Author: Jodie Richter

What on Earth are those brick towers?

Have you ever been to the Ipswich Nature Centre in Queens Park and wondered what those huge brick columns are poking out above the trees? Well, we’re glad you asked. It was originally the Ipswich Municipal Incinerator used to burn all of the town’s rubbish. The brick columns were its chimney stacks. It was officially opened on in November, 1936 and despite being an industrial firebox, it had orange and mulberry bricks, fret work and art deco chevron shapes. Maybe it was so fancy because it was designed by the same guy who designed Canberra. That’s right. Walter Burley...

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Not all trivia, librarian of 47 years dispels the myth

Marianne Ryan has been greeting customers at the front desk of the library for 47 years Marianne walked through the doors on her first day as a library assistant on Friday 7 August 1970. The Ipswich Central Library has moved locations five times since then. Her job has involved everything from driving the original mobile library bus, which had a crash gearbox and no power steering, to binding and repairing books, to telling animated stories during children’s reading time. “It’s a great environment working at the library,” she says. “It’s been a great career and has given me a good life.”...

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Off the Wall art a collection of time

Goodna artist Benitta Harding (Below) got her first pastel set at the age of 8 and has been drawing ever since. Her artwork ‘Time Passes By’ (Above) is showing at the ‘Off the Wall’ exhibition. “It’s a couple of my friends sitting at Kangaroo Point. I created it in a couple of days. I like to work on a piece until it’s done so I can get the idea out of my head and onto paper,” she said. “I find people fascinating and I think we can all connect. We are all human and I want to have more...

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5 Things you didn’t know about The Workshops Rail Museum

The romance of steam trains has captured millions all over the world. Anyone who has watched Thomas The Tank Engine, Murder on the Orient Express or taken a ride in one can attest, that steam trains still hold a special place in our imaginations. Steam trains burn coal in a firebox to boil water until it turns to steam. The steam is forced through powerful pistons to give the engine the power to drive the wheels. The first steam locomotive was operated on 21 February 1804 in the United Kingdom. They were superseded by electric and diesel locomotives in...

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Ipswich Elder to be given Key to the City

It still brings tears to her eyes. The painful memory of holding small, heartbroken children in her arms. Trying to soothe their cries and not knowing why they were there. When Aunty Faye Carr was 14, she left school and her home at Deebing Creek to live and work at the Nudgee orphanage. “They shaved my hair off, I hated it there,” she said. She still remembers the long afternoons when she held the little children tight and cried along with them.  “There was a family came that I knew from home. I remember thinking why are they here?...

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