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Anyone For Tennis?

With the Brisbane International in full swing, in a steamy Brisbane summer, it is timely to highlight some of the tennis related material held in the John Oxley Library.  The collections include photographs, cutting books, records of tennis clubs and associations, and published works about the history of tennis in Queensland. Reginald Heber Roe, appointed headmaster of the Brisbane Grammar School … Read more

Allan & Stark Christmas book, 1917

Allan & Stark Christmas book, 1917. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The 1917 Christmas shopping catalogue from Brisbane’s Allan & Stark Ltd department store provides an insight into the types of products on offer to Queenslanders during the festive season. This sixteen page shopping catalogue contains products such as toys, perfumes, bath salts, soaps, gloves, hosiery, handkerchiefs, sunshades, umbrellas, ornaments, neckwear, handbags, knitting bags, kimonos, ties, … Read more

Michael Gannon’s Pirates

The roguish pioneers surrounding their prize actively evolved the code and foreshadowed the impending success of the sport. Gannon takes pride of place, seated among the tall forwards of the Pirates. Photograph courtesy of the Queensland Rugby Union Archives

Guest blogger: Conor Feehely – Archivist, Queensland Rugby Union. The skull and crossbones emblazoned across his team’s jersey may not have been to Michael Gannon’s liking, but it did characterise the buccaneering spirit with which he established himself at the helm of a raft of burgeoning sporting communities across South-East Queensland. Mr Gannon relocated to … Read more