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Glass-eating escapologist visits Queensland (1928)

Cartoon of Sidney Dan. Published in Brisbane's Daily Standard newspaper, May 3, 1928

Warning – Do not attempt this at home! In 1928 English escapologist and entertainer Sidney Dan, promoted as “The World’s fastest escapologist and nature’s greatest freak”, was wooing audiences as he toured Australian theatres. In May, he appeared at the Wintergarden Theatre in Rockhampton. Audiences were thrilled watching Sidney Dan escape from a straitjacket and … Read more

The Queenslander – 150th anniversary

Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, October 27, 1927. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of The Queenslander, a weekly newspaper much loved by researchers and family historians. The Queenslander was first published on February 3, 1866 by newspaper proprietor Thomas Blacket Stephens, who also owned the Brisbane Courier (which later evolved into The Courier-Mail). The Queenslander contained a compendium of the week’s news from … Read more