Tag Archives: Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses Back

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