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The emergence of Flats and Apartments in Brisbane – Demoralising or Civilizing; Sophisticated or simply a practical necessity.

Block of flats

Who ever thought that the style of your living accommodation could be considered immoral and not in the interests of the common good? Flats or apartments became fashionable in the 1920s and 1930s. They were considered a new stylish way of living, which allowed the inhabitants to be close to the inner city and its … Read more

Tracing the Bridgeman family – anywhere but in Bridgeman Downs

Advertisement from Brisbane Courier newspaper in 1864

Recently, some research questions came through to State Library of Queensland’s Ask Us service, asking about Henry St John Bridgeman, an Irish migrant, after whom the northern Brisbane suburb of Bridgeman Downs was named. What did the research staff find out? Starting at the Immigration Indexes, available through the Queensland State Archives (QSA) website, showed that … Read more

Queenslanders in Conversation wrap-up: Paradise lost or Found?

Queenslanders in Conversations panel members

“So much flux, so much hybridity…” – future researcher and QiC panellist Dr Marcus Bussey “A show of hands if you remember telephone party-lines?” asks Kelly Higgins-Devine from ABC Radio Brisbane. “Plug-in cord switch-boards? … how about a world without mobile phones?” As hands go up there are nods and smiles in the audience, and … Read more

Bring your imagination – we’ll provide the paints and pencils

Examples of illustration from Brisbane Illustrators Group

You are invited to come and draw with the Brisbane Illustrators Group at State Library’s Fun Palace this Saturday. Paint, pencils and textas will be provided. Just bring your imagination! We have created an activity challenging kids to create a Fun Palace character then draw them into scenes created by our members – just like a page … Read more