthrie was built around 1884 and originally part of the Eastern and Australian Steamship Company’s fleet.  Later, it was acquired by the prominent Queensland company, Burns, Philp & Co, and became part of its Australian fleet of vessels.  The Guthrie was well known at the various ports along the Asian-Australian shipping routes, travelling … Read more

Aboriginal Placenames of South-East Queensland.

Aboriginal placenames generate a lot of discussion regarding meanings, translations, etc. – in fact, over the course of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, State Library has received a steady flow of requests asking for meanings or origins of placenames across South-East Queensland. In response, State Library has developed a new Resource Guide for Aboriginal … Read more

Brisbane Arcade

Brisbane Arcade walkway

The Brisbane Arcade is celebrating 95 years as Brisbane’s oldest and grandest shopping arcade, from 1924-2019. In celebration Brisbane Arcade presented the Spring Flower Show “Jewel in the Crown” between Saturday 31 August to Friday 6 September 2019, which included a lovely assortment of flowers from Redlands, Victoria, New South Wales and further afield from … Read more