Category Archives: Brisbane Back

100th anniversary – March of the Dungarees

"The pioneers of the Dungaree contingent who left Warwick last week for Brisbane". John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

November 16, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the March of the Dungarees, a recruitment march that started in Warwick and continued through Allora, Clifton, Greenmount, Cambooya, Toowoomba, Helidon, Gatton, Laidley, Rosewood, Ipswich, eventually finishing in Brisbane. As they passed through each town the number of recruits grew, starting with 28 men and finishing with 125 … Read more

Tara House (Queensland Irish Association) – History in Pictures

Early view of Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, 1884. The building later known as Tara House can be seen with the sign 'Unimack Produce Merchant'. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image API-004-0001-0015

In 1919, businessman, architect and politician James Cowlishaw financed the Queensland Irish Association’s (QIA) purchase of a building (later known as Tara House) on Elizabeth Street in Brisbane’s CBD by a mortgage of £8,000 (purchase price was £11,000 – $815,000 today). Sadly the QIA fell upon hard times and in October 2015 went into liquidation. Subsequently Tara House was … Read more

2003 anti-war protest in Brisbane – History in Pictures

Demonstrating dog at the Brisbane anti Iraq War demonstration, February 2003. (In copyright). John Oxley Library of Queensland. Image APU-066-0001-0014

On February 16, 2003, one of Brisbane’s largest mass protests took place when an estimated 100,000 people rallied against a military invasion of Iraq, though police more conservatively assessed only half that number turned out. Two days earlier, 150,000 protesters had marched through the streets of Melbourne. On the same day as the Brisbane demonstration … Read more

‘La Stupenda’ enchants Brisbane (50th anniversary)

Two programs (and original newspaper clipping) for the Brisbane season of the Sutherland Williamson International Grand Opera Company in 1965 (State Library of Queensland collection)

On October 11, 1965, a packed house at Brisbane’s Her Majesty’s Theatre showered Australia’s world-famous soprano Joan Sutherland with floral tributes following her performance in Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’. It was the first performance of the Brisbane leg of the Sutherland-Williamson International Grand Opera Company’s national tour, and ticket-holders dressed to the nines for the … Read more