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125th anniversary of the Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party

Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party, 9 Sep 1892, OM69-18/16 - Papers of Charles Seymour. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party, dated 9 September 1892, can be regarded as one of the formative documents of the present day Australian Labor Party. The Manifesto was written at a time of political and social upheaval in Queensland, with the Labor movement looking for alternatives to industrial action to progress its aims. It provides a … Read more

Digitised @ SLQ – Queensland’s fabulous Gold Coast : “the playground of Australia”

Queensland's fabulous Gold Coast : "the playground of Australia". 1950s. (copyright undetermined). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland recently digitised Queensland’s fabulous Gold Coast : “the playground of Australia”, a tourism brochure from the 1950s . Produced by Studio Warner in Surfers Paradise and issued by the Gold Coast City Council, this colourful brochure features photographs of a number of Gold Coast tourist destinations including Currumbin Beach, Miami Beach, … Read more

Wish you were here – Vintage postcards of Brisbane

Collage of images around Brisbane ca. 1907. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 194876

Today’s tour of turn-of-the-20th-century Brisbane is brought to you by digitised postcards from our collection, while the commentary is provided by this tourist guide, produced by the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau from the same period. So make yourself comfortable and get ready to discover this great city. Let the tour commence…. “Brisbane, the capital of … Read more

Brisbane From The Air: Illustrated (1919)

Brisbane From The Air, 1919. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In September 1919, The Queenslander newspaper published a series of aerial photographs of Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs under the title, Brisbane By Air. The photographs were taken by the newspaper’s photographer, Frederick William Thiel and were promoted as the first photographs taken of Brisbane from an aeroplane. The Queenslander had approached the chief organiser of the … Read more