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Peace, Prosperity and Catastrophe – The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd 1919-29

Guest blogger: Dr Hilary Davies, 2018 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow. The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd (CCM) was a major company in Queensland between 1905 and 1929, primarily selling motorised vehicles, engines, bicycles and sporting goods. After a business slow-down during the First World War, the CCM sought to support … Read more

The 1941-42 journals of Mrs Ellen Humphreys, grazier of “Hutton Park”

6333 Ellen Humphreys Papers, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Guest blogger – Debbie Terranova – Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. Ellen Maria Humphreys owned and operated a cattle property called “Hutton Park”, situated in the central-west of Queensland near Injune. In 1941, she was a 63-year-old widow with six adult children, several grandchildren, an elderly mother, and a working dog called Tigar. Les, the youngest, … Read more

‘It was their baby’: Land ballots and the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme

Hatched areas show the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Basin Development Scheme (Queensland Land Administration Commission Fitzroy Basin (1979). The brigalow scheme in Central Queensland 1962-1978. Brisbane, Land Administration Commission Department)(©State of Queensland, 1979 CC-BY 4.0).

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. The Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme, or the Brigalow scheme as its known, is among the largest land development schemes undertaken by the Queensland government. The scheme was comprised of Crown land resumed from existing lessees which was sold or balloted, portions returned to those … Read more

Radio Days

Group of friends gathered around a radio in Brisbane, ca. 1942. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 102831

Guest blogger: Tony Brett Young. It’s difficult to emphasise the importance of radio in our young lives in pre-television days in the Queensland outback. In the early 1950s, Longreach had two radio stations, ABC Radio’s 4QL and the commercial station, 4LG which rather grandly called itself “The voice of the Golden West”. My active love … Read more

From Brisbane trainee nurse to U.S. war bride: the diary of Elvie Geissmann

1941 diary of Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann. State Library of Queensland collection. Image courtesy Debbie Terranova

Guest blogger: Debbie Terranova – QANZAC100 Fellow. In January 1941, the Brisbane General Hospital accepted twenty-year-old Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann as a trainee nurse and she moved into the nurses’ quarters1. There she began a personal diary in which she recorded the trials, hopes, and despairs of a young “British born”2 woman during World War Two. … Read more