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Telling Queensland Stories

Since 2008, State Library of Queensland has been recording short videos featuring the stories of Queenslanders from a wide range of backgrounds. Here are some recent examples of digital stories made available to view via our One Search catalogue and Youtube. Queenland Railways and Significant Resources In this 12 minute video renowned Queensland historian Gregory … Read more

Destruction of the Indooroopilly Railway Bridge – 1893 Brisbane Flood

Indooroopilly Railway Bridge after being badly damaged by floodwaters 1893. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 201198

One of the causalities of the devastating Great Flood of 1893 was the Indooroopilly Railway Bridge (Albert Bridge) on February 5. The Brisbane Courier newspaper provided a detailed account of the bridge’s demise during that day. “[A]bout a quarter to six o’clock yesterday morning…there was a great crash and a roar like thunder, and one … Read more

The Central Station Cafe

Recently digitised at the State Library of Queensland is this colourful lantern slide advertising the Central Station Café. The item, slightly damaged, was identified in a small collection among the library’s thousands of glass plates and lantern slides. With its bright colours, spectacular fonts and 1920s charm, it was crying out for the broader circulation … Read more

Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914

ABT Rack Engine, Mount Morgan Branch. From Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In February 1914, the Queensland Government Printer published a 112-page booklet to mark the 50th anniversary of railways in Queensland. Entitled Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914, the booklet provides a detailed history on the establishment of Queensland’s railways and its administration. At the time of its release Queensland railways : first half-century, 1864-1914 was mentioned in … Read more