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‘The great apostle of physical culture’ arrives in Brisbane (1902)

Photograph of Sandow from Steele Rudd's magazine July 1906. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 147977

In October 1902, Brisbane theatre audiences were treated to two world-renowned acts. One was opera singer Nellie Melba, the other the man referred to as the father of modern bodybuilding, Eugen Sandow. Born Friedrich Muller in Prussia, Sandow had been touring Australia since July and garnering a great deal of publicity. On October 27, as … Read more

Waterloo Bay Estate, Wynnum, 1886 (Map of the Week)

Waterloo Bay Estate, Wynnum, Brisbane, 1886. 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 from 1886 advertises 245 allotments of land for sale at the Waterloo Bay Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Wynnum. The allotments were situated along Waterloo Esplanade, Bride Street, Bay … Read more