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Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Andrew Jacobsen – An Act of Bravery Acknowledged

The Nautilus at anchor, Brisbane River, 1887, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 65323

On 4 August 1888, the Torres Strait Pilot and New Guinea Gazette reported on the presentation of a medal to Andrew Jacobsen in acknowledgement of his bravery in saving a man from drowning.  Mr. Jacobsen was aboard the ship Nautilus, in August 1887, when a man named Jimmy Tait fell overboard and, being unable to swim, … Read more

Queensland Places – Somerset – George Elphinstone Dalrymple

George Elphinstone Dalrymple. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 14465

George Elphinstone Dalrymple, as one of the early Police Magistrates at Somerset, has a prominent place in early Queensland and Torres Strait history.  After emigrating to Australia in the mid-1850s, he was attracted to North Queensland, leading a number of journeys of exploration through the region, adding much to the accumulated knowledge of the region … Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – The naming of some of the main streets

Douglas Street, Thursday Island, ca. 1895, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 121656

The area now comprising the central area of Thursday Island was originally called Port Kennedy, in honour of the former Governor of Queensland, Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy.  However, over time, the name Thursday Island became more commonly used as the alternative to the name Port Kennedy. The first formal land survey, with the laying out … Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Doctor Joseph Leathom Wassell

Dr. Joseph Leathom Wassell Memorial, Thursday Island, State Library of Queensland. Neg 42736

The former Thursday Island Government Quarantine and Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Leathom Wassell was a well-respected and beloved member of the Thursday Island and Torres Strait communities, when he passed away in April 1915.  This is confirmed by the positive newspaper reports of the time as well as the construction of a memorial obelisk by … Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – European Businesses in the 1880s

Thursday Island, ca. 1895. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 67481

On Thursday Island during the last part of the nineteenth century, alongside those businesses operated by people representing a wide range of countries and backgrounds, particularly those of Chinese and Japanese descent, a range of European businesses operated. Many of these businesses advertised their goods and services in the Torres Strait Pilot and New Guinea … Read more

Queensland Places – Victoria Memorial Institute, Thursday Island

Victoria Memorial Institute Thursday Island, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The Victoria Memorial Institute building was an important part of the Thursday Island landscape for around ninety years, before being demolished in the early 1990s to make way for new council offices.  This photograph shows it as a well designed, impressive building with its name featured prominently over the front entrance.  It would, no doubt, … Read more