William McQueen – Ipswich Miner and Businessman

William McQueen left three legacies to Ipswich: his coal mines, his supply store and his family. He emigrated from Scotland in the mid-1880s with wife Janet and infant daughter Alexanderina, settling in Ipswich. Initially William found work as an engine driver at Boyce’s quarry at Bundanba (as the...

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1920: An Ipswich Snapshot

One hundred years ago things were a little different around here. Memories of the Great War were receding. Returned soldiers were out looking for work or, resuming their old jobs. The Railway Workshops for instance welcomed back former employees. At this time, male employment in Ipswich mostly centred...

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The History of Immunisation in Ipswich

In 2020 as the world comes to terms with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)1, scientists and research organisations concentrate their efforts on containing the pandemic.  The spread of the coronavirus is being managed by isolation and quarantine, and sufferers treated with medicine to alleviate the effects. Immunity and protection...

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This is Not Our First Rodeo…

Epidemics have been unwelcome visitors to Ipswich since colonial days. The names of the diseases may have changed but public health measures are remarkably familiar, with Ipswich General Hospital at the heart of care and treatment in our town. The hospital opened at the beginning of March 1860...

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Hudson’s Eumenthol Jujubes

You have probably heard of Hudson’s Eumenthol Jujubes, or even consumed them for a sore throat. These cough drops or throat lozenges are internationally known however they were first known in Ipswich and developed here by George Inglis Hudson. Hudson – Chemist & Druggist kept premises in Brisbane...

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Red Arcade

A predecessor of present day discount variety stores was Royal Red Arcade originally located in Nicholas Street, Ipswich. It opened on Saturday 1st December 1894 offering a large variety of household goods for sale including toys, basketware, books, stationery and fancy goods. Because it was nearly Christmas, seasonal...

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North Ipswich Ice Works

Next time you go to the fridge to get out the butter or meat, spare a thought for early Ipswich residents who had no refrigeration and minimal access to ice. In the late 19th century Ipswich consumers were dependent on ice shipped from Brisbane. This was both expensive...

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Empire Day

May 24 was Queen Victoria’s birthday. After she died in 1901 it was proposed that the date become a formal celebration of the British Empire and all that it stood for. Loyalty to the Empire, patriotism and the duties of citizenship were paramount. Empire Day was to have...

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Oyster Saloons in Ipswich

Fish and chips shops are found everywhere in Australia. A forerunner to these familiar businesses was the Oyster Saloon, common from the 1880s until well into the twentieth century. It seems that every town in Queensland (no matter how far from the coast) had an Oyster Saloon. Brisbane,...

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