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QANTAS’ first logbook

Managing Director of Qantas Mr. Hudson Fysh. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 155947

Qantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited) was formally established on November 16, 1920, when papers were signed at the Gresham Hotel in Brisbane. The company was initially based in Winton. Qantas was formed by two former Australian Flying Corps officers, W Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness. State Library of Queensland is fortunate to … Read more

In the summer, when it sizzles – 1940 Queensland heatwave

From the front page of the Brisbane Telegraph newspaper, 25 January 1940

In late January 1940 central and southern Queensland sweltered under an oppressive heatwave, which saw maximum temperatures exceed 46°C, including Winton 47.2°C, Longreach 47.2°C, Eulo 46.7°C and Roma 46.7°C. Brisbane suffered through 9 consecutive days of heat, reaching a record temperature on Australia Day of 43.2°C. On that day it was recorded that 43 people … Read more