Category Archives: Brisbane Back

Early ballet in Queensland


The State Library of Queensland has recently digitised a selection of images from the Marjorie Lucas Papers and Photographs.  These images, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, depict early days in the development of ballet in Queensland. Born in Brisbane in 1905, Marjorie Hollinshed spent her teen years in Melbourne before returning to Brisbane in 1924. … Read more

100th anniversary – C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten

Sheila, one of the assistant teachers at Paddington Kindergarten, Brisbane, ca. 1949. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 74349

This month marks the 100th anniversary of C&K Paddington Community Kindergarten located on Charlotte Street. The Paddington branch was officially opened on September 23, 1916 by Lady Goold-Adams, wife of the Governor of Queensland, Sir Hamilton John Goold-Adams and patroness of the Creche and Kindergarten Association. A creche operated on the site between 1917 and … Read more

A history of Fish Lane, part 1: St. Thomas’ Church of England

1859 map plan of the city and environs of brisbane (pink)

Fish Lane in South Brisbane has recently been undergoing a rapid process of gentrification and revitalisation, with bars and restaurants popping up along it and and concerted effort being made to make it a fashionable southside destination. However, for decades this narrow alleyway which currently runs between Grey and Manning Streets, was a neglected back … Read more

SLQ – a refuge from Black Friday (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

A recently digitised letter reveals that the Public Library of Queensland (formerly State Library of Queensland), was used as a place of temporary shelter on a day which was later dubbed ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Baton Friday’ at the height of the Brisbane General Strike of 1912. The strike started on January 18, 1912 after members of … Read more

Ashgrove East, Section 1, Brisbane, 1889 (Map of the Week)

Plan of Ashgrove East section no. 1 Main Waterworks Road. 1 Main Waterworks Road. 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 1889 advertises 149 allotments of land for sale at the Ashgrove East estate in the Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove. The allotments were situated along Waterworks Road, Devonshire Street, Exeter … Read more

Retro Fashion – Colvins fashion catalogue, 1938

Colvins fashion catalogue. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Take a journey back in time and discover what Queenslanders were wearing way-back-when by flipping through our digitised Queensland fashion catalogues. This 1938 Spring and Summer fashion catalogue was produced by clothing manufacturer Colvins. Early that year Colvins expanded from being a wholesale manufacturer to selling direct to the public. The company opened their frock warehouse showrooms … Read more

SLQ acquires Australia’s largest collection of Bee Gees recordings and memorabilia

Scrapbook from SLQ's Bee Gees collection. Photograph State Library of Queensland

“Is Jackson Estate still there?” enquired the Brothers Gibb about their former home at Cribb Island during a press conference at Brisbane Airport prior to their 3 concert performances at Festival Hall in September 1974. Despite achieving international stardom, the Bee Gees had not forgotten their Queensland roots. The Gibb brothers emigrated to Queensland as … Read more