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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

Betty Mansion

Betty with her brother Richard and her doll ‘Cuddles.’ Photo supplied by Julie Hornibrook. Photo taken by The Telegraph 1937, held in collection of Julie Hornibrook

Guest blogger: Julie Hornibrook – 2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow Betty Mansion was a marvellous doll’s house built for eight year old Betty Hornibrook at Clontarf in 1935. This was the same year as the opening of the Hornibrook Highway, built by her father Manuel Hornibrook. Betty’s birthday was in May, perhaps … Read more

Queensland Events 1913

Commissariat Stores, William Street, Brisbane, taken during reconstruction and addition of a third floor in 1913. Queensland State Archives. Digital Image ID 3056

Guest blogger: Niles Elvery – Manager, Public Access, Queensland State Archives The Royal Historical Society of Queensland (RHSQ) is celebrating the centenary of its founding in 1913. Dedicated to preserving and promoting Queensland history, the RHSQ is housed in the Commissariat Store, on the banks of the Brisbane River. Coincidentally, 1913 is the year that the third … Read more