Category Archives: Brisbane Back

40th anniversary – official opening of Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway

From our ephemera collection

On July 22, 1976, Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway was officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Colin Hannah in front of approximately 300 invited guests and a crowd of onlookers. The ceremony marked the completion of the final stage of the project (1.4 kms from Alice Street to the William Jolly Bridge). The expressway first … Read more

Baynes’ Paddock, [Greenslopes], 1887 (Map of the Week)

Bayne's Paddock Estate, [Greenslopes], Brisbane, 1887. 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 1887 advertises 436 allotments of land for sale at Baynes’ Paddock (located in present day Greenslopes). There is a discrepancy between the map and newspaper advertisements … Read more

A night with Mental As Anything and Dave Warner at UQ Refec (1979)

Mental As Anything, University of Queensland, 1979. From 29127 Paul O'Brien Collection 1970-1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. (CC-BY)

Among the 800+ images contained in the Paul O’Brien Collection, a series documenting Brisbane’s music scene from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, are two photographs of Sydney band Mental As Anything, just prior to their mainstream success, and Dave Warner, singer and songwriter, formerly of Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs. These photographs were most probably taken … Read more

Indooroopilly Township, Brisbane, 1889 (Map of the Week)

Indooroopilly Township adjoining the Nelson Estate : for sale on the ground Saturday June 29th, 1889, at 2.30 p.m. sharp. 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 1889 is advertising over 288 allotments of land for sale at the Indooroopilly Township in the suburb of Indooroopilly. The allotments for sale were situated along Gordon Terrace, Salisbury … Read more

Trespass Posts

Entrance to old Cumbooqueepa the residence of Thomas Blacket Stephens South Brisbane ca. 1872. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg  20289

Guest blogger: Bill Kitson – Retired museum curator and co-author of Surveying Queensland 1839-1945 : a pictorial history It has been said and words have been written, that the boundary posts erected on the Town Boundary of Brisbane in 1852 were placed there to inform the Aboriginal people and the police that ‘no Aboriginal person was … Read more