Pugh's Almanac in the John Oxley Library

John Oxley Library’s microfilm copy of Pugh’s Almanac has been a popular tool for Queensland historical research for many years.  A new copy of the microfilm has recently been acquired for use in the microfilm area on level 3 of State Library, replacing the old copy which had been damaged by years of frequent usage.

 An 1860 advertisement from Pugh's Almanac

Pugh’s Almanac was published by Theophilus P. Pugh in Brisbane from 1859 until 1927.  Some of the topics covered in the almanac include:

information about eclipses; tides; phases of the moon;  rainfall in past years; gardening; hints to agriculturists; sailing directions for Moreton Bay; a history of the Moreton Bay settlement; Moreton Bay exports and imports; an article about the arrival and reception of His Excellency, Sir G.F. Bowen, first governor of Queensland; motor vehicle regulations; officers in public departments; public institutions; pastoral directory;

As well as...

legal directory; directories of surveyors, architects, medical practitioners, chemists, dentists, banks, newspapers, Masonic lodges, Friendly societies, Brisbane trades, local authorities; ecclesiastical directories; and Country directories which listed Queensland towns, their locations and business people.


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Do you have records of Australia Post employees in Qld from 1870 to 1901? My grandfather worked there during those years, and I would like to know the towns and dates in which he was employed. Thank you in anticipation.

Hi PaulineThe State Library of Queensland does not hold records of Australia Post employees. Since the time period you are interested in is pre-federation you could try the Queensland State Archives http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/

I am trying to find the date of the start of J H WHEREAT'S BOATBUILDING business. The address was BYRON ST BULIMBA. Possibly in the 1880's.Thank you, Col

I made a mistake with thr address of J H WHEREAT"S. It was McCONNELL ST BULIMBA. Col

Hi ColinWe'll take this as a query and get back to you.

Re J H Whereat.The Mowbray Park (now Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park) Surf Life Saving Club's first surf Boat was built by J H Whereat in 1930. We have a commenorative plaque which states, in part:"Speedo" Commenorative plague for the first surf boat built in Queensland to the specifications of the Surf Association of Australia.Built by J. H. Whereat, of Bulimba, for a total cost of £109/4/4.I can provide photo's if required.Bruce MayneHon. SecretaryBHMP SLSC - Old Lifesavers Assn.

Hi, we have recently bought an old house in Red Hill. I would like to find out when it was built and if it had a name. In other states, I would turn to the Sands & McDougall directories for this information, but they were published in Brisbane. Will the Pugh Almanac help me in this instance, or would I be better looking at the Post Office registers or Greater Brisbane area atlas & directory of residents and streets. Does the library have copies of these other directories that the public can look at? If so, is it necessary to make an appointment to view these?ThanksJenna

Hi JennaWe have the Qld Post Office Directories and Pugh's Almanacs in the John Oxley Library Collection.A set of the PODs are available on open access in the John Oxley Library Reading Room which is open from 10-5 every day. They are also all on microfilm on level 3.Issues of Pugh's Almanac have to be retrieved from the repositories as they are not on open access.The Brisbane City Council have a great book called Your House Has a history: http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/documents/community/history_heritage_hou… which will show you which are the important resources you should consult.As far as dating when your house was constructed the title deeds would be the best source of information. The BCC booklet details what you find in them.We have photographs by suburb that may have exterior shots of your house as well.Best RegardsSimon