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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

125th anniversary – J.Michelmore and Co., Mackay

Taken from J. Michelmore & Co. Pty. Ltd. : 75th anniversary, 1891 -1966. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, John Alfred Michelmore, with backing from William Thomas Bagley and Edmund Dimmock created the longstanding wholesale merchants business, J.Michelmore and Co. Pty Ltd. The fledging Mackay business soon developed into a major company with over 350 employees, 16 warehouses and 4 hotels by the time of their 75th anniversary … Read more

The House of Winston Blaker : business front and centre in a 1947 novel

Trams and other vehicles on East Street, Rockhampton, 1923, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 167977

Last month State Library hosted a fascinating symposium on Navigating our business history. ¬†Generally sources for discovering the histories of commercial enterprises consist of official histories commissioned by businesses to commemorate significant anniversaries or dry collections of papers that no doubt contain much useful and interesting information but can only hint at the personal stories … Read more