Category Archives: Brisbane Back

Atlas Café, Brisbane

The Atlas Café, located at Atlas Chambers, 27 Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD, was operated by Greek migrant George Sklavos, starting some time during the mid-1920s. Sklavos is first listed as the proprietor of the Atlas Cafe in the 1927-1928 edition of the Queensland Post Office Directory. Previously, Sklavos had operated the American Bar in … Read more

100th anniversary of Edward Granville Theodore becoming Queensland Premier

Today marks 100th anniversary of Edward Granville Theodore becoming Queensland Premier. Theodore entered politics in 1909 as a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly seat of Woothakata, later becoming Premier of Queensland and leader of the Queensland Labor Party from 1919 until 1925. He was nicknamed ‘Red Ted’ because of his confrontational style whilst Treasurer … Read more

Brisbane Arcade

Brisbane Arcade walkway

The Brisbane Arcade is celebrating 95 years as Brisbane’s oldest and grandest shopping arcade, from 1924-2019. In celebration Brisbane Arcade presented the Spring Flower Show “Jewel in the Crown” between Saturday 31 August to Friday 6 September 2019, which included a lovely assortment of flowers from Redlands, Victoria, New South Wales and further afield from … Read more

Vale James Birrell, architect

James Birrell, one of Queensland’s preeminent architects, recently passed away. Birrell was responsible for some of Queensland’s best known buildings from the 1950s onward. His work includes the innovative car park on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane’s CBD, the former Toowong Library, the J.D. Story Administration Building and the Union College Building at the University of … Read more

American Bar, Brisbane

Situated at 276-278 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, the American Bar was operated by George Sklavos between 1911 and ca.1929. George Sklavos was born in the Kytherian village of Mitata in Greece in 1882. He travelled to Australia in 1900, working in New South Wales before moving to Queensland and establishing the American Bar, one of … Read more

Miss Warana 1973

Miss Julie Younger being crowned Miss Warana at Cloudland Ballroon, 1973.  John Oxley Library, Acc: 32078

With spring in the air and the weather warming up, some of us, over a certain age, may remember Brisbane’s Warana Spring Festival. The John Oxley Library recently received a lovely donation of photographs from a former Miss Warana, Julie Cable, who was then known as Julie Younger. Julie, a private secretary from Toowong, was … Read more

Intimate stories, challenging histories

Guest blogger: Elisabeth Gondwe – President Oral History Queensland. Oral History Queensland (OHQ) delivers the 2019 Oral History Australia (OHA) Biennial Conference at State Library of Queensland, starting 10 – 13 October. Registrations are still open inviting you to an exciting program including keynote Katrina Srigley, Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing/The Stories of Nbisiing: Relational … Read more