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 […]

Waltzing Matilda and the Swagman Inquest

The song ‘Waltzing Matilda’ has held a place in the hearts of Australians throughout the decades and across nations. Many people will know that the lyrics were penned by Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson in 1895 while staying with the Macphersons at Dagworth Station, near Winton, after hearing the story of their woolshed being burned during […]

Artists in Conversation Series: Shehab Uddin

Windmill of your mind: Stories inspired by Queensland’s oldest building is the latest exhibition by Queensland State Archives (QSA). The exhibition, showcasing the artwork of students from the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University, alongside treasures from the state’s archives, focuses on the Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane. The heritage-listed Old Windmill […]

Artists in Conversation Series: Damien O’Mara

Windmill of your mind: Stories inspired by Queensland’s oldest building is the latest exhibition by Queensland State Archives (QSA). The exhibition, showcasing the artwork of students from the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University, alongside treasures from the state’s archives, focuses on the Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane. The heritage-listed Old Windmill […]

Artists in Conversation Series: Dominique Chen

Windmill of your mind: Stories inspired by Queensland’s oldest building is the latest exhibition by Queensland State Archives (QSA). The exhibition, showcasing the artwork of students from the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University, alongside treasures from the state’s archives, focuses on the Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane. The heritage-listed Old Windmill […]

Murder on Mt. Coot-Tha

Within the collection at QSA we have an array of secrets and treasures, from documents that shed light on the development of Queensland to mugshots of our more infamous citizens. In this blog, we wanted to share the story behind a colourful watercolour held in the QSA reps. A chromatic map of the iconic Mount […]

Artists in Conversation Series: Pamela See

Windmill of your mind: Stories inspired by Queensland’s oldest building is the latest exhibition by Queensland State Archives (QSA). The exhibition, showcasing the artwork of students from the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University, alongside treasures from the state’s archives, focuses on the Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane. The heritage-listed Old Windmill […]

Artists in Conversation Series: Nicola Hooper

Windmill of your mind: Stories inspired by Queensland’s oldest building is the latest exhibition by Queensland State Archives (QSA). The exhibition, showcasing the artwork of students from the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University, alongside treasures from the state’s archives, focuses on the Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane. The heritage-listed Old Windmill […]