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The Great Sale of Hermit Park, Townsville, 1884 (Map of the Week)

Hermit Park the great sale, Townsville, 1884. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1884 advertises 191 allotments of land for sale at Hermit Park in Townsville. The allotments were situated along Charters Towers Road, Armstrong Street, Ackers Street, Ahearne … Read more

Panoramic Queensland

Panoramic photographs are among the most powerful and evocative of historical images, their broad sweep enabling people to connect with the past and to easily identify the changes in their surrounding environment.  State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of panoramas from all corners of the State, spanning over 140 years. A selection of … Read more

Municipality of Townsville – 150th anniversary

Panoramic view of Townsville's North Shore ca. 1890. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image API-057-01-0007

On February 15, 1866, Townsville was declared a municipality by Queensland Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen, with a proclamation published in the Queensland Government Gazette on March 10, 1866. In November the previous year, 195 householders and landholders of Townsville petitioned the Queensland Government, requesting Townsville to be made a municipality – “The Petitioners state that … Read more

Celebrating Queensland teachers – Fanny Wilkinson

Fanny Wilkinson. Image published in The Capricornian, 2 January 1926

While October 5 is annually recognised internationally as World Teachers’ Day, Queenslanders celebrate this day on the last Friday of October, due to conflicts with school holidays. Nearly everyone has a fond memory of a special teacher who inspired them during their school days. One SLQ collection item shows the appreciation felt by a teacher’s pupils, … Read more

70th anniversary of the bombing of Townsville during World War II

Headlines reporting the 1st bombing of Townsville during World War Two. Published in the Townsville Bulletin on 27 July 1942

When we think of Japanese air-raids on Australia during World War II we immediately think of the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942, when 242 Japanese aircraft bombed the town killing at least 243 people. It was the first and largest single attack against Australia and 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of this tragedy. However many may not realise that the … Read more

Beating Heart: exploring the role of the main street in the life of a regional Queensland city.

Guest speaker Trisha Fielding and Louise Denoon, Manager Queensland Memory at Beating Heart , Out of the Port

This month’s well attended Out of the Port session was Beating Heart: exploring the role of the main street in the life of a regional Queensland city. Flinders Street occupies a significant place in the hearts and minds of the people of Townsville. It has been the hub of public celebrations, social struggles, conflict, commerce, war … Read more