The Chemical Formulary

M.C. Ellwoods Chemist and Druggist premises, Sandgate Road, Albion about 1925. State Library of Queensland.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the wide array of products and chemical concoctions we use at home and work every day, you will be fascinated by The Chemical Formulary – an amazing collection of formulas for producing domestic and industrial products. The Chemical Formulary’s title page describes it as “a condensed collection of … Read more

“You couldn’t have a full-blooded Chinese or aborigine teaching” 1949

The Courier Mail, 16 February 1949.

At the beginning of 1949, a 17 year old student challenged the Department of Public Instruction in a way that illuminated public attitudes and initiated controversy, expressed in the country’s newspapers from Brisbane to Broken Hill and from Townsville to Tasmania. In January 1949, the Department of Public Instruction awarded John Hinton Quinlem, a student … Read more

Lady Cilento

Lady Phyllis Cilento, 1918. State Library of Queensland.

The opening of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane on 29 November gives us reason to look at the extraordinary life and achievements of this great lady. Phyllis Dorothy McGlew was born in Sydney on 13 March 1894. When she was young, her family moved to Adelaide, where she studied medicine, graduating in … Read more

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day logo

14 November is World Diabetes Day (WDD), raising global awareness of this growing health threat, its treatment and prevention. Frederick Banting and Charles Best conceived the idea that led to the discovery of insulin in 1921, and WDD is celebrated annually on 14 November, which marks Frederick Banting’s birthday. WDD is an official United Nations … Read more