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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

The CCM Goes to War – The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd, 1915-18

Renault Machine Gun Carrier donated to the A.I.F. by the CCM. Published in Illustrated London News, 12 Dec 1914, p. 828

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. About fifty per cent of the CCM’s workforce of approximately 120 volunteered for service … Read more

Discovering Scouting’s past – bravo and thank you to State Library

Cover of Queensland Scouter magazine, January 1965

Guest blogger: David Teufel, Branch Commissioner – Heritage, The Scout Association of Australia, Queensland Branch Inc. With the first Scout troops starting in Queensland in 1908, Scouting has been part of many communities across the State for over a century.  Many thousands of young people and adults have enjoyed and benefited from their Scouting experience. … Read more

Land ballots in Queensland

Mr R.C.J. Sallows (Chairman of the Committee of Review) and Mr E.C.J Muir (Chief Commissioner for Lands) at first (Fitzroy Development Brigalow Scheme) ballot, 19 April 1963. From 31287, Department of Lands Brigalow Development Scheme photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. Over almost 100 years1, thousands of Queenslanders won millions of hectares of agricultural land by ballot. This resulted from long standing national and state policies encouraging the more intensive use of agricultural land to increase food production2. In the 1950s more than half of the … Read more

Motorising Queensland – Introducing the Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd

 Dodwell and the CCM Building in EJT Barton (ed), Jubilee History of Queensland, Diddams, Brisbane 1909 p302

Guest blogger: Dr Hilary Davies, 2018 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow. Between 1905 and 1929, the Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd (CCM) put Queenslanders on the road in a wide variety of motor vehicles. Owned by Queensland investors and headquartered in Brisbane, the CCM had branches in Rockhampton, Townsville and Lismore, … Read more

Defence Force Bands and the Development of Jazz in Queensland

2nd Battalion 26th Infantry Band at the Enoggera army barracks on Armistice Day Queensland 1918

Guest Blogger – Dr Lauren Istvandity, 2017 John Oxley Library Fellow. What do the defence forces and our local jazz scene have in common? Musicians, of course! In decades past, Australian Defence Force bands have played a key role in sustaining the jazz scene in Queensland, while the locally-trained musicians upheld the Queensland-based bands which … Read more