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Brisbane Synagogue Donation Event

On Tuesday 16th April members of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation joined State Library staff to witness the formal handover of two of the earliest documents relating to the Jewish community of Brisbane.  This highly significant collection comprises a marriage register for the period 1868 to 1946 and the Synagogue Building Committee Minute Book, 1884-1886.  The minute book documents the fund … Read more

East Woolloongabba Estate, [East Brisbane], 1884 (Map of the Week)

East Woolloongabba Estate, [East Brisbane], 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1884 advertises land for sale at the East Woolloongabba Estate (Darrach’s Paddock), now part of the Brisbane inner-city suburb of East Brisbane. Woolloongabba was incorrectly spelled on the map. The allotments were situated along Didsbury Street, Withington Street, Vulture Street (now Vulture Street East) and Stanley Street (now Stanley Street … Read more

Chelmer Railway Station Estate, Chelmer, 1914 (Map of the Week)

Chelmer Railway Station Estate, 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library

This real estate map from 1914 advertises land for sale at the Chelmer Railway Station Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Chelmer. The allotments were situated along Oxley Road, Appel Street, Plumridge Street, Crawford Street (now Crawford Road) and Chelmer Road (now Chelmer Street East). Extensive publicity for the Chelmer Railway Station Estate was published … Read more

Florence Chatfield Photograph Album

Recently digitised is a beautiful photograph album compiled by nurse, Florence Chatfield, who made a significant contribution to the nursing profession in Queensland during a long and distinguished career.  The album along with other items, including photographs, a cutting book, certificates and ephemera, was generously donated to the library by staff from the Diamantina Health … Read more

Remembering the Revolution

Protestors, Moratorium March Brisbane, 1970. Courtesy University of Queensland Library. Grahame Garner Collection F3400

In his compelling conversation with former fellow radical Di Zetlin – during which they explore the origins and direction of the protest movement that transformed a university campus  (and ultimately, Queensland politics and society) in the sixties and seventies – Dan O’Neill  goes to the essence of what makes these events such a peculiarly Queensland … Read more

Sherwood Junction Estate, [Corinda and Sherwood], 1883 (Map of the Week)

Sherwood Junction Estate, [Sherwood and Corinda], 1883. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1883 advertises land for sale at the Sherwood Junction Estate, now part of the Brisbane suburbs of Corinda and Sherwood. The allotments were situated along Hilda Street, Kathleen Street, Arthur Street (now Ruthven Street), Alfred Street (now Harrowby Street) and five unnamed roads (now Dewar Terrace, Quarry Road, Primrose Street, … Read more

Greek Day 1941

Julie Christofis selling buttons to a sailor Brisbane 1941. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 101795.

With the events of May 1941 still to befall Crete, on Wednesday 19 March 1941 Brisbane’s Greek community came together for ‘Greek Day’ – a day long fundraising event that raised funds for the Greek Relief appeal.  The highlight of the day was a parade through the streets of Brisbane.  Led by 40 Evzones (men … Read more