Brisbane 100 Years Ago

Having entered into the second decade of the 21st century let's look back at Brisbane 100 years ago. Rod Fisher's Brisbane Timeline: From Captain Cook to CityCat records the following events and facts from 1911:

  • Brisbane area population 175, 487 in 36, 502 dwellings
  • First Australian pilot's licence issued
  • Emmanuel College opened in Jesmond Cottage on Wickham Tce (first residential college for UQ from 1912)
  • Windsor Drill Hall built and Windsor School of Arts opened on Lutwyche Rd
  • Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Woolstore built at Teneriffe to Free-style design by Robin Dods
  • Queensland Railways embarked on modernisation of Brisbane network
  • Dan Evans and Arthur Deakin opened their first engineering business in Edward St
  • University of Queensland Library established
  • Diorama of Aboriginal gunyah with live family attracted great interest at the annual Ekka
  • Code of building by-laws came into force in the City of South Brisbane
  • Kedron Park Racecourse developed on the existing sportsground (to 1931, later Kedron High School and QUT campus)
  • Dan Evans introduced oxywelding and cutting to Queensland
  • David Spencer wins Amateur Motor Car Club hill-climbing race
  • Two cordite storage magazines erected at Enoggera for the Australian Army
  • O'Reilly family select land for farming on Lamington Plateau

Official opening day for the People’s Palace, Brisbane, 1911. John Oxley Library, Image Number 68764.

Military assembly in Brisbane, 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 166670.

Memorial procession for the death of King Edward VII, Brisbane, 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 167827.

Kindergarten at Woolloongabba, Brisbane, 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 44263.

Queen Street, Brisbane, ca. 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 155987.

Excursion to Taringa on the Brisbane River, 1911. John Oxley Library Image Number 91806.


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I was reading with interest with the temporary closure of the John Oxley Library and came across a word 'Queenslandiana' in the context. There is a flower as such but not in reference to the State. Is this rightly used?

Hi JuneThanks for your comment. Our Chair of the Library Board of Queensland, Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex, who is a linguist known widely for his regular guest spots on ABC talkback radio speaking to listeners about English word origins and usage had the following to say about your question:It’s not common, but is perfectly well formed grammatically speaking. Victoriana is parallel. The suffix –ian is followed by a presumed neuter singular in Latin, in –um, which is never seen. The plural means “things relating to x”, where x is the root word. You could by analogy have Rockhamptoniana and so on.The botanical reading is a feminine singular of Bubbia Queenslandiana, or Winterwood. It so happens that the feminine singular nominative and the neuter plural nominative/accusative have the same form.I hope this answers your question June.Best RegardsSimon FarleyJohn Oxley Library