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State Library of Queensland visit to the Brisbane Synagogue

In December 2019, State Library of Queensland staff from three areas (Queensland Memory, Preservation Services and Information Services) visited the Brisbane Synagogue at the invitation of the irrepressible Dr Michael Briner. The Brisbane Synagogue is the second oldest synagogue on mainland Australia (built in 1886), with the oldest established in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1861.  The … Read more

Aboriginal Placenames of South-East Queensland.

Aboriginal placenames generate a lot of discussion regarding meanings, translations, etc. – in fact, over the course of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, State Library has received a steady flow of requests asking for meanings or origins of placenames across South-East Queensland. In response, State Library has developed a new Resource Guide for Aboriginal … Read more

Banging the Drumstick: The creative and cultural legacy of the women and migrant workers inside the Peters Ice Cream Factory.

Guest blogger: Tricia King – 2019 Place Making Fellow. Many of us have enjoyed the taste and experience of savoring a Peters Drumstick, a Choc Wedge or have plunged a spoon into a 2L tub of Neapolitan ice cream but few might give thought to the workers who created, designed, manufactured, packed and shipped these … Read more

Atlas Café, Brisbane

The Atlas Café, located at Atlas Chambers, 27 Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD, was operated by Greek migrant George Sklavos, starting some time during the mid-1920s. Sklavos is first listed as the proprietor of the Atlas Cafe in the 1927-1928 edition of the Queensland Post Office Directory. Previously, Sklavos had operated the American Bar in … Read more

Brisbane Arcade

Brisbane Arcade walkway

The Brisbane Arcade is celebrating 95 years as Brisbane’s oldest and grandest shopping arcade, from 1924-2019. In celebration Brisbane Arcade presented the Spring Flower Show “Jewel in the Crown” between Saturday 31 August to Friday 6 September 2019, which included a lovely assortment of flowers from Redlands, Victoria, New South Wales and further afield from … Read more

American Bar, Brisbane

Situated at 276-278 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, the American Bar was operated by George Sklavos between 1911 and ca.1929. George Sklavos was born in the Kytherian village of Mitata in Greece in 1882. He travelled to Australia in 1900, working in New South Wales before moving to Queensland and establishing the American Bar, one of … Read more