Author Archives: Myles Sinnamon Back

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7129 Joan Peeters Diaries 1941-1944. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Elaine Acworth – 2018 Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. In July 1943 the forces of the Imperial Japanese Army were slowly being beaten back along the Kokoda Track, and displaced from their strongholds on the north coast of New Guinea.  As the war moved northwards, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander South-West Pacific Area, moved … Read more

East Woolloongabba Estate, [East Brisbane], 1884 (Map of the Week)

East Woolloongabba Estate, [East Brisbane], 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1884 advertises land for sale at the East Woolloongabba Estate (Darrach’s Paddock), now part of the Brisbane inner-city suburb of East Brisbane. Woolloongabba was incorrectly spelled on the map. The allotments were situated along Didsbury Street, Withington Street, Vulture Street (now Vulture Street East) and Stanley Street (now Stanley Street … Read more

Radio Days

Group of friends gathered around a radio in Brisbane, ca. 1942. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 102831

Guest blogger: Tony Brett Young. It’s difficult to emphasise the importance of radio in our young lives in pre-television days in the Queensland outback. In the early 1950s, Longreach had two radio stations, ABC Radio’s 4QL and the commercial station, 4LG which rather grandly called itself “The voice of the Golden West”. My active love … Read more

Chelmer Railway Station Estate, Chelmer, 1914 (Map of the Week)

Chelmer Railway Station Estate, 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library

This real estate map from 1914 advertises land for sale at the Chelmer Railway Station Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Chelmer. The allotments were situated along Oxley Road, Appel Street, Plumridge Street, Crawford Street (now Crawford Road) and Chelmer Road (now Chelmer Street East). Extensive publicity for the Chelmer Railway Station Estate was published … Read more

Sherwood Junction Estate, [Corinda and Sherwood], 1883 (Map of the Week)

Sherwood Junction Estate, [Sherwood and Corinda], 1883. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1883 advertises land for sale at the Sherwood Junction Estate, now part of the Brisbane suburbs of Corinda and Sherwood. The allotments were situated along Hilda Street, Kathleen Street, Arthur Street (now Ruthven Street), Alfred Street (now Harrowby Street) and five unnamed roads (now Dewar Terrace, Quarry Road, Primrose Street, … Read more

From Brisbane trainee nurse to U.S. war bride: the diary of Elvie Geissmann

1941 diary of Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann. State Library of Queensland collection. Image courtesy Debbie Terranova

Guest blogger: Debbie Terranova – QANZAC100 Fellow. In January 1941, the Brisbane General Hospital accepted twenty-year-old Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann as a trainee nurse and she moved into the nurses’ quarters1. There she began a personal diary in which she recorded the trials, hopes, and despairs of a young “British born”2 woman during World War Two. … Read more