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Discover events in Queensland's history with ABC Local Radio Queensland

By JOL Admin | 15 June 2012

Group of friends gathered around a radio in Brisbane, ca. 1942. State Library of Queensland. Negative no 102831

Each Tuesday night after 9pm on ABC Local Radio Queensland, the State Library of Queensland's Myles Sinnamon looks back at events that have shaped Queensland’s history with host Rebecca Levingston.

Here are the podcasts for this segment since March:


Events in Queensland’s history during the month of March

  • Cyclone Mahina, 1899
  • Cyclone in Burketown, 1887
  • First Queensland woman to be empanelled on a jury, 1945
  • Brisbane Courier newspaper switches from gas to electric lighting, 1884
  • Professor William Denton's public lecture "Future of our planet", 1883
Events in Queensland's history during the month of April (Part 1)
  • First census of the colony of Queensland, 1861
  • Heavy flooding in North Queensland - Daintree River, 1895
  • Stick-up near Gympie, 1868
  • Destructive fire in Longreach, 1902
  • First public performance of the song Waltzing Matilda, 1895
Events in Queensland's history during the month of April (Part 2)
  • Demise of electric trams in Brisbane, 1969
  • Grasshopper plague in Townsville, 1911
  • Brisbane newspaper Sunday Sun folds after 92 years, 1992
  • First and only member of the Communist Party to be elected to an Australian Parliament was a Queenslander, 1944
  • First telegram sent in Queensland (Brisbane to Ipswich), 1861
  • The Go-Betweens first public performance, 1978
Events in Queensland's history during the month of April (Part 3)
  • Destruction of the Bellevue Hotel, 1979
  • First train trip in Queensland , 1865
  • Electoral fraud in the Burke elections, 1884
  • QANTAS services connect with Brisbane, 1929
  • Robbery at the Currie Hotel near Gympie, 1868
  • Powderfinger calls it a day, 2010
Events in Queensland's history during the month of April (part 4)
  • Practical joke perpetrated on Brisbane's Victoria Bridge, 1947;
  • George Croft's amphitheatre in Russell Street, South Brisbane, 1847
  • Opening of the Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, 1988
  • Opening of World Expo 88, 1988
  • Brisbane band The Saints release their most commercially successful album, 1986
 Events in Queensland's history during the month of May (Part 1)
  • Train derailment at Camp Mountain - 16 killed, 1947
  • Racial riots and looting in Brisbane's CBD, 1888
  • Major Wright, Salvation Army - a martyr for his music - committed to the Sandgate Lockup for refusing to pay a 2 pound fine, 1889
  • Terrible fire at Wondai, 1912
  • Logan band Savage Garden - single "To The Moon & Back" was the most played song on US radio at the end May 1997
Events in Queensland's history during the month of May (Part 2)
  • University students procession and floats censored, Brisbane - "Operation Bedlam", 1947
  • Australian Hospital Ship Centaur attacked and sunk, 1943
  • 150 disappointed miners caused trouble on the ship Leichhardt, 1876
  • 25th anniversary of the public screening of the "Moonlight State" on Four Corners, 1987
  • Dramatic police raids at "two-up" schools in Brisbane, 1912
  • The Kinks peform at Brisbane's Festival Hall, 1971
Events in Queensland's history during the month of May (Part 3)
  • News reaches Brisbane of the burning of the ship Fiery Star, 1865
  • Chaos in rural Queensland as Cobb & Co. halts its coach services, 1902
  • Meeting of the first Queensland Parliament - with a former convict as an MP, 1860
  • First official wireless telephone call made between Brisbane and London, 1930
  • New Beach Boys single "Help Me Rhonda" which entered the Brisbane pop charts at No.33 - later peaking at No.3 , 1965
Events in Queensland's history during the month of May (Part 4)
  • Amy Johnson visits Queensland after becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, 1930
  • 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision, 1992
  • A Queenslander competes at the Eurovision Song Contest, 1996
Events in Queensland's history during the month of June (Part 1)
  • Attempted hijacking of a TAA DC9 between Coolangatta and Brisbane, 1979
  • First shipment of cane toads to Queensland, 1935
  • Charles Kingford Smith and crew arrive in Brisbane after making the first Trans-Pacific flight, 1928
  • Dave Clark Five and The Seekers play Brisbane's Festival Hall, 1965


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