Longest Basketball Game

Twenty-four high school students from Thursday Island set a world record on Saturday 6 May 1972 for the longest non-stop game of basketball played on an outdoor court. This herculean effort of 110 hours and five minutes broke the previous record by three hours, five minutes. Played at the Wongai Courts, the marathon, as it […]

Escape from St Helena Island

Sitting isolated, surrounded by the dangers of Moreton Bay, St Helena Island Penal Establishment was a fortified prison. Despite this, numerous prisoners still attempted to escape.    One of the greatest escape attempts lasted 11 days and was carried out by two prisoners: Henry Craig and David McIntyre. The response to their escape was unprecedented, […]

The Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company woollen mill being listed on the Queensland Heritage Register because of its significance in the history of manufacturing in Queensland. When asked “are you aware of any circumstances … which would render it expedient to place the ship and people in quarantine?” the Health […]

Masonic Records in the Archives

My Dad was a Freemason, just like his dad and his dad before that. Back we go through the generations and various Lodge records held in Queensland, New South Wales, Ireland and Scotland that document the membership of my forebears for more than 150 years in this unique society once considered a Secret Society. Times […]

Part 2: How some land records are arranged and described

Land Selection & Pastoral Leases Lease Records – Series 14033 (LAN/AG) and 14050 (LAN/DF) at Queensland State Archives This series of land blogs was developed from research done by historian Ruth Kerr When one describes land selection as being under the LAN/AG and LAN/DF series one is referring to a multiplicity of different types of […]

A Gem in the collection – Royal Irish Constabulary

One of the many enjoyable activities of an archivist is finding gems in the collection such as rare photos, personal mementos or evidence of private memberships and professional associations. For us, serendipity unearthed this gem! It’s an original certificate for Constable William Murphy who was formerly a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and […]

Pigeons catch the train home

At the end of World War II, repatriating and demobilising the Australian military was a huge and challenging logistical task. There was a large variety of military equipment needing to be shifted, including 530 army pigeons that needed to be returned from Canungra, Queensland,  to their original civilian owners in New South Wales, Victoria or […]

Save our koala – in 1927!

Today we take it for granted that our unique wildlife is not hunted and many people are working hard to save endangered species such as the iconic koala. However, in 1927, there was debate about the number of koalas in the wild and whether an ‘open season’ would be appropriate. Queensland State Archives’ (QSA) holds […]

1987’s Cabinet minutes reveal pivotal year for Queensland

The release of the 1987 Queensland Cabinet Minutes this week by QSA, reveal a landmark year for Queensland politics which saw strained relations with Bob Hawke’s federal government, the start of the Fitzgerald Inquiry and the resignation of long-serving premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. The Cabinet minutes show  the enormous workload of the Cabinet which often […]