Issue 9 Highlights
As we enter our third year of History Queensland, we took time out to determine whether this magazine is worthwhile from both a financial and social benefit. It wasn’t long before we worked out the financial benefit could be better. But the social benefit did take longer.
We have received many positive comments, but alas not so many negative ones which might have explained the slow take up. Sales from newsagents have been consistent for the last four issues. It is the subscriptions that disappoint as growth has slowed, particularly in schools. It would be great if our readers could give their local schools a nudge to buy a subscription for their library.
We will carry on for another year and then take stock. Thanks to all of you who are supporting the magazine.
In this issue
The Black Death in Brisbane.
A soldier to the Queen in the Boer War.
North Queensland State history.
Bush Legends – Red Jack
Another Queensland PM bites the dust
Issue 8 Highlights
In this issue I have reminded us all of the intrepid explorer Ludwig Leichardt. His disappearance is still one of Australia’s greatest mysteries.
Queensland’s “Paul Revere” warning of the floods.
The Buderim tramway and Rural Schools.
Issue 7 Highlights
We continue to receive compliments from readers about our new magazine. Thank you to everyone for reading our small magazine. We need you to spread the word to ensure this magazine becomes bigger and better.
This issue has an article of Captain Gary McKay who was wounded in Vietnam during a fire fight with the Viet Cong. A great read. It is now 38 years since the fall of Saigon and you would think that our government would have learnt something from that experience. Yet, we have again gone to war with the US in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This will get the recent wars/conflicts into perspective:
Killed in Action Australia US
Afghanistan 2001 - 40 2,091
Iraq 2003 – 09 2 4,486
Vietnam 1962 -75 521 58,282
The numbers from World War I and II just made me ill. We need to continually remind our children of the horific consequences of war in the hope they will be smarter than us.
Issue 6 Highlights
As we sit here on the coast we are experiencing more rain and flooding. Have we learnt anything from the past? This article looks at some of our floods over the last 100 odd years.
Dr Timothy Bottoms reminds us of past poor treatment of indigenous communities. Aboriginal Government Departments controlled the Aboriginals rather than assisted them. Their wages and savings were raped with taxes and fees. Author, Frank McCourt reminds us in his memoir, “Angela’s Ashes”, how a life of poverty and consistent reminders of low worth, breeds more children with low self esteem. Medical evidence today tells us that this type of negative nurturing actually changes our physical genes over times. Mental and physical oppression leads to physical changes to our genes.
Rockhampton had its own Florence Nightingale. The story of Annie Wheeler is remarkable.
Ispwich Grammar is turning 150 this year. Congratulations. Stay tuned for an upcoming book on the first Headmaster, Stuart Hawthorne.
Did you know the history of the Victoria Bridge which was Brisbane’s first linking the CBD to South Brisbane. Well it has fallen down a few times in the past.
And more articles.
- Issue 5 highlights
- Who did discover Queensland? A surprise landing in 1606 in North Queensland by _______?
- Horses, coaches and high teas on the Sunshine Coast – how long ago?
- Convict Mary Holland – how did these convicts endure?
- In 1861 The Moreton Bay Courier advise the mother country the facts about Queensland. What did they say?
Issue 4 Highlights
100 years ago John Flynnstarted his inland mission. This was a God-send for many Australians isolated by distance. But what has the $20 note, Qantas and outback children got in common.
What was the folk of Brisbane enjoying for entertainment 100 years ago. Ken Sbeghen looks at the entertainment in 1912.
Everyone has heard of prickly pear, but I am sure few know the real story.
Lex Fraser OAM talks about the Sinking of the Montevideo Maru.
In July 1912 Steele Rudd’s On Our Selection was playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Brisbane. We asked a Generation Y representative to give his thoughts on the books.
The Titanic stole Queenslander, Edith Haisman’s father. Edith went into a lifeboat at the age of 15 years as she waved to her father on board.
St Helena Island was Queensland’s “Alcatraz”. It was the notorious prison in Moreton Bay.It is difficult to believe the Hornet Bank Massacre. Human beings inhumanity to each other continues throughout the world and we Queenslanders have a similar history.
The Baker of Bamford may make you squirm or laugh.
Issue 2 Highlights
- The Invasion of the Darling Downs What Allan Cunningham thought to be his second ascension of Cunningham’s Gap on the 25th August 1827 may well have been his first.
- The Bombing of Darwin When the air groups of four Japanese carriers backed up by land-based bombers attacked Darwin on Thursday, 19 February 1942, it was the first time an enemy struck mainland Australia. A nuber of Queensland ships were in distress.
- Queensland State Archives How to research family history.
- From a Stroke of Luck to Heatstroke The engineering blacksmith Francis Horace Stubley arrived on the Charters Towers Goldfield in May 1872. He tried his luck mining…
- So, You Speak Swahili, Mr Creswell From his birth at Gibraltar in July 1852 to his death in a private hospital at Malvern in Melbourne, Victoria in April 1933, William Rooke Creswell lived a life that would have been the envy of many.
- Antarctic Exploration Centennial Celebrations for the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) bring into focus Australia’s early voyages to the frozen continent, revealing early Queensland links to intrepid polar pioneers that can be traced back to the first voyage of Lieutenant James Cook in the late 18th century.
- Issue 1 Highlights
- In our first issue, John Mackenzie-Smith explains how the 2/15 Battalion have been incorrectly portrayed in Australian military history for over 50 years. Their involvement in Tobruk’s Easter battle of 1941 was significant to the war effort in the Middle East.
- Mary Mennis tells the story of The Red Cliffs an historically accurate fiction book that tells the area’s history from the perspective of it indigenous people.
- What a find! Helen Coughlan discovered the 1865 (6 years after separation) Corinthian Cup – a horse race for gentlemen riders archived in an area unknown to all. This cup was presented at the Queensland Turf Club at Eagle Farm to the winner. Find out who?
- Historian, Professor John Laverty tells us how Brisbane was made from 1823 – 1925. The contender for the capital of Queensland were Gayndah, Maryborough, Port Curtis and Wide bat.
- Historian, Dr Rod Fisher discusses the imprinting of Brisbane. Rod looks at line drawings, engravings, lithographs and related sketches. These include newspapers, letter papers, almanacs and bills, as well as maps, seals, stamps, banknotes and coins.
- Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui tells that life in the tropical north was inherently dangerour. People died with heartbreaking frequency and death did not discriminate by status or wealth.
- Jarvis Finger is an authority on St Helena Island. In this article he writes about prisoner Frederick Hamilton who attempted an excape in a bathtub.
1 December 2011