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

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Doctor Joseph Leathom Wassell

Dr. Joseph Leathom Wassell Memorial, Thursday Island, State Library of Queensland. Neg 42736

The former Thursday Island Government Quarantine and Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Leathom Wassell was a well-respected and beloved member of the Thursday Island and Torres Strait communities, when he passed away in April 1915.  This is confirmed by the positive newspaper reports of the time as well as the construction of a memorial obelisk by … Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – European Businesses in the 1880s

Thursday Island, ca. 1895. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 67481

On Thursday Island during the last part of the nineteenth century, alongside those businesses operated by people representing a wide range of countries and backgrounds, particularly those of Chinese and Japanese descent, a range of European businesses operated. Many of these businesses advertised their goods and services in the Torres Strait Pilot and New Guinea … Read more

Queensland Places – Normanton – Former Bank of New South Wales Building

Bank of New South Wales, Normanton, ca. 1922. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 142273

The former Bank of New South Wales, now Westpac Bank, Normanton building was constructed in 1886 as the bank’s permanent premises in the town, intended to serve the Normanton region. The establishment of a bank branch here reflected the area’s growth and prosperity. By the mid-1880s, Normanton, on the Norman River, had developed as a … Read more

Queensland places – Proston

Two small collections that have recently gone live on SLQ’s One Search catalogue shed light on the early days of the town of Proston in Queensland’s South Burnett region. Acc 6605 Burns Family Photographs of Proston District  contains 16 images from the 1930s and Acc 6608 Proston Photographs contains some earlier images from 1923-1924. Located approximately … Read more