Indigenous Art Mobile Art Gallery comes to Mitchelton Library Re-Opening

Indij-N-Arts is an indigenous owned mobile art gallery which serves the south-east Queensland area.  Proprietor and artist John Pene Fonmosa was on hand on Saturday, June 15, at the Mitchelton Library Re-Opening along with a wonderful exhibition.  Indij-N-Arts artists are inspired and influenced by their connections with the land, the ocean and the rivers where they reside.  The artists are from the Bundjalung, Kamilaroi, Yuggera, and Yumatji Gnarloo tribal areas of Australia. Continue reading

From Mesopotamia to Pancake Paradise: Mitchelton Library Re-Opens – Part 2

For all the on-the-day details about the re-opening, go to Part 1 of this two-part plus special gallery feature.

With this gallery, we supply some fast facts about libraries, offer two of Alison Alexander’s recipes, and splurge on ten plus one quotations – yes, there’s a bonus quotation right there for you – about the delights of the library. Continue reading

From Mahjong to the Lord Mayor: Mitchelton Library Re-Opens – Part 1

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.  Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Mitchelton Library re-opening in Brisbane’s inner north-west got away to a chilly start early on Saturday, June 15, but was warmed up considerably by the goodwill of everyone who attended.

The library’s Team Leader, Julie Tree, guided us all through an entirely enjoyable day of festivities in the new library of light and glass, ably assisted and supported by library staffers including Stephen, Kathy, Belza, Sally, Orima, Katrina, Kelly, and Kylie. (If we’ve forgotten anyone, please let us know so we can include everyone who contributed).

Radio broadcaster Phil Smith and his guest gurus – gardening expert, Annette McFarlane, and food consultant, Alison Alexander – kicked things off at 6am on ABC Local Radio with their usual astute advice about, yes, gardening and food. Continue reading

The Great Court at The University of Queensland, St Lucia – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the All You Can View Great Court Buffet.  Part 1 can be viewed here.

For a description of The Great Court Complex, including all the building names, we used the Heritage Register entry, and this is a good time to thank the Heritage Register staff for posting all that minty-flavoured goodness about one of Brisbane’s jewels in the crown. Continue reading

The Great Court at The University of Queensland, St Lucia – Part 1

Queensland University, the state’s first university, was established in legislation in 1909, and according to the Qld Heritage Register, commemorates Qld’s 50th anniversary as a State. The following information is taken from the Heritage Register page for The Great Court.

There was a lot of buggering about before construction on the St Lucia site began in 1935, and building continued on the Great Court until 1979. Benefactors, Mary Emilia Mayne and her brother, Dr James O’Neil Mayne, donated the enormous sum of 50,000 pounds to get the ball rolling rather well. You can read about the Mayne family – a curious and interesting clan – in a great book by Rosamond Siemon, titled, The Mayne Inheritance. Highly recommended.

The Premier of the day hoped the project would spur employment during the Great Depression, and indeed, he has a Great Court building named after him, Forgan Smith, which you’ll see in this and the other galleries. Continue reading