On this day: land for sale in Australia

This 1884 poster from the Australian coastal colony of Queensland advertises a land sale in the northern town of Townsville on the 6th of November.

Eighteen years earlier the area had been declared a municipality, and two years before this sale took place the area’s population was 4000.

StateLibQld_1_262976_Estate_map_of_Hermit_Park,_Townsville,_Queensland,_1884 Land for sale in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. 6th November 1884.

On this day…

Winner_of_the_Sirens_of_the_Surf_competition,_Miss_Bonnie_Orchard,_Gold_Coast,_1936_(4903167283)Winner of the Sirens of the Surf competition, Miss Bonnie Orchard, Gold Coast, 1936. Queen

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Miss Bonnie Orchard, the winner of the Sirens of the Surf competition on the 5th of October, 1936. The competition took place in springtime at the holiday resort of the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland in Australia’s north.

The image is credited to George Jackman.

Eighty Years Ago: Australia’s Women’s National Emergency Legion is Formed

Horsewoman in the Australian Women’s Emergency Legion. September 1939. X

The Women’s National Emergency Legion, an auxiliary organisation in Australia during the Second World War, was formed in September of 1938.

Based in Brisbane, Queensland, only women of British origin were allowed to join.

Article from The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton. 18 November 1938.

Women considered eligible were provided with training in areas considered necessary to the war effort, such as first aid and truck driving.

Miss Tony Mitchell at Somerville House in Brisbane, 1942. Mitchell drove cars and trucks for the US Army. X

When war broke out in the Pacific at the end of 1941 women were attached to US military units to work as drivers and clerks. They also worked for British and Dutch units based in Australia.

The organisation ceased operations a couple of years after the end of the war.

On this day: Australia at the outbreak of war.

Parade of Queensland Expeditionary Force through the streets of Brisbane, 14 September 1914. Australia. First World War.

Seven weeks after the outbreak of the First World War, and six weeks after Britain – and therefore Australia – declared war on Germany, a military parade took place in the streets of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was the 14th of September, 1914.

Featured prominently in this postcard image are the Light Horsemen, who played a significant role in Australia’s participation in the war.

Labour Day in 1914

This is an image of the Labour Day festivities in Canungra in Queensland, Australia in 1914. Around a hundred people gathered on an overgrown cricket field for the event. The holiday fell on the 4th of May that year.

Today, Canungra still has a population under a thousand.

StateLibQld_1_202487_Labour_Day_Festivities_at_Canungra,_1914 This is an image of the Labour Day festivities in Canungra in Queensland, Australia in 1914. The holiday fell on the 4th of