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Wish You Were Here – Vintage Postcards of Toowoomba

Horses and carriages in Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Undated. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 4831-0005-0021

Today’s tour of turn-of-the-20th-century Toowoomba is brought to you by digitised postcards from our collection, while the commentary is provided by Darling Downs, Queensland, the garden of Australia, a book produced by the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau in 1908. So make yourself comfortable and get ready to discover “the garden of Australia”. Let the tour … Read more

The Great Sale of Hermit Park, Townsville, 1884 (Map of the Week)

Hermit Park the great sale, Townsville, 1884. 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 1884 advertises 191 allotments of land for sale at Hermit Park in Townsville. The allotments were situated along Charters Towers Road, Armstrong Street, Ackers Street, Ahearne … 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