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There’s only one Surfers Paradise : playground of the Pacific, Queensland, Australia (1950s tourism)

There's only one Surfers Paradise : playground of the Pacific, Queensland, Australia. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of historical tourism ephemera from across the state. This small promotional booklet entitled There’s only one Surfers Paradise : playground of the Pacific, Queensland, Australia was recently digitised and made available for online access. Published sometime during the 1950s, There’s only one Surfers Paradise was designed and produced … Read more

Glimpses of Sunny Queensland, 1914

Front cover - Glimpses of Sunny Queensland, 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

On April 3, 1914, Brisbane’s Telegraph newspaper promoted the arrival of the Queensland Government Intelligence and Tourist Bureau’s latest pictorial publication. “Glimpses of Sunny Queensland is a capitally got up picture album, issued by the Queensland Government Intelligence Bureau. It contains 72 pages, the photographs used in the production numbering 86. The pictures represent scenes … 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 Toowoomba

Horses and carriages in Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Undated. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 4831-0005-0021

Today’s tour of turn-of-the-20th-century Toowoomba is brought to you by digitised postcards from our collection, while the commentary is provided by Darling Downs, Queensland, the garden of Australia, a book produced by the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau in 1908. So make yourself comfortable and get ready to discover “the garden of Australia”. Let the tour … 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

90th anniversary – O’Reilly’s Guest House

Bernard O'Reilly in the garden. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 31115

O’Reilly’s Guest House (now known as O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat) in Lamington National Park opened for business Easter 1926. In 1911, eight men of the O’Reilly family from the Blue Mountains district selected 100 acres of land to create a diary farm. In 1915 Lamington National Park was proclaimed, preventing further development in the area, and leaving the O’Reilly’s … Read more

Join the Queue for Queensland: Tourism posters in Queensland State Archives’ collection

An Island Jewel in a Coral Sea, for Sunny Carefree Holidays, Lovely Lindeman, Big Game Fishing Within the Great Barrier Reef. Painted design featuring beach side scene, c 1939. Queensland State Archives. Digital Image ID 22130

Guest blogger: Niles Elvery – Manager, Public Access, Queensland State Archives You might have already seen the blog post from State Library of Queensland sharing the details of digitised heritage tourism booklets from regions across Queensland. This has prompted us to think about records in our collection on tourism in Queensland. As well as many … Read more