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An introduction of the history of Chinese business in Queensland

Guest blogger – Rutian Mi, 2019 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame fellow. There are many studies on Chinese immigrant history in Queensland but few studies have been done about Chinese business history in Queensland. This research focuses on Chinese businesses in Queensland during 1840-1940 with two case studies: Kwong Sue Duk and Tom See … Read more

Aboriginal Placenames of South-East Queensland.

Aboriginal placenames generate a lot of discussion regarding meanings, translations, etc. – in fact, over the course of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, State Library has received a steady flow of requests asking for meanings or origins of placenames across South-East Queensland. In response, State Library has developed a new Resource Guide for Aboriginal … Read more

‘You won a piece of dirt … but that’s where the lottery part of it finished’: the joys and challenges of being a balloter

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. Balloting was big in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The government wanted to increase agricultural production so needed more farmers 1. Balloting land removed the greatest barrier for those wanting to be farmers – the cost of agricultural land. Outside the large land development schemes … Read more

Atlas Café, Brisbane

The Atlas Café, located at Atlas Chambers, 27 Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD, was operated by Greek migrant George Sklavos, starting some time during the mid-1920s. Sklavos is first listed as the proprietor of the Atlas Cafe in the 1927-1928 edition of the Queensland Post Office Directory. Previously, Sklavos had operated the American Bar in … Read more