Sunday, April 17, 2016

BHBR 21.2 Brisbane Settlers Alfred and Thomas Slaughter (Great Uncle of Charles)

The early settlers of Brisbane included Alfred Slaughter and his brother Thomas Slaughter.

Their story is included purely for historical research, and to avoid confusion as there were two Alfred Slaughters.. However, once again the Slaughter family had links to Dr John Lang

Alfred was born in Kent, c 1802 and was the son of Alfred Slaughter and Elizabeth Hyder

He married in 1829 Caroline Darling, in the St George Hanover Square parish in London, and was a successful draper.  The family lived in Central London.

Alfred was selected by Dr John Lang to settle in Queensland, and he and his family travelled to Sydney then onto Brisbane.                                                      


Dr Lang wrote a report to the newspapers defending his colonists, but giving an insight into the lives of Alfred Slaughter and his family.



To the Editor of the British Banner.

Sir,—I beg to make a few observations, in addition  to what has already appeared in your columns, in regard to the results of the expedition of the ship Fortitude to Cooksland or Moreton Bay.

With respect, therefore, to the subject of land,  a certain extent of which was guaranteed to the emigrants in proportion to their respective payments for passage, some difficulty has unexpectedly been thrown in the way by the Local Government, although I was expressly informed by Mr. Hawes, the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, months before the Fortitude sailed, that there would be no difficulty at all in the matter, as the Local Government had it entirely in their own hands, and would certainly carry out the arrangement I had submitted for his consideration and approval.

Had this arrangement been carried out, there  would have been a sufficient extent of land avail-able on account of the emigration per the ship Fortitude for the whole of the emigrants who were entitled to land in virtue of their agreement with myself, both by the Fortitude and the Chaseley. It seems, however, that some difficulty has arisen in the matter, and the question was under the consideration of the Local Government at the date of the last accounts. 

This disappointment, however, will only be temporary ; for what-ever may have been the decision of the Local Government in the matter, the emigrants will receive the full extent of land guaranteed them on my return to the colony, if not before. The arrangement I made was the only one practicable at the time in originating a great undertaking, which is likely to lead to magnificent results, and any disappointment that may be experienced in a few individual instances at the outset, will only be of a very trivial character compared with what the first emigrants have almost uniformly experienced in almost every other instance in the history of colonization. There can be no want, in any instance, of the necessaries of life, and the climate is one of the finest under the sun, in which the facilities for the construction of temporary dwellings are everywhere available at the lowest cost.

Besides, the expedition did not experience that co-operation and assistance in a particular quarter on which I was led to depend with some degree of confidence. The services I had solicited were such as required no outlay, and involved no risk whatever ; but there was some uncertainty on this point when the Fortitude was ordered—as it  proved, without necessity—into quarantine ; and, ; in such circumstances, men of weak minds and little hearts are apt to shrink back from the very shadow of responsibility. But, although there was necessarily some temporary inconvenience from this cause, it involved nothing serious in any way.

The real fact is, that the immediate possession of land was of no consequence whatever to the great majority of the emigrants per the Fortitude, there being only a very limited number who could possibly be affected by that circumstance in any way. It is absurd to talk of going upon land when people have no means of bringing that land into cultivation ; and this was certainly the case with most of the emigrants per the Fortitude. 

There was about £1100 of the whole amount of passage money left unpaid when the ship sailed, which remained as a burden upon my shoulders exclusively. The emigrants of this class got employment variously, and at good wages, on their arrival, and could, therefore, have nothing to complain of ; and I have yet to learn whether their not obtaining immediate possession of the land guaranteed them was a serious evil in any one, instance whatever. For even when emigrants are in possession of the means of entering upon the cultivation of land on their arrival in a new country, it is not always expedient for them to do so. 

They must lay their account with serving an apprenticeship, so to speak, for a limited time, till they acquire that invaluable prerequisite, colonial experience ; and when such experience can be acquired in the employment and at the expense of others, it is certainly much better to acquire it in that way than in any other. In short, although certain evil disposed persons, both in the colony and at home, have been endeavouring to magnify the difficulties and inconveniences that presented themselves to the emigrants per the Fortitude, on their arrival at their destination, these inconveniences and difficulties have been of a very light description after all, and not to be mentioned in the same day with those that have been experienced by emigrants at the outset of a settlement almost everywhere else.

I have heard of several young men who went out as adventurers per the Fortitude, who obtained eligible employment immediately on their arrival, and who have written home to their friends in England in the highest terms respecting their situation and prospects. I cannot yet know how  it has fared with most of the other individuals and families who constituted the corps of emigrants by that vessel ; but three cases, of which I have heard particulars, may serve as a specimen of ; what may be done in the country by men of general intelligence, activity, and perseverance.

Mr. Alfred Slaughter, a draper in the neighbourhood of Covent-garden, London, emigrated with his large family of nine or ten children per the ship Fortitude. His wife died on the passage out, after the birth of a still-born child ; but Mr. Slaughter had taken out his aged mother, on whom would devolve the care of the younger children. He had consulted me, before leaving this country, as to the disposal of his stock in trade, which he was desirous of getting rid of entirely. 

I recommended him by no means to sell it at an under-value, but rather to take out with him such part of it as would not bring a reasonable price here. He did so accordingly, and found on his arrival at Brisbane that he had brought his goods to an excellent market. The only place he could obtain for a store or warehouse in Brisbane was a loft, to which, the only access was by a ladder ; and in this situation Mr. Slaughter sold off his stock, at a good profit I believe, in eight or nine days after his arrival. The ladder was no objection to intending customers, and there was no shop-front wanted.

On disposing of his stock, Mr Slaughter formed one of a deputation to spy out the land, with which he has expressed himself highly delighted. On ascertaining that there would be about 50,000 head of sheep and cattle boiled down for their tallow alone in the district during the current year, and finding that there was no person to look after the hides, Mr. Slaughter commenced a small business in the way of fell-mongering and tanning, and wrote home for his brother, who it seems, is a proficient in these  branches, to make the best of his way out to him with all convenient speed ; and a party of ten or twelve persons, including the personal friends of  Mr. Slaughter's brother, have accordingly been endeavouring to arrange for their passage out to Sydney by the ship Clifton. 

Mr. Slaughter had in the meantime gone to Sydney, where, through letters he had carried out with him, he had been able to establish a credit with the colonial banks for his own business at Brisbane, and he obtained an agency at the same time for the disposal of flour in the district for a mill at Sydney, and for a factory at Parramatta. He was, therefore, on the highway to independence. 

A Mr. Taylor, who had also been in business in London, and who emigrated per the Fortitude, has also written home to his friends that he has  established himself in business in the colony with the best prospects. His wife had been the fore-woman in a factory for the manufacture of a patent article of general use in London, and an agency has been established in favour of Mr. Taylor for the disposal of that article, which it seems is in demand in the colony.

Mr. Deacon, another emigrant per the Fortitude, has given an account of his own situation and prospects at Brisbane in a letter recently published in the Banner, having established himself in business there as a saddler, while his wife carries on a business also in millinery and dressmaking. Mr. Deacon was about to enter a Baptist college at Bristol, as a candidate for the ministry in this ; country ; but his health failed him, and the medical men told, him that if he remained another winter in this country, he would in all likelihood die. He is now in vigorous health in the genial climate of Moreton Bay. Let these instances suffice for the present for the family of Croakers. The undertaking, of which the expedition of the Fortitude was the commencement, has not proved a failure by any means.—I am, Sir, your most

obedient servant.


The arrival of the Fortitude



The Susan, which schooner, as we stated in our last, was chartered for the Government service, has made two trips between the Bay and Brisbane during the past week. The immigrants were all landed
from the Fortitude, upon Moreton Island, near the Ship Patch, and, as was anticipated, the fresh air and provisions had a most beneficial effect upon them. Capt. Wickham and Dr. Ballow visited the 
island on Wednesday last ; and being satisfied that the majority of the passengers were in a healthy state, the Police Magistrate gave directions for commencing their removal to Brisbane forthwith. The 
Susan requiring some trifling improvement to fit her for bringing up passengers, will not be ready to return from Moreton Island before Monday, when she will bring up the first draft of the immigrants. By this arrangement those persons who are at all sickly will be left, to the last, and thus have the full
benefit of the sea air. It will probably be three weeks before the whole of the people are brought to Brisbane, with their luggage and goods.; for some of the newcomers have brought out merchandise on
speculation, in one instance, we believe, to the extent of twenty tons.

Taking into consideration the very peculiar circumstances under which these immigrants have come out to the colony, a very excellent resolution, has been adopted by the Police Magistrate, at present on his own responsibility. It would be a cruel thing, and an everlasting disgrace to the colony, if these confiding strangers, who have come here in the full belief that they would have opportunities
of bettering their condition, should be forced by the apathy of the Government into modes of life incompatible with their habits, and foreign to their reasonable expectations. 

Pending, therefore, the instructions of his Excellency the Governor upon this subject, the immigrants will be permitted to form a temporary village on some of the slopes running parallel to the chains of water-holes in the neighbourhood of York's Hollow. They may there erect dwellings for themselves sufficient for all present purposes, and will have opportunities of making themselves, to a certain extent, acquainted with the customs and peculiarities of the colony, before they are called upon to elect their future course. It is to be hoped that no obstacle will be thrown in the way of this arrangement, and that the Executive Government at Sydney will be less disposed to enforce strictly the letter of each regulation with regard to Crown lands, than to remember that a respectable and valuable class of
persons have been brought to the colony without any present charge upon its revenue. 

Such of the immigrants as may avail themselves of the temporary convenience offered to them, will not be permitted, under present circumstances, to produce vegetables for sale, on the ground
occupied by them, should they remain there long enough for such a purpose; as it would not be fair to suffer them to compete with the purchasers of land around the settlement, until the circumstances of their case are determined upon.

If it shall be decided that the demands of the light of purchasers of crown lands to the extent of the passage money paid. The aggregate amount paid by the Fortitude's passengers to Dr. Lang was over
£2,000 ; and, as that sum only amounted to two-thirds of the expense of forwarding the immigrants to this port, it must be admitted that a most important saving of immediate expense to the Government has been effected.

If amongst the passengers there be any who are not in a position to maintain themselves until they obtain employment, they will be kept on the government rations, and provided with accommodation
in the old barrack, until they engage, at I which they must do at the current rate of wages. 

We are informed that amongst these people there are at least thirty or forty young men, who are ready and anxious to engage at once as bush servants. In all probability there may be more than that number and the settlers should not allow a day's delay to occur in transmitting their instructions to their agents in Brisbane. 

The good consequences of the quick engagement of all -the Artemisia's passengers will be rendered nugatory, if there should be the least delay in the engagement of those who have now arrived.
According to Dr. Lang's letters, the second shipment may be hourly expected, as it was to be despatched in a month or six weeks after the Fortitude. 

It must surely be unnecessary to point out the vital importance of a good reception of these immigrants, to the general interests of the district. As we gather from Dr.Lang's letters that the next vessel, and each succeeding one, is to be forwarded under the auspices of the Colonial Land
and Emigration Commissioners, there will be less difficulty in making arrangements for the temporary accommodation of the passengers on their arrival, than has been experienced in the present

In the meantime, the proprietors of land in Brisbane and Ipswich would do well to build, if they regard their own interests; and it would be exceedingly advisable that Mr. Merewether should be
violently shaken by the shoulder, or some other means adopted in order, if possible, to awaken him to a sense of the absolute necessity for the erection of an Immigrant Depot without further delay. The local Immigration Agent has received notice to vacate the Hospital, and, if active steps are not immediately taken by the Executive Government to provide for the persons expected, some of them will certainly be dependant upon chance for a place of shelter on their arrival.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Friday 19 January 1849 p 3 Article
Abstract: (From Bell's Weekly Messenger, September 16.) WE copy from a contemporary the following deeply interesting account of the departure of this vessel 

He was owed a sum from someone who went bankrupt
The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893) Saturday 22 December 1849 p 2 Article
... : Commercial B ink, £183 144. 3.1. ; Alfred Slaughter, £34

The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Saturday 7 July 1849 p 3 Advertising
... Purchaser of SHEEPSKINS and HIDES; also, all descriptions of Station TALLOW. ALFRED SLAUGHTER.

The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Saturday 14 July 1849 p 3 Article
... colony lies for signature at the office of Mr. Alfred Slaughter, Queen-street, North Brisbane. OCCUPATION

The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Saturday 9 March 1850 p 1 Advertising
... Papers taken in. ALFRED SLAUGHTER presents his thanks to the Inhabitants of Moreton Bay for the shar

His business then appears to have failed, and he became insolvent, but was granted discharge in 1851.

The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893) Wednesday 24 July 1850 p 2 Article
... INSOLVENCY PROCEEDINGS. NEW INSOLVENT. JULY 19.-Alfred Slaughter, of Kangaroo Point, Moreton Bay ... 48 words

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 15 May 1851 p 2 Article
... THERKY. CERTIFICATES. The certificates of discharge granted by the Chief Commissioner to Alfred Slaughte

He then commenced business as an Auctioneer and Commission Agent and advertised as such.

Classified Advertising
The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Saturday 21 January 1854 p 3 Advertising
... . AUCTIONEER AND COMMISSION AGENT. ALFRED SLAUGHTER, ¿"UNR., BEGS to inform the inhabitants of Brisbane and ¡ts .

The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861) Tuesday 20 December 1859 p 1 Advertising
... the Business lately carried on by Mr, ALFRED SLAUGHTER. The premises are situated at the corner of ... of that patronage which he was favored with during his continuance, in Inisines«. ALFRED SLAUGHTER

He then began a long career with the Queensland Building Society as its Secretary

He sought election to the board of the Hospital 

The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Saturday 5 April 1862 p 2 Article
... tuoy are now making to remedy the present unfortunate state of affairs. ALFRED SLAUGHTER,


The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Thursday 15 May 1862 p 2 Article
... Air. Gardner seconded,.the appointment of Mr. Alfred Slaughter, sen., as Secretary. Mr. Oliver ... 12
The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Wednesday 28 May 1862 p 1 Advertising
... , SEVERAL ALLOTMENTS of LAND in one of the best and pleasantest situations ia town. Apply to ALFRED ... SLAUGHTER, Sen., Office of Building Society No 4.

The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Saturday 18 April 1863 p 4 Family Notices
... Rev. J. H. Fletcher, Wesleyan Minister, Alfred Slaughter, senior, to Emma, eldest daughter to

He remarried in 1863  

His mother in law died in 

·         The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Saturday 13 January 1866 p 4 Family Notices
·         ... . Ann Wacey, in her 88th year, mother-in-law to Alfred Slaughter, Senior, Esq., of this city. .

·         The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Monday 2 September 1867 p 2 Family Notices
... of the bride, Edward Slaughter, of Kyanawan, Tingalpa, to Sarah Eliza, eldest daughter of Mr. Alfred ... Slaughter, jun., of Sandgate

There was a marriage between cousins?

Alfred Slaughter
Record Type:
Event Date:
17 Dec 1829
St George Hanover Square

His brother Thomas was living in Brisbane then moved to the country.  A Thomas Slaughter married Maria Grant in 1867.

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Wednesday 2 November 1864 p 6 Advertising
... received instructions from Mr Thomas Slaughter, Sen., who is leaving Brisbane, to sell by public auc ... 5609 words

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 21 September 1867 p 1 Family Notices
... -woomba, by the Rev. J. W. Brown, Thomas Slaughter, of Brisbane, and formerly of Charing, in Kent, to   ... 240 words

Alfred Slaughter, the post master at Sandgate was the son of Thomas Slaughter.

·         The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Monday 8 September 1873 p 1 Advertising
·         ... ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the WILL of ALFRED SLAUGHTER, the elder, late of Kiendwah, Tingalpa, in the ... that PROBATE of the WILL of the above named Alfred Slaughter, the elder, deceased, may be grant

Also mentioned was his nephew Alfred Slaughter Junior,  the postmaster at Sandgate

The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Wednesday 22 January 1862 p 2 Article
... tho farm was, Mr. R. Cribb asked Mr. Alfred Slaughter to go with nie. He did go with me, and I ... : Alfred'; Slaughter, jun., was' next examined, and corroborated tho evidence of de-fendant as to going

Alfred Slaughter Junior and a court appearance.

A letter to the paper regarding just who did bring the first sugar cane to Queensland


 Thomas Slaughter appears to have married Mary Tye in Kent, as per the birth record for Alfred.

The family were non-conformists, which matches the relationships with Dr Lang's choice of settlers.

Alfred Slaughter
Birth Date:
5 Apr 1822
Birth Place:
Charing, Kent, England
Event Type:
Thomas Slaughter
Mary Tye
Piece Title:
Piece 4664-2: Dr Williams' Library Registry, Birth Certificates, 1820-1824


There had been another marriage of a Thomas Slaughter to Matilda Bale in 1861.  (Nephew?)

That Thomas Slaughter was mentioned for deserting his wife and children.   

Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861) Friday 12 April 1861 p 2 Family Notices
... , by the Rev. B. G. Wilson, B.M., Mr. Thomas Slaughter, of North Bris-bane, to Miss Matilda Bale
The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Wednesday 21 January 1863 p 2 Article
... , for leaving their horses and carts unprotected in the street. DESERTING HIS WIFE.—Thomas Slaughter ...

Personal recollections

But one of this Thomas Slaughter's grandsons, became a very important person in the history of Brisbane.  His signature was on my very first employment letter in 1963.

He was none other than James Cameron Slaughter.   He was the son of Ernest Ebezener Slaughter who died in 1937  Ernest was the son of Thomas Slaughter and Matilda Bale.

21 Jan 1937 - OBITUARY
Jan 31, 2013 - Arthur Slaughter Blackall 1937 Ernest Ebenezer Slaughter Thomas ... The late Mr. Slaughter had also re- sided at Cairns and Thursday Island, 

James Cameron Slaughter from his Biography

James Slaughter, n.d.

Slaughter, James Cameron (1902–1982)

This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, (MUP), 2012
James Cameron Slaughter (1902-1982), town clerk, was born on 16 August 1902 at Thursday Island, youngest of five children of Brisbane-born Ernest Ebenezer Slaughter, plumber, and his Scottish-born wife Jessie, née Cameron. Reared in Brisbane mainly by his mother, a strong-minded, determined woman, Jim attended Petrie Terrace State Boys’ School before starting work at 14 with the Ithaca Town Council, Brisbane. He began accounting and other studies, while absorbing the practical aspects of council administration. Promoted to senior clerk by the age of 21, he had passed the examinations of the Local Clerks Board, receiving his certificate of competency as a local government clerk. In 1923 he was appointed shire clerk of Inglewood Shire, responsible for financial and office management, oversight of the outdoors workforce and advice to council. He completed his accountancy and secretarial studies, becoming an associate-member of the Federal Institute of Accountants and of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries of Joint Stock Companies & Other Public Bodies.
Moving to Gatton as shire clerk in 1926, Slaughter cleared its administrative and financial problems within a year. On 20 August 1927 in Sherwood Methodist Church, Brisbane, he married Ida Muriel Taylor. Appointed town clerk of Coolangatta that year, he found the office in chaos, a large sum of money misappropriated and council operations at a standstill. Ten years there, followed by four years as town clerk of Bundaberg, not only confirmed his trouble-shooting wizardry but also revealed his capacity for forging productive partnerships with mayors and senior councillors. He was able to simultaneously initiate major infrastructure projects while managing day-to-day activities with great skill.
Meanwhile, in 1939, after six years of seriously deficient management under Brisbane’s Labor lord mayor, Alfred Jones, the Forgan Smith government overhauled the Brisbane City council’s standing committees and administrative structure. Next year Brisbane’s newly elected Citizens’ Municipal Organization lord mayor, (Sir) John Chandler, selected Slaughter, aged 38, from an Australia-wide field of twenty-seven candidates to become the city’s new town clerk and city administrator. Slaughter moved swiftly; he identified and resolved crucial problems, boosted professional staff morale and proved his worth despite innumerable complexities and constraints, including the outbreak of World War II with its massive civilian mobilisation.
By 1942 Brisbane’s municipal services were stretched almost to breaking point, with the city hosting tens of thousands of Australian and American servicemen, including General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters. Chandler’s policy focus on essentials, supported by Slaughter’s implementation skills, enabled the council to manage without further State government intervention. In the early postwar years, the council was hard-pressed to satisfy demand for services deferred during the war and the preceding Depression; returned servicemen were marrying in huge numbers, creating unprecedented demand for new housing and amenities. Despite severe inflation and materials shortages, Chandler and Slaughter adjusted policy settings as needed. Slaughter was outstanding in negotiating favourable infrastructure outcomes with developers of new housing estates.
Defeat of Chandler’s team in 1952 saw Brisbane’s progress virtually halted for nine years. Slaughter consolidated his dominance over senior staff, but lacklustre leadership by two mayors, Frank Roberts and (Sir) Reginald Groom, retarded further development of services. In 1961 the election of the Labor lord mayor Clem Jones led to an era of extraordinary progress. Jones’s dynamic and imaginative leadership, supported by Slaughter’s experience, guidance and restraining influence, provided Brisbane with much needed sealed roads, plentiful water, sewerage, new parks and municipal swimming pools, with minimal rate increases. The Jones-Slaughter partnership was as crucial to Brisbane’s progress in the more prosperous 1960s as that of Chandler and Slaughter in the impecunious 1940s. When Slaughter retired as town clerk in November 1967, Jones kept him on for four years as executive adviser for special development projects. He had been appointed CMG in 1963.
Slaughter was among the first officials to advocate improving public administration in Queensland through the introduction of appropriate university courses. In August 1950 he initiated the creation of the Queensland division of the Institute of Municipal Administration. Its foundation president (1950-57), he understood that institute meetings and conferences provided valuable opportunities for town and shire clerks to discuss problems of municipal administration. He also supported research-oriented bodies such as the Queensland division of the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, and actively promoted the publication of histories of Queensland and Brisbane local government: R. H. Robinson, For My Country (1957) and G. Greenwood and J. Laverty, Brisbane 1859-1959 (1959).
Of average height and well built, somewhat distant and aloof on initial acquaintance, Slaughter projected an aura that commanded respect. As town clerk, ‘JC’ mostly conducted himself with great formality, always addressed lord mayors as ‘my lord mayor’, and was held in awe by all administrative colleagues. Conscious of the town clerk’s traditional role as a leading member of the community, he joined several of Brisbane’s top clubs, and mixed in business and sporting circles. For recreation, he played golf and bowls. An enthusiastic rugby league football player in his younger days, in 1963 he was named a life member of the Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club. He helped to establish Lang Park as Queensland Rugby League’s home ground in 1957 and served (1963-77) as the inaugural chairman of the Lang Park Trust. In 1977 he was made a life member of the QRL.
Widowed in 1980, Slaughter died on 16 October 1982 in South Brisbane and was cremated with Anglican rites. His son and daughter survived him. After Charles Chuter, he was the second most eminent figure in twentieth-century Queensland municipal administration.

Select Bibliography

  • G. Greenwood and J. Laverty, Brisbane 1859-1959 (1959)
  • J. D. Tucker, Aspects of the Brisbane City Council’s Administrative Organization (1973)
  • J. R. Cole, Shaping a City (1984)
  • J. Laverty, ‘John Beals Chandler’, and D. Tucker, ‘J. C. Slaughter’, in B. Shaw (ed),Brisbane: Corridors of Power (1997)
  • Brisbane City Council, Annual Report, 1940/41-1967/68
  • Courier Mail (Brisbane), 11 Oct 1971, p 3
  • 18 Oct 1982, p 8
  • Daily Sun (Brisbane), 19 Oct 1982, p 7
  • private information and personal knowledge.

This was City Hall when I first started work in 1963.  The beautiful concert hall inside was packed in July 1969 when we all stopped to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon! 

We never really met with JC, but we did with the Lord Mayor Clem Jones.  My first job was a "plucker".  Instead of pulling chicken feathers, it was pre-punched cards to create Electricity Accounts. 

Brisbane City Council was one of the first businesses to install 40 column punch cards, and  an ICL computer. 

It was called a "558".  Before we had an EMP, (Electronic Multiplying Punch.  Way back in the dark ages!

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