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Research Reveals event draws new fans of the John Oxley library collection 

The 2018 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame fellowship recipient, Dr Hilary Davies researched the Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd (CCMA), a leading company in Queensland’s cycling and early motor industry, between 1905 and 1930. The progressive company was owned by Queensland investors and headquartered in Brisbane. CCMA primarily sold motor vehicles and … Read more

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 CCM Goes to War – The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd, 1914-18

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

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

Views of Maryborough, 1896

Views of Maryborough, 1896. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

On March 7, 1896, the Maryborough Chronicle newspaper issued a supplement in the form of an illustrated poster. The Maryborough Chronicle reported – “This issue contains an extra supplement in the form of a large coloured sheet, very creditably got up, containing views of Maryborough, together with all the principal public buildings, factories, and mills, … Read more

Diving into the History of Queensland’s Pearl Shelling Industry – The first Pearling trade in Australia

Northern Territory shellfish. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Amery

Guest blogger: Toni Massey – 2017 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow Australia’s pearling industry began long before European settlement where pearl shell was used extensively in trade throughout Australia. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that Aboriginal Australians were some of the first people that valued and appreciated the beauty and uniqueness of the pearl shell. … Read more