Category Archives: Brisbane Back

Brisbane From The Air: Illustrated (1919)

Brisbane From The Air, 1919. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In September 1919, The Queenslander newspaper published a series of aerial photographs of Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs under the title, Brisbane By Air. The photographs were taken by the newspaper’s photographer, Frederick William Thiel and were promoted as the first photographs taken of Brisbane from an aeroplane. The Queenslander had approached the chief organiser of the … Read more

Queensland’s first Sheffield Shield match – 90th anniversary

Queensland XI team for Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales, Brisbane, Queensland, 1926. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 74140

Although Australia’s domestic first-class cricket competition, the Sheffield Shield, had been in existence since 1892, Queensland was not admitted until 1926. Prior to this Sheffield Shield matches were played between New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia only. Queensland’s first-class debut match in the competition occurred at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground on November 26, 1926 … Read more

Grassdale Estate 2nd section, [Belmont, Chandler, Gumdale], 1885 (Map of the Week)

Grassdale Estate, 2nd section, 1885, [Belmont, Gumdale & Chandler]. 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 1885 advertises over 400 allotments of land for sale at the Grassdale Estate, which today is spread across three Brisbane suburbs Belmont, Chandler and Gumdale. The … Read more

Interview with Janet Fielding (Tegan from Doctor Who)

There have been great Queenslanders and famous Queenslanders, real ones and imaginary, but only one has been to the end of the universe and back. Brisbane-born actor Janet Fielding played Tegan Jovanka on Doctor Who from 1981-1984, accompanying Peter Davison’s Doctor in the TARDIS as they battled monsters including Daleks, Cybermen, and spooky snake spirits. … Read more