When Woolloongabba was Wattle Scented

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Brisbane's Gay Kitten" - No Jokes Please! - Australian Women's Weekly, 1960.

If you are a true Brisbanite then you would know who Hugh Cornishwas, but you may not have know about his feline, television side-kick, Florrie. If not, you do now.


1960 'BRISBANE'S GAY KITTEN.', The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), 4 May, p. 87, viewed 26 June, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48209240

Thursday, June 23, 2011

First Four Light Bulbs Powered by Nuclear Energy, 1951.

I was recently trawling through the files of Wikimedia Commons and found this image of a historic moment in the development nuclear energy. The photograph is of the first production of usable nuclear electricity at Idaho National LaboratoryDecember 20, 1951; four light bulbs were lit with electricity generated from a reactor known as the EBR-1. A great moment for mankind? If you were a light-bulb, a great claim to fame! File under Q, for quirky.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Winter Fashion Furs & Foxy Ladies - Keeping Warm 50's 60's 70's!

Some Studio 54 disco style from a 1979 edition of The Australian Women's Weekly. The full length fox fur jackets are priced at $8500.00 each. Which in the late 1970's would buy you a new family car......and a deposit on a modest home.

Fury fonts and a modish look, note the purple knee high boots, The Australian Women's Weekly, 1964.

Fashion in Fur.The Australian Women's Weekly, 1954. A very "Red Riding Hood" cape with fur trimmed collar.

Settle for a smart, fur-lined  coat? From The Brisbane Courier Mail, 1934. McWhirters is described as "The Mecca for the Thrifty" in this depression era advertisement.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Libraryhack 2011 - Ghosts of Brisbane.

Here are our five entries for Liraryhack 2011.

Elizabeth and George Streets , Brisbane City. The original State Library of Qld buildings in the background.

Lamb House, originally known as "Home", Leopard Street and River Terrace, Kangaroo Point.

Hutton Lane, off Adelaide St, Brisbane City.

Anzac Ceremony, Anzac Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane City.

Brisbane Motorcycle and Fishing Club, Adelaide Street approaching Creek Street, Brisbane City.