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Diving into the History of Queensland’s Pearl Shelling Industry – The first Pearling trade in Australia

Northern Territory shellfish. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Amery

Guest blogger: Toni Massey – 2017 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow Australia’s pearling industry began long before European settlement where pearl shell was used extensively in trade throughout Australia. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that Aboriginal Australians were some of the first people that valued and appreciated the beauty and uniqueness of the pearl shell. … 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

Glimpses of Sunny Queensland, 1914

Front cover - Glimpses of Sunny Queensland, 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

On April 3, 1914, Brisbane’s Telegraph newspaper promoted the arrival of the Queensland Government Intelligence and Tourist Bureau’s latest pictorial publication. “Glimpses of Sunny Queensland is a capitally got up picture album, issued by the Queensland Government Intelligence Bureau. It contains 72 pages, the photographs used in the production numbering 86. The pictures represent scenes … 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