How the koala became Queensland’s faunal emblem

Feature image caption: HRH The Duchess of Kent with a koala at Expo 88, Brisbane. Queensland State Archives Item ID 1460293. The koala is an Australian icon. So, when Australian states came to choose their animal emblems in the late 1960s, the fight was on. Two states in particular were prepared to take it to […]

The precedent of the pandemic

The quarantine camp at Wallangarra, c. 1919. From QSA Item ID18186. For the second time restrictions have been placed on Queenslanders to curtail the spread of a virus. The first time was just after the First World War, when the influenza pandemic, or Spanish flu, spread to Queensland. The influenza pandemic killed more than 12,000 […]

100 years of Ubobo: remembering a soldier settlement

Original Soldier Settlement House, painted by Anne Huth Nestled in the heart of the Boyne Valley, just an hour’s drive south from the Central Queensland city of Gladstone, sits the township of Ubobo. Sustained by its farming, sawmilling and tourism industries, the area offers an insight into an interesting chapter of Australian history – the […]

Walter Russell Hall and William Knox D'Arcy (image sourced from Wikimedia Commons]

How BP nearly never existed

BP is the world’s fifth-largest oil company, turning over $303.7B in 2018 and producing 4.1 million barrels of oil per day. One of the petrochemical industry’s ‘supermajors’, BP was once perilously close to never existing at all. The story has its beginnings in the small Central Queensland town of Mount Morgan, just South of Rockhampton […]

The Mountain Flora Project – a guest blog by donna davis

by donna davis, July 2019, Creative in Residence at Queensland State Archives. I am very excited to be undertaking a position as Creative in Residence (CiR) at the Queensland State Archives (QSA). I started in May and have so far had the opportunity to undertake research, visit conservation labs, meet with specialist archivists and see […]

Thomas Baines

Finding teacher…

Welcome to Stories from the Archive’s guest blog! This guest blog is by Lorraine Digney of the Genealogical Society of Queensland. Lorraine will be taking you through the journey of a personal discovery in the Queensland State Archives. As a new user to the Archives, Lorraine talks of the trials, tribulations, and revelations of exploring […]

Where are they …? – Queensland land surveys

Finding a home for more than 250, 000 archival records sounds daunting, doesn’t it? This was the task at hand when the Land Centre on Vulture St at Woolloongabba closed. Never known to balk at a challenge, the Queensland State Archives’ transfers team worked diligently through 2017 and 2018 to get these records safely stored […]

“He was a fine boy”

The following transcript is of a letter written by Michael Arbuthnot Fraser on the 12th November 1916. “Dear Mr Sigley Tell Mrs S I got her first letter & the last one & I don’t know how I can thank her for her thoughtfulness in having my clothes attended to for I am sure they […]