Vale Ann Garms

Ann Garms 2009

Heritage champion and local businesswomen Ann Garms OAM died late last month after a short illness.  Ms Garms was a well-known identity in Brisbane for many decades.  She saved (and restored) a number of heritage buildings from the wrecking ball that swung all too frequently in the 1970s and 1980s. The Old Courthouse in Cleveland … Read more

Experience Queensland on Flickr Commons

State Library of Queensland encourages access to the images posted in Flickr Commons.

Did you know State Library of Queensland holds approximately 1.5 million photographic resources – negatives, slides, original photographs, copy prints and original albums dating from 1859 to the present day relating to Queensland? In 2003, State Library launched its digital image library, Picture Queensland, populating the online catalogue One Search with 6,000 digitised photographs – … Read more

The Great Sale of Hermit Park, Townsville, 1884 (Map of the Week)

Hermit Park the great sale, Townsville, 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1884 advertises 191 allotments of land for sale at Hermit Park in Townsville. The allotments were situated along Charters Towers Road, Armstrong Street, Ackers Street, Ahearne … Read more

Age of Consent

The Age of Consent came out on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year,  1938. At the time most books were published overseas and imported into Australia, which made Customs Department, with their total control over what came into the country, our main censor. It was a role they carried out with diligence … Read more

The Cautious Amorist

The Cautious Amorist was banned in Australia from May 1933 to October 1953, with the authorities citing both indecency and blasphemy. A story of three men and a young woman cast away on a Pacific island, it explored “the effects of shipwreck on maidenly modesty, ministerial morals, and masculine rivalry” and the battle of the sexes which ensued – a battle … Read more