Queensland Review

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Vol. 17, No. 2, August

Editorial
This issue of Queensland Review opens with a deeply felt appreciation of the life and work of Ross Laurie (1960-2010) by his former thesis supervisor and good friend over many years, Raymond Evans. A graduate of both Griffith University and the University...
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Ross Donald Laurie (1960-2010): An Appreciation
I do not approach writing this essay with any relish. In fact, I have consistently and resolutely been putting it off, secretly relieved when the bulk of Ross's own writings took a while to reach me and even when the retina in my left eye came away,...
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Brisbane's Radical Russian Community, 1911-1918
Spread your wings my angel of hope and show me the way to the country, where we lived before, to the nation, where blood is being shed for freedom's sake. Only then, we will begin to live in the people's country. (1) Introduction: The Red Flag Events...
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Out of the Frying Pan: Voyaging to Queensland in 1863 on Board the Fiery Star
Introduction This article had its genesis in a family photograph of my paternal grandmother's parents, Rowland and Rebecca Walton (see Figure 1). (1) I knew little about them apart from their English origins, but their appearance was intriguing:...
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Vida Lahey: Beyond Monday Morning
Some of the guests at the opening of the Queensland Art Gallery's exhibition Vida Lahey: Colour and Modernism on 16 October 2010 expressed their consternation when Lahey's most famous work, Monday Morning, was not included. Despite it being one of...
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Queensland Literary Culture in the Long Decade after Joh: Institutional Development and Narratives of Change
The apparent resuscitation of Queensland print and literary culture in the decade after the fall of Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen in 1987 and the National Party in 1989 can be seen to be the product of three factors: an over-statement of the dereliction...
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Living in the End Time: Ecstasy and Apocalypse in the Work of H.D. and Janette Turner Hospital
Despite the current preoccupation with globalisation, literary criticism remains heavily focused on national cultures. In the context of Australian literature, comparisons are regularly made with the literatures of other British Commonwealth nations,...
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'Skilful Handling and Scientific Treatment': The Charity Organisation Society of Brisbane during the Great Depression
During the Global Financial Crisis of 2009, many commentators drew parallels with the Great Depression of the 1930s. While the suffering of those Australians affected by the recent economic turmoil cannot be dismissed, the impact of the Global Financial...
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Vol. 17, No. 1, February

Editorial
The editors of Queensland Review and members of the wider Queensland studies community are deeply saddened by the premature death earlier this year of Dr Ross Laurie. We extend our deepest sympathy to Ross's wife, Joanne Scott. Ross taught Australian...
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'Contested Territory':colonial Queensland in the Writings of the Late Bill Thorpe (1943-2009)
This article provides an overview of the contribution to colonial Queensland studies by the late Bill Thorpe, explaining the reasons for his enduring association with Queensland, and reviewing his long-standing collaborations with former PhD supervisor...
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Introduction to Tom Hurstbourne or A Squatter's Life
My first reaction on reading Tom Hurstbourne or A Squatter's Life was surprise. When I first met them, the novel's editors, Gerard Benjamin and Gloria Grant had been very forthcoming about how they came by the manuscript--an intriguing saga in itself....
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Homophobia as Party Politics: The Construction of the 'Homosexual Deviant' in Joh Bjelke-Petersen's Queensland
Introduction In 1987, years of frustration with Queensland's sexually repressive culture compelled a homosexual man named Cliff Williams to write to the national gay magazine OutRage. Williams outlined a number of the difficulties he faced being...
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Researching ABC Rockhampton TV, 1963-85: Two Decades of Regional Television Broadcasting
In 1963, Rockhampton was chosen by the Australian Broadcasting Commission to become its first television station in Queensland. ABC Rockhampton TV belonged to a select number of outlets that, in the days before aggregation and extensive networking,...
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Holding Australia to Ransom: The Colston Affair, 1996-2003
Probably no one who has entered either federal or state Parliament in Australia departed from it as loathed and despised as Malcolm Arthur Colston. A Labor senator from Queensland between 1975 and 1996, he is remembered by that party as a 'rat' who...
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German Missionaries in Queensland
German Missionaries in Queensland (hosted by Griffith University website at http://missionaries.griffith.edu.au) On the home page of the German Missionaries in Queensland website, the reader is immediately confronted by two contrasting images: a...
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Vol. 16, No. 2, August

Editorial
In the previous issue of Queensland Review, Belinda McKay used the occasion of the state's sesquicentenary to reflect in her editorial on some of the core themes that have shaped Queensland--and outsiders' beliefs about Queensland--across 150 years....
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Celebrating in the Streets: A Century of Triumphal Arches
The arrival of Queensland's first Governor on 10 December 1859 was an occasion for celebration; in the words of Brisbane's newspaper, 'never was welcome given with heartier zest'. (1) As Sir George Bowen stepped ashore at a temporary landing stage...
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The Centrepiece of Colonial Queensland's Celebration and Commemoration of Royalty and Empire: Government House, Brisbane
Her Majesty's birthday was right royally celebrated last evening by His Excellency the Governor on the occasion of the annual birthday ball at government house. (1) 'Royalty' and 'Empire' were, throughout the second half of the nineteenth century,...
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Colonialism and the Role of the Local Show: A Case Study of the Gympie District Show, 1877-1940
Agricultural shows are important events in rural and regional Australia. For over a century, they have often been the main annual festival on any given town's calendar. This importance makes the lack of scholarly attention to rural and regional shows...
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Celebrating Her First Half-Century: Queensland's Jubilee Carnival
Queensland's Jubilee Carnival of 1909 was, according to Australia's Governor-General, Lord Dudley, 'the principal and most prominent feature in the series of festivities by which the people of Queensland are seeking to celebrate the jubilee of their...
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Cilento's Centenary: The Triumph of His Topics
The 1959 celebration of the Centenary of self-government in Queensland presented organisers with an opportunity to showcase the state at large, together with its character and potential. Public works--a supremely tangible stamp of governmental achievement--were...
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Celebration or Manufacturing Nostalgia? Constructing Histories of World Expo '88
Brisbane's World Expo '88 changed people's lives, and the memories of Expo '88 are revered more than 20 years on from the event itself. We are very much looking forward to celebrating the anniversary of this very special event with the people of Brisbane,...
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Vol. 16, No. 1, February

Editorial
Queenslanders recently ushered in the state's sesquicentenary year by electing Australia's first female premier. In her victory speech, a radiant Anna Bligh recalled 'a time when people regarded us as the backward state of Australia ... a time when...
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Queensland, 1859: Reflections on the Act of Becoming
We don't so much write the meaning of a period, as the history of some possible meanings; we study what was able to emerge within, and against, what seems to at first glance at least, to be a dominant field of social perception. --Dana Polan (1)...
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Leaders and Political Culture: The Development of the Queensland Premiership, 1859-2009
Introduction The personal and political styles of leaders have long fascinated historians, biographers and political scientists eager to unravel the intricate nature of leadership and its impact on history. While some subscribe to the 'Great Man'...
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'This Fiction, It Don't Go Away': Narrative as an Index to Palm Island's Past and Present
From their foundation at the turn of the twentieth century, the remoteness from large population centres of Queensland's reserves for Aboriginal and Islander people was a key factor in maintaining them. Activism by the people themselves, reports and...
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Robert Burns in Colonial Queensland: Sentiment, Scottishness and Universal Appeal
Worldwide, 25 January 2009 was celebrated as the 250th birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-96). The anniversary celebrations will continue all through this year, however, as the Scottish Parliament has proclaimed--in recognition...
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Ian Calder McKay Was Here: A Legacy of Beauty in Pottery
Yet in time to come the individual will fade into oblivion, and the work will stand or fall by its abstract power or its lack of it. --Ian McKay (1) In 1983, more or less mid-career as it turned out to be in the light of his early death, Ian...
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Lance Fallaw, 'A Queensland House-Warming': An Edition
Introduction Lance Fallaw was born in Gateshead in the north of England in 1876. He graduated in Arts at the University of Durham, developing a deep love of English literature which he carried with him for the rest of his life as an itinerant literary...
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Vol. 15, No. 2, August

Editorial
This issue of Queensland Review is dedicated to the memory of historian Helen Taylor (1941-2006), whose imaginative initiatives to bring history and heritage to a broad audience changed the way the people of Brisbane think about their past. The...
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Helen Taylor: The People's Historian
Helen Taylor made a unique contribution to the democratisation of history in Queensland. She gave us, in Abraham Lincoln's immortal words, History 'of the people, by the people, for the people'. In so doing, she loosened the stultifying stranglehold...
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Women on the South-East Queensland Frontier
A typescript of a woman's diary deposited at the Mitchell Library in the 1970s contains some intriguing exchanges for the historian of the frontier. The diarist is unnamed--never a good omen for a primary document--but the uneven entries and the...
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Wolston Park Hospital, 1865-2001: A Retrospect
We know about the first day at Wolston Park from a report in the Brisbane Courier of 1865. On 12 January of that year, seven prison warders (two of them women) and ten police constables escorted 57 male and twelve female lunatics from Brisbane Gaol...
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Queensland's Black Leper Colony
[T]here is an uneasy feeling in the north that the Spotted Terror is slowly spreading. Its tentacles may have gripped even deeper than dreamed of ... whites may have become infected. An odd one might even be a victim now and not know it. Even if...
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A Queensland Reader: Discovering the Queensland Writer
An old friend, Jim Cleary, working on the monumental Bibliography of Australian Literature at the University of Queensland, recently rang to tell me about the elusive modernist poet Anna Wickham. 'Wickham' is the pen-name of Edith Alice Mary Harper,...
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The Portrait of James Mayne: A Short History
Two of the most significant donors to the University of Queensland were Mary Emelia Mayne and James Mayne, the last surviving children of Irish immigrants Patrick and Mary Mayne. They provided the funds to purchase the university's St Lucia site,...
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The Leisure Pursuits of Brisbane Children during the 1930s Depression
Neighbourhood children played lots of games together ... no expensive material required ... As there was no Presbyterian Church I went to the Methodist Sunday School. This church had a social evening of games every Friday night. Nobody worried about...
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'Brisbane Will Never Be the Same': Tasting Change at World Expo '88
Brisbane will never be the same after Expo--shopping hours, outdoor eating, the greening of the city, our attitudes to hospitality ... all these things will permanently transform our city. (Edwards, quoted in Robson 1988: 54) Food at World's...
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Vol. 15, No. 1, February

Editorial
On 13 February 2008, Kevin Rudd--the first prime minister from Queensland since Andrew Fraser--moved a motion of apology to Australia's Indigenous people in the House of Representatives. He has followed up this apology by committing his government...
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On the Utmost Verge: Race and Ethnic Relations at Moreton Bay, 1799-1842
The native races know us chiefly by our crimes.--Karl Marx (1) 'Moreton Bay' was certainly a name to be conjured with among the early Australian penal stations. As well as being a forbidding secondary detention centre, it represented--both within...
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J.J. Hilder and the Languages of Art
Writing in a book published in 1918 in honour of Jesse Jewhurst Hilder (1881-1916), shortly after the artist's tragic early death from tuberculosis, Bertram Stevens declared: Australia may well be proud of Jesse Hilder, for he is entirely her ...
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A Bohemian Wife: The Life and Death of Olga Penton
Olga Penton died of heart failure at her home in Sydney one evening in 1973. She was found the next morning sitting upright in an armchair, with a plate of cold chicken half-eaten on her lap, a knowing smile on her face, and looking a lot younger than...
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Managing the Environment in a Sea Change Community: Impacts and Issues on the Capricorn Coast
Introduction In 2004, the National Sea Change Taskforce (NSCT) was established in response to the way in which accelerated growth and development in sea change communities is negatively impacting on those areas' ecology, society and economy. The...
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A Woman's Work Is Never Done? Exploring Housework in Interwar Queensland
The woman who demands assistance from her husband in her home is failing in her part of the marriage bargain, and the husband who gives it is losing his prestige as head of the house. --Letter from 'Mother' of New Farm, Courier-Mail, 6 February...
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Narrating Colonial Queensland: Francis Adams, Frank Jardine and 'The Red Snake'
In 1949, Clive Turnbull remarked that Australian Life (1892), a collection of short stories by Francis Adams, 'is a book that deserves to be resurrected'. While two of the radical English writer's novels have been republished over the last three decades,...
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Vol. 14, No. 2, August

Editorial
This special 'Queer Queensland' issue of Queensland Review is timely. On 21 June 2007, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's Report on the effects of federal laws on same-sex couples and their children was tabled in Parliament. Entitled...
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'It's Just Not Fair!'
Yes, some may ask why a fiercely heterosexual, crocodile-hunting, Harley Davidson-riding Liberal MP from Far North Queensland would fight for gay rights. The answer is quite simple. Discrimination is just not fair. Unfortunately, I was quite ignorant...
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Queensland's Criminal Justice System and Homosexuality, 1860-1954
Contemporary Queensland has a flourishing GLBTIQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) scene which, although still suffering from discrimination in a society that is premised around a heterosexual norm, is a far cry from the years...
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Coding Desire: The Emergence of a Homosexual Subculture in Queensland, 1890-1914
Dropsy is a puff. It is not the first time he has done it. I can bring a witness who will swear that he got ten bob from a black fellow that stuffed him. I knew what he wanted when he went up the stairs so I followed him ... there are plenty of others...
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'And They Sleep Together like Husband and Wife': A Queer Queensland Genealogy
The emergence of modern queer identities is usually located in cities--initially the European and American metropolises, followed by provincial or colonial cities like Sydney. While the argument that a critical mass of people triggers the formation...
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Campaign against Moral Persecution (CAMP)
My first contact with any organised gay and lesbian groups was with LINKS, the forerunner of the CAMP club. In 1968-69 we used to have social functions at private homes and once a year venture to the Queen's Birthday Ball. Lots of gay men were being...
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Queensland's Queer Press
Since the 1970s, there has been a strong and active gay and lesbian press in the southern parts of Australia. This press emerged later in Queensland than in the southern states but today it reaches many queer Queenslanders and performs a vital and...
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We're Here All Week: Public Formation and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival
The Brisbane Powerhouse was reopened in 2000, an election year for the Brisbane City Council, by then Lord Mayor Councillor Jim Soorley. Built in a decommissioned power station, the 'Centre for the Arts' was one of the culminations of Soorley's $4...
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It's Moments like These You Need 'Mint': A Mapping of Spatialised Sexuality in Brisbane
This paper produces the first mapping of ostensibly 'lesbian' spaces in Brisbane, focusing on lesbian bars and/or clubs. While cultural geographers have long noted the increased presence of 'queerness' within urban built environments, including how...
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Gina Mather
Gina Mather has been the president of the Australian Transgender Support Association (ATSA) for over 15 years. Her vociferous activism for social justice and equality has its roots in her work with Queensland Rail, which she joined in 1967. Gina quickly...
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Tamara Tonite
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a locally produced program on community television took the GLBTIQ community by storm. Running for seven years on channel Briz31, Tamara Tonite appeared in, and produced, 365 episodes, interviewing many locally based...
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'Who's the Man and Who's the Woman?' Same-Sex Couples in Queensland 'Doing' Gender and Domestic Labour
This article reports an exploratory study that investigated domestic labour in same-sex households, to the best of my knowledge the first in Australia to do so. In-depth semi-structured interviews with 12 couples in Southeast Queensland reveal that...
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