Tragedy at Wickham Terrace

On 1 December 1955 Karl Kast, equipped with ‘a revolver, more than 100 rounds of .38 calibre ammunition, a box of detonators and a satchel of home-made piping bombs’ murdered two prominent doctors at their practices on Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. Another doctor was injured and a local horse trainer had two fingers blown off as […]


Biography of an archive

Many of the sites and buildings that have housed Queensland government records have an important connection to the history of Brisbane.  Many buildings are heritage listed and  we have records about them in our collection. The Queensland State Archives building, along with some related sites it has been associated with in the past are open […]


Murphy’s Creek Railway Accident

On the morning of January 28, 1913 a livestock train departed from Toowoomba and derailed near the Murphy’s Creek railway station, about one mile from the station yard limits. No members of the crew were injured, but many hundreds of cattle were killed and a considerable amount of damage was caused to the vehicles and […]


Henry Jordan and the Tides of Immigration 1865-1890

A researcher’s account by Dr Hugo Ree, PhD. FRCP I am a retired physician with experience in the field of tropical medicine. I came to Queensland with my family in 1987 to take over the post of government leprologist on the retirement of Dr Douglas Russell. I first came to the Queensland State Archives some […]


Who Were the Midnight Runners?

Within our collection is this striking photograph of the opening of the Blackall train line taken in 1908. The photographer, along with gathered dignitaries, a brass band, and hardy spectators braved an onslaught of treacherous mud and cantankerous rain. As reported in The Queenslander on the 23 May 1908: “The special train left Rockhampton last […]


Clement Lindley Wragge and Queensland meteorology

On 28 June ABCNews 24 ran an item on Clement Lindley Wragge, an English born meteorologist who was commissioned in 1886 by the Queensland Government to write a report on the development of a meteorological organisation in Queensland. Within its collection, Queensland State Archives holds a large 1903 report written by Clement Wragge regarding the Stiger […]