What life looked like 150 years ago: The exploration of Queensland through photography

Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and its official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859. The state is named in honour of Queen Victoria who signed documents granting the right to its own representative government and when Brisbane was appointed as the capital city. We take this opportunity to…

An impression: Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park)

Now that we’re allowed to venture out somewhat, we thought this was a perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with our Collection favourites that have a local flavour. Continuing with our know ‘Brisbane through the Collection’ series we focus on Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park) 1898, an accomplished work of a painter aware of the…

Go behind-the-scenes as we conserve Anthony Alder’s ‘Red-tailed Black Cockatoos’

Large scale paintings from Queensland’s Colonial period are extremely rare. (Red-tailed Black Cockatoos) by Anthony Alder (1838-1915) dated c.1895 shows a male and female pair of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii), also known as Banksian or Banks’ Black Cockatoo, native to Australia and found in eucalyptus woodlands or along water courses. This species has disappeared…

An incident at Romani: In memory of the Light Horse Field Ambulance, Brisbane

During the First World War, George W. Lambert (1873-1930) served Australia as an Official War Artist attached to the ANZAC Mounted Division. He spent two terms in service, the first with the Light Horse in Palestine, and the second in Gallipoli and Egypt before his military contract discharge, when he was commissioned to paint an…

Clouds of purple blossoms, a quintessential image of Brisbane

Few works in our Collection have enjoyed as much popularity as R. (Richard) Godfrey Rivers’s Under the jacaranda. Painted in 1903, some twelve years after the British-born Rivers arrived in Queensland, the image depicts Rivers and his wife Selina sitting in the shade of a large jacaranda tree, at that time a landmark in Brisbane’s Botanic…