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Murray Island Fisheries Ltd Photographs

These photographs were taken in the early 1930s. Comprises: black and white photographs and photograph postcards. Some photographs have sepia toning due to aging, inferior photographic paper, or poor photographic development at the time or a combination of these. They are not sepia photographs. Some have captions on the reverse of the photographs. Titles in square brackets assigned by processing archivist.
1.Holding netful of sardines, from left to right, Tetor Loko, Mataika Maza, Josiah Baud, and Sabau Dau, Dowar Island.

  1. Hands scooping up sardines from net; left: Sabau Dau's; right: Mataika Maza's.

  2. Sabau Dau holding net full of sardines, Dowar Island. Mataika Maza's right hand.

  3. [Hauling Net in, from left, Sabau Dau, Nanai Gesa, Tetor Loko, Mataika Maza, and Alo Tapim Snr].

  4. Hauling Net in, from left, Sabau Dau, Nanai Gesa, Tetor Loko, Mataika Maza, and Alo Tapim Snr.

  5. The "Troubadours" at Murray Islands, Jack Williams who saw a city for the first time yesterday is in the stern of the small boat. [Photograph postcard]

  6. [Group of men on the beach off loading planks of wood from a dinghy]

  7. Fisheries Employees, Mataika Maza, Manai Gesa, Sabau Dau, Alo Tapim Snr., Taken at the back of Murray Island.

  8. Fish traps (North Eastern end of Mer).

  9. [Men in water with dinghy]

  10. The lugger "Nera" off northern side of Dowar (opposite camp).

  11. Thursday Is. loading sardines for Java

  12. The tiny lugger, Vera, which was the only means of communication, taking five days to make the trip from Murray Islands to Thursday Island, Murray island, Queensland. [Photograph postcard].

  13. Murray Island. Native holding basket of sardines.

  14. [Man holding up a lobster, Non-indigenous man standing behind]

  15. Hauling net into flattie on the completion of the catches.

  16. Carrying fish in baskets from boat on northern beach of Dowar. Mer in the distance.

  17. Netting fish near Wyer, Wyer.

  18. [Men in the water standing near dinghy with fishing net attached]

  19. [Five men in the dinghy, rowing]

  20. Shewing [sic] company's transport vessel.

  21. Hauling net into flattie Dowar Island, From left to right Sabau Dau, Mataika Maza, Tetoe Loko, Josiah Baud.

  22. [Large ship at dock, Torres Strait Islands]

  23. Sardines on beach after haul.

  24. [Three small fish in the palm of a persons hand].

  25. Sardines caught in a mesh of net after haul.

  26. [Men standing near dinghy loaded with cargo].

  27. [Two men carrying cargo along beach].

  28. [Men standing at the back of the dinghy using a fishing net].

  29. Beach on Northern side of Spit, (Dowar Island).

  30. Beach Northern side of Dowar. Recently landed luggage. Company's flattie on beach.

  31. Look-out on Lugger.

  32. Look-out on the Lugger.

  33. "Melbidir" at Thursday Island.

  34. Trubador leaving Murray Island [Photograph postcard].

  35. Loading sardines at Thursday Island for Java.

  36. Borobudur Temple Java Indonesia [Photograph postcard]

  37. [Rice terraces in Indonesia] [Photograph postcard].

  38. Rice paddies in a terraced arrangement]

  39. [Rice paddies]

  40. [Women washing clothes in conduit running down the middle of a street]

  41. [Women washing clothes in canal]

  42. [Women washing clothes in canal]

  43. [Stately building]

  44. [Women washing clothes in canal]

  45. [Photograph of building behind trees]

  46. [Stately building]

  47. [Sailing boat on water. Other boats in background]

  48. [Steam boats in harbour]

  49. [Line of wooden sticks protruding from the sea]

  50. [Line of wooden sticks protruding from the sea]

  51. [Close-up of wooden sticks protruding from the sea]

  52. [Six men sitting and drinking aboard a sailing boat. Next to a pile of fish?]

  53. [Line of wooden sticks protruding from the sea]

  54. [Men at boatyard examining sail]

  55. [Sailing boats – dhow – on the ocean]

  56. [Underside of jetty with fishing net attached]

  57. [Construction site. Building materials foreground]

  58. [Two men inspecting sail]

  59. [Agricultural activity]

  60. [Agricultural activity]

  61. [Moored boats]

  62. [Moored boats. Village huts behind]

  63. [Two men standing in dinghy]

  64. [Steam ship on water]

  65. [Steam ship]

  66. [Steam ship]

  67. [Agricultural activity]

  68. [Large bundle of wicker/straw material]

  69. [Bundles of wicker/straw material]

  70. [Bundles of wicker/straw material]

  71. [Bundles being hoisted aboard ship]

  72. [Men under the jetty]

  73. [Man holding fishing net below jetty]

  74. [Man in white uniform standing beside boardwalk]

  75. [Narrow dirt road between wooden buildings]

  76. [Man standing in boat with fishing net]

  77. [Agricultural activity]

  78. [Group of Murray Islanders in traditional dress]

  79. [Group of Murray Islanders in traditional dress]

  80. [Man holding model boat]

  81. [Group of eight men, women and children]

  82. [Man holding child. Thatched shelter in background]

  83. Native Feast, Torres Straits [Postcard depicting a group of Islanders at a communal gathering]

  84. Native Dance, Torres Straits [Postcard depicting group in traditional dress]

  85. [Islanders boarding a boat and preparing to sail]

  86. [Boat – Sedney A36 – on the water with passengers on board]

  87. Wedding feast, Murray Island 1929 [Large gathering of Islanders at a meal]

  88. Welcome party on beach in front of Teacher’s Residence, Murray Island on arrival Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, Governor of Queensland on Melbidir II. Recognizable [in the photograph]:
    • Sergeant of Police Kaikai Modee (dec’d)
    • Lui Bon (in Scout Uniform) Thursday Island
    • Police Constable Mabo Mopwale (dec’d)
    • Police Constable Josiah Baud (dec’d)
    • Police Constable Benny Mabo, Murray Island
    • Meb Salee (Boy’s Scout Uniform) Murray Island

  89. King’s Birthday Sports gathering in old school grounds, Murray Island: Buildings: Left – Government Teacher’s Residence, Centre – Medical Aid Post, Right – School

  90. School children, Murray Island. Teachers –1. Alick Passi (dec’d) 2. Daisy (Ansey) Lui, Coconut Island 3. Bakoi Baud, Murray Island

  91. Girls at ball game – Las Bay, Murray Island. From right – Mena (Doboro) Bennyfather, Murray Island; Annie (Loko) Tapim, Thursday Island; Kamazi Wag (dec’d); Godai (Baruna) Williams, 76 Oxley St. Acacia Ridge, Brisbane; Mabigee (Kaumi) Bon, Thursday Island; Dalena (Barsa) Mataika (dec’d); Bakoi Baud, Murray Island; Kabay Sambo (dec’d) (Umpire); Wais (Ansey) Pearson, Yorkey’s Knob; Gagree (Bon) Sailor, Thursday Island; Emily (Agale) Ah Mat, Thursday Island; two at extreme left unrecognisable.

  92. Native women from Mer on north side of Dowar Island.

  93. Murray Island employees (except white boy sitting in front) [postcard]

  94. King’s Birthday Sports gathering on old school grounds, Murray Island. Umpire – circled in centre with white shirt sleeves and white trousers, Lage Jacob Gabey then Chief Councillor and Senior Assistant Teacher. Buildings: Left – Government Teacher’s Residence, Centre – Medical Aid Post, Right – School

  95. Two Murray Islanders. One on left is half caste [sic]

  96. [Two Islanders. One young man and one elderly man]

  97. Three Murray Islanders [two young men and one young woman]

  98. [Two men standing outside traditional hut]

  99. Two native girls employed by the company [two Islander women]

  100. Native girls employed by the company in packing etc. [From left]: Liz?, Wagi, Kamazi, Malina]

  101. [As above]

  102. Factory workers from left to right: Dalena (Barsa) Mataika (dec’d); Kamazi Wag (dec’d); Dobam (Mataika) Odo, Murray Island; Jessie (Omey) Sagigi, Murray Island; European visitor; Elizabeth (Geas) Tom, Murray Island; Wagi Tabo (dec’d), Gagree (Bon) Sailor, Thursday Island; Mobee (Tabo) Savage, Kubin, Moa Island.

  103. At Dowar Island near fisheries buildings. From left to right: Bending (unrecognisable); Alo Tapim Snr (dec’d) holding Company’s mascot “Bargain”; Geede Williams, Yorkeys Knob; Peter Tapau Snr (dec’d) white lavalava; Spear Sambo (dec’d) facing camera; Mataika Maza, Innisfail; Jack Ansey, Murray Island, white tee shirt; Tom Tapau, Murray Island, white athletic singlet & lavalava; Morey Ghee, Murray Island.

  104. At Coconut Island. Left to Right: Jalag Bob, Coconut Island Councillor; Gordon Bright, European; Lui Bon, Government Teacher Coconut Island now Thursday Island; Visitor, European, Nev Lyons; Olandi Pearson, Chief Councillor, Coconut Island.

  105. Josiah Baud (dec’d) standing by flattie on beach Dowar Island

  106. On board Troubadour. Back from left: Wagi Tabo (dec’d); David Debewale (dec’d); Sabau Dau (dec’d); Alo Tapim Snr. (dec’d); Bob Ghee (dec’d); David Williams, Thursday Island; Josiah Baud (dec’d). Front: Back to camera (unrecognisable).

  107. On board Troubadour. Background: Tetor Loko (dec’d) sitting on rails facing camera; Joe Jib, Murray Island (leaning against mast facing camera). Foreground: Dobam (Mataika) Odo, Murray Island, holding baby Mamuru Tapau (dec’d).

  108. Jack Williams – half caste – holding fish up caught in tow line.

  109. Fish caught on tow line [two men on fishing boat – one holding fish, other with back to camera]

  110. Fish caught on tow line on Troubadour

  111. Bob Ghee (dec’d) holding King Fish on deck Troubadour

  112. Sabau Dau looking for sardines Dowar Island

  113. Type of Murray Islander

  114. Gedee Williams – half caste company’s cook on Dowar Island

  115. Fisheries Employees, Dowar Island. Back row from left: Mr. Turner (European) standing; Kabere Doo, Murray Island; Sabau Dau (dec’d); Mr. Fletcher (European); Tetor Loko (dec’d); Tapim Bennyfather, Murray Island; Morey Ghee Murray Island (up coconut tree); Timothy Debewale (dec’d); Jack Ansey, Murray Island. Centre left to right: Bob Ghee (dec’d) standing; Gordon Bright (European); Fred Kropp (European) Thursday Island; Mick Tuesley (European); Jim O’Connell (European); European visitor; Kay (European); David Debewale (dec’d); Murray Islander (unrecognisable) Front row left to right: Dalena (Barsa) Mataika (dec’d) kneeling; Waid (Ansey) Pearson, Yorkey’s Knob; Kamazi Wag (dec’d); Wagi Tabo (dec’d); Geede Williams, Yorkey’s Knob, Alo Tapim Snr. (dec’d); Elizabeth (Geas) Tom, Murray Island; Daisey (Ansey) Lui, Coconut Island; Dobam Odo, Murray Island; Gagree (Bon) Sailor, Thursday Island; Jessie Sagigi, Murray Island; Bakoi Baud, Murray Island.

  116. In foreground: Akaline Bowie, Coconut Islander. Background: (in shirt sleeves and lavalava) Lui Bon then Government Teacher, Coconut Island chatting with visitor (unrecognisable) off vessel Troubadour.

  117. [Four girls standing on a verandah in background. Man in foreground]

  118. [Group of children sitting on verandah. Man standing against tree in foreground]

  119. [Four men leaning against railing on boat]

  120. [Man standing in front of hut wearing white apron and chef’s hat, carrying a bowl]

  121. “Nurmi” the captain’s steward on S.S. Pasi[?] loaned to [illegible] on voyage to Bagan Si Api Api (Chinese)

  122. [Young Islander girl wearing white dress]

  123. [Man sitting in doorway of shed]

  124. [Man (European) sitting on bench top inside building]

  125. Mr. O’Connell and Turtle. End of Spit, Dowar Island

  126. [Five men (European) sitting outside traditional shelter] (2 copies)

  127. Circa 1929 [Eight men dressed in suits standing on jetty next to steam boat]

  128. [Coastal cliff formations]

  129. [Coastal cliff formations]

  130. The coconut grove with black cliffs behind

  131. [Cliffs covered with scrub]

  132. [Coastal cliff formation, Waier Island]

  133. Rounding the end of Waier Island, to come in to the bay

  134. Portion of coastline, Dauar Island

  135. [Man leaning down to touch cormorant on beach]

  136. Company’s transport vessel

  137. Portion of coastline, Dauar Island

  138. Corrugated iron building on stumps]

  139. [Coastline from the water. Several buildings visible]

  140. A view from Tur-Paser Gardner’s resting place on hilltop overlooking Government and Mission buildings at Beur Murray Island

  141. Log on Dauar Island. Washed up from Fly River in New Guinea [man standing atop log]

  142. Murray Island Cutter Tagai at anchor, Deo Murray Island. Gelam Hill in background

  143. Mer [Island] in distance [photograph taken from shore showing dinghy in foreground and sailing boat behind]

  144. View of the company’s buildings

  145. [Elevated view of Island]

  146. [Rocky coastline]

  147. Dowar Mountain meeting sea on northern side

  148. Dowar Island showing mountain and spit, where factory stands. Eastern end of Dowar is cut out

  149. Right is Dowar Island, left is Wyer Island. Circa 1929

  150. Dowar Island as seen from Mer. Fishery sight at right end. Circa 1929

  151. Dowar Mountain meeting the sea on the south side of Dowar

  152. [View of sea through palm trees]

  153. Eastern end of Dowar Island and the whole of Wyer Island

  154. Netting fish near Wyer

  155. [Cliff rock formations]

  156. [Coastal cliff formations]

  157. Mer Island

  158. The village on Mer, seen from height on Mountain

  159. Murray Island native woman preparing a feast from sardines given them by the Company – surplus of haul

  160. Ah Mat (Singalese cook) and Gordon Bright at temporary kitchen on northern side of Dowar

  161. Fish in baskets. Baskets average 100 lbs

  162. Sun drying sardines in trays, Dowar Island. People in picture unrecognisable

  163. Canning of sardines in factory, Dowar Island. From left to right: Back to camera (unrecognisable); Kamazi Wag (dec’d); Wais Ansey) Pearson, Yorkeys Knob;
    European (visitor); Nev Lyons (European); Unrecognisable (Islander); Bob Ghee

  164. [Islander men working with fish]

  165. First batch of sardines canned at Murray Island. Packing shed showing behind [group of seven men in picture]

  166. View from top of Dowar Hill looking towards Fisheries Building at Giar Pit. Troubadour at anchor off-shore

  167. Sun drying sardines in trays at Giar Pit, Dowar Island. Murray Island in distance

  168. Laying down concrete foundations for Fisheries Buildings at Dowar Island. From left to right: Gordon Bright (European); Sabau Dau (dec’d); Mick Tuesley (European); Esaka Ghee (Murray Island); Jim O’Connell (European) In foreground (bending): David Williams, Thursday Island

  169. [Wooden stick structure on beach with island in distance.] (Photograph has been double-exposed)

  170. Old school playgrounds. Buildings: Left – Teacher’s residence; Centre – Medical Aid Post; Right - School

  171. Fish drying (Dowar) showing thicket protecting drying site, [photo taken] from factory from north western [aspect]

  172. Temporary kitchen. Mr Fletcher, acting cook. Note skeleton of factory

  173. Factory – in course of erection

  174. [Incomplete factory]

  175. [Traditional hut]

  176. Skeleton of factory. Native men at work. Mer in distance

  177. Freshly caught sardines in fisheries flattie, Dowar Island

  178. Sun dried sardines in baskets at fisheries building, Dowar Island

  179. Fish drying near the packing shed, Dowar

  180. Fish drying on trays. The ground has been levelled. Note the sea sand in foreground. The trays are on the western side of the factory. The lugger [ship] is on the Mer side
    of Dowar, i.e. the north side

  181. Clearing sight [sic] for factory from Dowar Island and looking towards thicket, which is
    a short distance from end of spit

  182. At the end of Spit, Dowar Island

  183. Preparing and cleaning of ground for drying trays at Dowar

  184. Factory – in course of erection

  185. Factory – Dowar Island

  186. [Traditional hut]

  187. [Piece of coastline showing beach and hillside]

  188. [Postcard showing interior of hut including bed and desk]

  189. [Traditional hut]

  190. Fish drying on trays

  191. Giar Pit, Dowar Island showing fisheries buildings at left and Island employees quarters to the right

Books by Graeme Thiedeke

This file has a list of books written by Graeme Thiedeke from 1957 to 2019; sample of his project books; and incomplete samples of his books.

Thiedeke, Graeme, 1942-

Project summaries

The file comprises summaries for the contents that were in the boxes of architectural plans Graeme Thiedeke sent to the Fryer Library as well as descriptions about each project. Summaries that accompanied the rolls of plans are in this file.

Heather Thiedeke Group

Single residences in Mexico and Australia; and Churches.

This file contains supplementary documents for various churches and single residences in Mexico and Australia. Most photographs that were with the documents have been housed separately in an album. This file includes information on: SMA housing for locals; 47 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach; St. Kevins Catholic Primary School; Taylor Residence; Thiedeke residence; Fairway Housing, Carrara; Salt Residences, Kingscliff; Maryland Avenue, Carrara; Residence, Maxville; Unbuilt residence; 'Rise' Units; Hope Island Golf Course Houses; Keefe Residence, Paradise Waters; St. Vincent's Church, Surfers Paradise; Aquinas College, Southport; Wedding Chapel; and Archibishop's chapel. Previously housed in two hole ring binder folder labeled "Book 5 : Single residences (Mexico), Single residence (Australia), Churches : supplementary documents".

Master planning and Public relations

This file contains additional information of the various projects Thiedeke was involved in. It includes plans, drawings, newspaper cuttings, articles, promotional brochures as well as biographical information. Previously housed in two hole ring binder folder labeled "Book 6 : Master planning, Public relations : supplementary documents".

Photographs for single residences in Mexico and Australia; and Churches.

This file contains b&w photographs and colour photographs included with supplementary documents for single residences in Mexico and Australia; and churches. This file includes photographs for: various residences in Mexico; Taylor Residence; Display home on Palm Meadows Estate, Carrara; Thiedeke residence; 47 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach; St. Vincents, Surfers Paradise. Previously housed in two ring binder folder labeled "Book 5 : Single residences (Mexico), Single residence (Australia), Churches : supplementary documents". Some photographs are three or four photographs on one sheet of photographic paper.

Photographs for Master planning and Public relations

This file contains additional information of the various projects Thiedeke was involved in. There are 26 photographs, some pasted onto paper or card related to the supplementary documents. Previously housed in two hole ring binder folder labeled "Book 6 : Master planning, Public relations : supplementary documents".

Australian projects : churches, galleries, schools, hotels, resorts, home units

This file contains supplementary documents for various non-residential Australian projects. Originally housed in a four punch ring binder with "Book 4 : Australian projects : supplementary documents : master plans, commercial, churches, galleries, schools, hotels, resorts, home units" on cover. This file is for churches, galleries, schools, hotels, resorts, and home units projects previously housed in Book 4. Comprises: St. Vincents Church, Surfers Paradise (1985); Uniting Church, Tweed Heads (1985); Tweed Portrait Gallery, Murwillumbah (1998); St. Kevins Primary School, Benowa, Gold Coast (1979, 1983); Administration Library Humanities Building Bond University, Gold Coast (1989); Gold Coast Casino Proposal for Arthur Earl/Robina Consortium (1981); All Hallows School, Auditorium and Gynasium, Ann Street, Brisbane (1982); Proposed Hotel, Hope Island (1997); Proposed 325 Bed Room Hotel, Surfers Paradise; Settlers Cove Resort Hotel (2001); Half Moon Bay Resort, Cairns (2003); Redcliffe Bowls Club; Cudgen Creek Facility; Residential Village / Resort Hideaway @ Currumbin (2007); Sugartown, tourist facility, Condong, Murwillumbah (1985); Nikko Tourist Facility, Merrimac (1988); Fantasy Ritz Hotel, Hope Island (1991); Four resort concepts, Gold Coast (1980s); Key Pacific Resort, Burns Point Ferry Road, Ballina (1984); Panorama Unit Resort Development, Tweed Heads West (1984); Hope Island Town House Development; Resort Development Mooloolaba; Atlantis Apratments, Admirality Drive, Paradise Waters; Proposed development of 43 time share units, Terranora Lakes Country Club, Bilambil Heights (1983); 'Rise' Residential Village, Terranora (2010); Kuji Prestige Home Units, Paradise Waters, Surfers Paradise (1986); Ocean Royale, Gold Coast (1990); High-Rise Apartment Main Beach Parade (2000); Apartment concepts (1997); 6 home units, 243-245 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach (1984); Units, 3567 Main Beach Parade, Southport (1989); Duplex Units (Champion's retreat), Hope Island (1992); Mountainview Estate, Area B. (east) Cluster Housing (1988).

Australia projects - Residential

This file contains supplementary documents for Australian residential projects. Originally housed in a four punch ring binder with "Book 2 : Australian projects - Residential : supplementary documents" on cover.

Comprises: Profile on The Heather Thiedeke Group from Queensland Property Report (1988); Salt Residence (2004); Currumbin Hill Residence (1985); Residence, 47 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast (1987, 1989, 1990); Riverland Residence, Maryland Avenue, Carrara, Gold Coast (1981); Fairway Housing, Palm Meadows (1987); Residence Terranora, Tweed Heads (1979); Thiedeke Residence, Carrara (1983); Hebel prefabricated house (1992); 'Neverwood' - Eco residential village - development plan, Hallidays Point (2000); Display Home, Earl Hill (1996); The Hacienda, Palm Meadows, Carrara (1987); Display Homes, Magnolia Grove (1998); Residence, Beechwood Drive, Riverleigh (1996); Sanctuary Cove Display (1997); Sanctuary Cove Residence (1996); Riverleigh Gardens Villa designs (undated).

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