Category Archives: Brisbane Back

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

Betty Mansion

Betty with her brother Richard and her doll ‘Cuddles.’ Photo supplied by Julie Hornibrook. Photo taken by The Telegraph 1937, held in collection of Julie Hornibrook

Guest blogger: Julie Hornibrook – 2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow Betty Mansion was a marvellous doll’s house built for eight year old Betty Hornibrook at Clontarf in 1935. This was the same year as the opening of the Hornibrook Highway, built by her father Manuel Hornibrook. Betty’s birthday was in May, perhaps … Read more

A night at Cloudland with XTC, Flowers (Icehouse) and The Numbers (1979)

XTC (L-R - Andy Patridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory) performing at Cloudland, Brisbane, 1979. From 29127 Paul O'Brien Collection 1970-1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY

“Cloudland, a symbol of the past, ballroom luxury, lurex and romance has now become known overnight as Brisbane’s chief rock venue outside Festival Hall”, reported Robert Cameron in the June 1979 edition of non-profit community magazine, Time Off. From the late 1970’s, until its controversial demolition in 1982, Brisbane’s Cloudland Ballroom became a regular venue for rock concerts. Some of the fledgling … Read more