Author Archives: Myles Sinnamon Back

Stephens Paddock, South Brisbane [Highgate Hill], 1890 (Map of the Week)

Stephens Paddock Estate, first section, South Brisbane, 1890. 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 Brisbane real estate map from 1890 advertises 90 allotments of land for sale at the Stephens Paddock Estate (located in present day Highgate Hill). The allotments were situated along Laura Street, Prospect … Read more

Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914

ABT Rack Engine, Mount Morgan Branch. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In February 1914, the Queensland Government Printer published a 112-page booklet to mark the 50th anniversary of railways in Queensland. Entitled Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914, the booklet provides a detailed history on the establishment of Queensland’s railways and its administration. At the time of its release Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914 was mentioned in … Read more

Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995 (project update)

Go-Between & Xero concert poster. Designed by John Willsteed

Guest blogger – John Willsteed, recipient of the Letty Katts Award discusses his project Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995 My first move after the Queensland Memory Awards night was to put out a call on social media (Facebook, in this case). It looked a bit like this: “We are all … Read more

The Brisbane Shakespeare Society

Brisbane Shakespeare Society - Julius Caesar. From The Queenslander, 15 June, 1918. Image 702692-19180615-0028

Guest blogger: Rebecca Clarke. Following the First World War, Brisbane experienced a flourishing literary and cultural scene, marked most prominently by the founding of a remarkable number of cultural societies including the Brisbane Shakespeare Society. Formally established in December 1919, the Society aimed to be a “rallying point for the intellectuals of the country” by … Read more

Commemorating 70 years of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

George Sampson F.R.C.O., 1920. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 147969

Guest blogger: Dr Martin Buzacott – Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence, State Library of Queensland. Ever since I began writing my e-book commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, I’ve been asked one particular question over and over. ‘How come the QSO is only celebrating its 70th birthday when the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is already way past … Read more