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‘It was their baby’: Land ballots and the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme

Hatched areas show the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Basin Development Scheme (Queensland Land Administration Commission Fitzroy Basin (1979). The brigalow scheme in Central Queensland 1962-1978. Brisbane, Land Administration Commission Department)(©State of Queensland, 1979 CC-BY 4.0).

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. The Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme, or the Brigalow scheme as its known, is among the largest land development schemes undertaken by the Queensland government. The scheme was comprised of Crown land resumed from existing lessees which was sold or balloted, portions returned to those … Read more

Land ballots in Queensland

Mr R.C.J. Sallows (Chairman of the Committee of Review) and Mr E.C.J Muir (Chief Commissioner for Lands) at first (Fitzroy Development Brigalow Scheme) ballot, 19 April 1963. From 31287, Department of Lands Brigalow Development Scheme photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. Over almost 100 years1, thousands of Queenslanders won millions of hectares of agricultural land by ballot. This resulted from long standing national and state policies encouraging the more intensive use of agricultural land to increase food production2. In the 1950s more than half of the … Read more

Defence Force Bands and the Development of Jazz in Queensland

2nd Battalion 26th Infantry Band at the Enoggera army barracks on Armistice Day Queensland 1918

Guest Blogger – Dr Lauren Istvandity, 2017 John Oxley Library Fellow. What do the defence forces and our local jazz scene have in common? Musicians, of course! In decades past, Australian Defence Force bands have played a key role in sustaining the jazz scene in Queensland, while the locally-trained musicians upheld the Queensland-based bands which … 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

Queensland Jazz Memories – Protecting histories of pre-1970s jazz scenes

Billo Smith's Dance Band performing at the Trocadero dance hall, Brisbane, ca. 1943. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 2648

Guest blogger: Dr Lauren Istvandity –  2017 John Oxley Library Fellow. Queensland has long been known for producing quality musicians and supporting diverse music scenes, including those based in jazz. The significance of local jazz music history has been highlighted through the 2017 John Oxley Library Fellowship, which supports the project I’m currently undertaking titled … Read more