When Woolloongabba was Wattle Scented

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Labor Day Marches Past - A Fishy Float from 1940.

These two chaps look as though they're gutting a giant fish who had made a meal of a truck but are in fact putting the final touches on the The Fish Board's Labor Day float of 1940.

Eat More Fish. The Fish Board.

 Department of Labor and Industry blowing there horn with all manner of milestones and statistics, Labor Day 1940.


Main Roads Commission, Labor Day float, 1940. 

Kelvin Grove branch of the ALP, sailing down Queen Street at Petrie Bight, Customs House to the right. 

 The favourite float of the parade. Perkins Brewery Labour Day float of 1913, drinks at hand.

Ipswich Railway Workshop,  Labour Day Procession, Brisbane, 1913.

Brisbane Noir!  United Operative Bricklayers Society,Labour Day March, Brisbane, ca. 1950

Labor Day Parade, Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley, 1911. From the awning of the Shamrock Hotel looking down Brunswick towards Wickham, Cooks Picture Palace on the corner of Alfred and Brunswick Street is sill stands (though modified) today.

Stripe aproned butchers pose in front of the State Butcheries float for the Labor Day Parade of 1920. If the butchers had applied the same level of thinking put towards the State Fish Board float then this would know doubt be a giant T-Bone steak.

Images from the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Brisbane Winter - Overcoats, Gloves & Slippers - McWhirters Catalogue 1950.


 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.