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An eye on the world : Windows and Window Hoods on the Queenslander House

Queenslander cottage in Windsor

Queenslander houses hold much fascination for historians, for home owners, for renovators and for those interested in architecture generally. Establishing when a Queenslander house was built is a challenging undertaking, using many clues such as roof or gable style, construction material, verandah styles, and windows and window hoods. Early Queensland houses were built with French … Read more

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

All Aboard for Healthy, Exhilarating Cleanliness! – The Sunday Bathers’ Train to Sandgate

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, in an age of emerging public health measures, a new phenomenon called the Bathers’ Train ran on Sundays to Sandgate.  Bathers’ trains were not just a Queensland invention and also operated in seaside locations near Sydney and Melbourne and Adelaide. Leaving Central Railway Station in Brisbane … Read more

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau – Information about the Pacific Islands at State Library of Queensland

South Sea Islanders, recruited for the Queensland canefields, being carried in boats to the Para Image number: 65320 John Oxley Library

Queensland and the Pacific Islands have much in common historically. The importation of Pacific Island labourers into Queensland has created strong bonds between Queensland and the islands. However, trade between the islands and Australia has also created a network of interrelationships as has our war time experiences. Do you want to read business records from … Read more