Policing the Beatles

Copenhagan [has been rendered] … a city of turmoil … and the same exciting scenes recurred in Amsterdam. Beatlemania is coming … So watch out Australia. The Courier-Mail, 8 June 1964 Beatlemania was in full swing in 1964 and the spectacle was coming to Queensland. While the thought of the Fab Four visiting Brisbane was […]

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 […]

Yungaba Immigration Centre

If the walls of the Yungaba Immigration Centre (Digital Image ID 1588) could talk, there would be many stories to tell; stories of happiness, hope, and new beginnings; but also some of sadness, suffering, and loss. Since its erection in 1887, alongside the Brisbane River in Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Yungaba has fulfilled a number […]

‘A Palace for His Excellency’: Queensland’s Government Houses

In preparation for the arrival of Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen and his family, in early December 1859, the Clerk of Works for Moreton Bay District, Charles Tiffin, selected, leased, ‘repaired, painted and furnished’ one of Brisbane’s finest homes, ‘Adelaide House’, to serve as Queensland’s first Government House.[1] Although ‘Adelaide House’ was a […]

“Hail! strangers, hail’: Scots in Queensland

Hail! strangers, hail! right welcome to our shore, We wish you joy, – Eden could yield no more…                     — “Frederick”, 12 February 1849 By the time the Moreton Bay Courier welcomed Reverend John Dunmore Lang’s Fortitude, the Scots already had a toehold here. Despite relatively small numbers (compared with the English, Irish and, increasingly, […]

The History of Queensland’s Parliament

Queensland Parliament has undergone changes in both its location and its structural composition. It has, however, consistently represented the interests of a diverse group of people and a geographically large terrain. Queensland Parliament met for the first time on 22 May 1860 and was declared officially open seven days later on 29 May. The initial […]