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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

Chinese Merchants trading with storekeepers Brennan & Geraghty

The original Brennan and Geraghty store in Lennox Street, Maryborough. Photo courtesy of Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society Inc.

Guest Blog – Presentation by Ken Brooks for Maryborough Library Local History Talk Brennan & Geraghty’s Store in Maryborough is owned by National Trust Queensland (1975) and is operated as a museum about itself and its place in the community of Maryborough. Established in 1871 by brothers-in-law Patrick Brennan and Martin Geraghty, the store remained … Read more

Early racing history in the Brisbane River Valley

Guest Blogger: Elizabeth DeLacy, Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails. The pioneers of the Brisbane River Valley were renowned horsemen. Articles uncovered in the Moreton Bay Courier and Sydney Morning Herald reveal interesting facts about local identities and settlement in the district. Colin Mackenzie of Kilcoy Station was a steward at the first meeting of the Moreton … Read more