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125th anniversary of the Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party

Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party, 9 Sep 1892, OM69-18/16 - Papers of Charles Seymour. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party, dated 9 September 1892, can be regarded as one of the formative documents of the present day Australian Labor Party. The Manifesto was written at a time of political and social upheaval in Queensland, with the Labor movement looking for alternatives to industrial action to progress its aims. It provides a … Read more

Barcaldine fire, 1909

Devastation caused by a fire in Barcaldine Queensland, August 1909. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 46712

About 3.30am on August 10, 1909, a train cleaner saw flames coming from Joseph Dias’ store in Oak St in Barcaldine, between Emerald and Longreach in Central Queensland. Within minutes the fire quickly took hold and spread to an adjoining saddler’s shop. The alarm was quickly raised – “the train alarm whistle, scour whistle, and … Read more