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St Leonard’s Estate, Coorparoo, 1888 (Map of the Week)

St. Leonard's Estate, Coorparoo, 1888. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This real estate map from 1888 advertises 82 allotments of land for sale at the St Leonard’s Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo. The allotments were situated along Morley Street, Churchill Street, Gladstone Street, Ripon Street, Salisbury Street and a government road (now Castlemaine Street and St Leonards Street). Prior to the sale extensive … Read more

In their own words – Stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Lila Pigliafiori-Baker, 2009. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Because of Her, We Can! is the theme of NAIDOC Week 2018, celebrating the significant role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in our communities.  Keep reading to learn about some of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have recorded aspects of their life experiences as oral histories and digital stories. 28428 … Read more

Kingsford Smith and the first trans-Pacific flight, 1928

People lined up along a Brisbane street to see Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, 1928. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 135100

On June 9, 1928, a massive crowd gathered at Eagle Farm Aerodrome to welcome and congratulate Brisbane born aviator Charles Kingsford Smith along with fellow Australian pilot Charles Ulm and two Americans, radio operator James Warner and navigator Harry Lyon, after completing the first trans-Pacific flight in their three-engined Fokker plane, the Southern Cross. Kingsford Smith … Read more