Category Archives: Brisbane Back

Library mutilation madness (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

Public Library of Queensland in William Street, Brisbane, ca. 1933. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 42831

There’s nothing more frustrating when leafing through a library book to discover some selfish person has removed pages, rendering part of the work unreadable. For book lovers and librarians alike, this is nothing short of intolerable, anti-social behavior, but surely our grandparents and great grandparents were above this sort of thing….weren’t they? Sadly, this is … Read more

2011 Queensland floods – 5th anniversary

Car being submerged in flood waters on Brougham Street in Fairfield, Queensland 2011. Image in copyright. 28585 John Doody 2011 Flood Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 28585-0001-0013

January marks the 5th anniversary of the 2011 Queensland floods which inundated parts of South-East Queensland including the Lockyer Valley, the Darling Downs, Ipswich and Brisbane, claiming the lives of 36 people. State Library of Queensland holds hundred of digitised images documenting the 2011 floods and the massive cleanup that followed as Queenslanders rallied together to provide … Read more

Stamford Estate, Indooroopilly, 1888 (Map of the week)

Plan of the Stamford Estate Indooroopilly Railway Station for sale by auction on the ground on Saturday afternoon November 10th, 1888, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Queensland. 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 real estate map for 1888 is advertising 169 allotments of land for sale at the Stamford Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly.  Interestingly the map details existing properties such as the … Read more

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