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Glass-eating escapologist visits Queensland (1928)

Cartoon of Sidney Dan. Published in Brisbane's Daily Standard newspaper, May 3, 1928

Warning – Do not attempt this at home! In 1928 English escapologist and entertainer Sidney Dan, promoted as “The World’s fastest escapologist and nature’s greatest freak”, was wooing audiences as he toured Australian theatres. In May, he appeared at the Wintergarden Theatre in Rockhampton. Audiences were thrilled watching Sidney Dan escape from a straitjacket and … Read more

Wish you were here – Vintage postcards of Brisbane

Collage of images around Brisbane ca. 1907. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 194876

Today’s tour of turn-of-the-20th-century Brisbane is brought to you by digitised postcards from our collection, while the commentary is provided by this tourist guide, produced by the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau from the same period. So make yourself comfortable and get ready to discover this great city. Let the tour commence…. “Brisbane, the capital of … Read more

125th anniversary of South Brisbane Town Hall – History in Pictures

View of men sitting on the lawn and South Brisbane Town Hall 1935. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 202840

On July 1, 1892, the South Brisbane Municipal Chambers (also known as the South Brisbane Town Hall) were officially opened with a special banquet attended by the Queensland Premier, Sir Samuel Griffith. Construction on the municipal chambers started in 1891 and the building was occupied by the South Brisbane Municipal Council until they were disbanded … Read more

NEW ACCESSION: Survey, subdivision and estate sale plans for Glencairn Estate, Indooroopilly, 1920s-1960s

State Library of Queensland has recently acquired a set of survey, subdivision and estate sale plans for the Glencairn Estate, Indooroopilly: The estate lies between the Brisbane River and Harts Road, Indooroopilly. The entire area was owned, before subdivision, by Henry Cooke Morrow, the Managing Director of Morrows Ltd, confectioners and biscuit makers, whose large … Read more