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Centaur Memorial Fund For Nurses Records – Digitised @SLQ

Lynn Meyers (Specialist Librarian, Queensland Memory) and Madonna Grehan (John Oxley Library Fellow 2015) explain how focused research has opened up a substantial and significant collection of original materials at SLQ. Readers of the John Oxley Library blog will be excited to know that selected items from the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses Records (Accession … Read more

Centaur House, Queen St, Brisbane: A Memorial Edifice to Queensland’s Nurses in two World Wars

Centaur House pamphlet. From OMEG Centaur House Records. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Dr Madonna Grehan – 2015 John Oxley Library Fellow. Exton House was a four-storey, decorative brick and concrete building with a basement, on a 34.3 perch block at 337-339 Queen Street, Brisbane, with Eagle Lane at the rear. Constructed in 1919, it was designed by Lange Leopold Powell for R.S. Exton & Company, … Read more

Centaur House, Mt Gravatt 1949: almost the first raffle of real estate in Queensland

Centaur House, Logan Road, Mt Gravatt, 1950. From OMEG Centaur House Records 1948-1979. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Library Fellow. After buying Exton House at 337 Queen Street Brisbane, the Centaur Memorial Fund needed £15,000 for renovations. In early 1949, they devised a raffle, ‘the first of its kind in Queensland’,¹ in which the main prize was a house and land package in the Chester … Read more

Fiesta Gardens 1948 – a touch of Hollywood at Slacks Creek

Fiesta Gardens’ main entrance. From OMEG Centaur House Records 1948-1979. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In this entry for the Centaur Memorial Fund Series, Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Library Fellow and Dr Hilda Maclean, Logan City Council Libraries Local Heritage Specialist, re-discover a post-WWII entertainment venue. Fiesta Gardens at Slacks Creek opened on Saturday 12 June 1948. Described as a colourful new resort with ‘quite a Hollywood touch’,1 … Read more

At the Brisbane Ekka, 1950-1977 – the Centaur Memorial Fund’s money spinner

Extract from the Brisbane Telegraph, 3 September 1949, in Scrapbook OMEG 19_1, Centaur Fund Records, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In this Ekka week, Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Fellow, revisits a relic of Sideshow Alley. Over the years, at Brisbane’s Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association’s Exhibition (RNA, the Ekka) the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses operated a Chocolate Wheel, like the one pictured here at the Southport Show in September 1949. In … Read more

How to crown a Queen

Toowoomba Floral Festival girls from Centaur Floral Festival - Mardi Gras souvenir program

In this episode of “The Centaur Fund Series”, Madonna Grehan, guest blogger and John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015, sheds light on Toowoomba’s first Queen of the Carnival of Flowers. On Saturday evening 28 October 1950, a reported crowd of 40,000 people assembled at the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Streets, eagerly anticipating the crowning … Read more

Queen of the Nurses Quest

Queen of the Nurses Quest winners

Guest blogger, Madonna Grehan, John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015. The Centaur Fund Series highlights Queenslanders’ special acknowledgement of the nursing profession, in the years after World War II. In 1948, the main fundraiser for Queensland’s Centaur Memorial Fund was a “Queen of the Nurses’ Quest”. The idea was for hospitals and health centres to … Read more

Centaur Day, 14 May, and Red Roses for Remembrance

Nurses selling red paper roses for remembrance for Centaur Day, Ipswich, 1949

Guest blogger, Madonna Grehan, John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015. The Centaur Fund Series highlights Queenslanders’ special acknowledgement of the nursing profession, in the years after World War II. The Centaur Memorial Fund (the Fund) was a public subscription campaign, begun in February 1948, to recognise ‘the splendid services rendered by our Nurses in World … Read more