Queensland Parliament House - History in Pictures

On 14 July 1865, the foundation stone of Queensland's Parliament House was laid by the Queensland Governor, Sir George Bowen. A detailed description of the ceremony was published in the Brisbane Courier newspaper. Three years later, on 4 August 1868 the building was officially opened.

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of digitised images of Parliament House which can be viewed via our One Search catalogue. A sample of these images are below....

Soldiers standing guard as a carriage arrives with a formal mounted escort at Parliament House in Brisbane, Queensland, 1867. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Image 28934-0001

Interior view of the Upper House Parliament House, Brisbane, ca. 1867. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Image number: API-001-0001-0016

Lower House interior at Parliament House, Brisbane, ca. 1867. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Image API-001-0001-0015

Parliament House, Brisbane, Queensland, ca. 1869. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Image Lower House interior at Parliament House, Brisbane, ca. 1867. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 4005

Waterlily pond in the Queen's Park, Brisbane. Building behind is Parliament House. Brisbane, ca.1869. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 66739

View of Gardens Point and Parliament House from South Brisbane, ca. 1870. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 156878

Parliamentary buildings and Brisbane town ca. 1870. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 156883

Brisbane looking south from Parliament House, ca.1880. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Image APE-047-01-0002

Image of plan of proposed alterations to gallery of Legislative Assembly, Brisbane, 1888. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 139920

Parliament House, Brisbane, 1889. Image APO-010-0001-0034

View of Parliament House from the Town Reach on the Brisbane River, ca. 1890. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 125820

Members of Parliament at Parliament House Brisbane, 1904. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 140903

Sir Arthur Morgan standing behind the speakers desk at Parliament House, Brisbane, 1905. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 41104

Smoking room in Parliament House, Brisbane, ca. 1906. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 41042

Library reading room in Parliament House, Brisbane, ca. 1906. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 41107

State dinner for Admiral Jellicoe Parliament House, Brisbane, 1919. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 184640

Swearing in of members on the first day of the Queensland Parliament, 20 August 1929. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 41073

Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester receiving guests at a State reception at Parliament House, Brisbane in December 1934. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 41082

Parliament House in Brisbane, Queensland, ca.1937. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 41002

Frank Cooper presenting his budget speech to parliament, Brisbane, ca. 1940. Image 7708-0001-0074

Meeting of the Hanlon Government at Queensland Parliament House, 1946. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 108920

Interior of Parliament House Library Brisbane, Queensland, 1949. Neg 40980

Legislative Assembly Chamber, Brisbane, ca. 1950. John Oxley Library, SLQ. Neg 40966

Parliament House at night during the Queensland centenary 1959 celebrations. From R 115 Finlay Colour Slides. (In copyright). John Oxley Library, SLQ. Image lbp00208

Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane. Undated. From 7032 Kahlert collection of colour slides 1970-1990. (In copyright). John Oxley Library, SLQ. Image 7032-0001-0074

Myles Sinnamon - Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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