Old QT building goes from newspapers to kitchen and homewares

HISTORIC SITE: The elegant old Queensland Times building.
HISTORIC SITE: The elegant old Queensland Times building. Contributed

THE former Queensland Times building on Ellenborough St has certainly changed a lot over the years.

Once bustling with journalists and photographers, the site is now a haven for kitchen and homewares.

Owners of the store Gemütlich, Jim McKee and Diana Love, are the newest occupants of the historic building.

The couple recently moved into the building from their shop's previous location in the Ipswich Mall.

Before them, the space was occupied by Bridgeworks Employment and Training.

The distinctive building was originally the offices for the QT in 1888.

For 90 years, the newspaper was printed out of the premises until 1977, when business growth necessitated a relocation to its current site at 260 Brisbane St, West Ipswich.

Mr McKee said the building's location offered good retail exposure, situated at the busy Top of Town area.

He said he was interested in brightening up the building by painting the outside wall of the first storey with a street art mural.

"We've approached the owners of this building who have said they were interested in looking at proposals for the artwork," Mr McKee said.

As it is today, the old Queensland Times building on the corner of Brisbane and Ellenborough Sts in the Ipswich CBD.
As it is today, the old Queensland Times building on the corner of Brisbane and Ellenborough Sts in the Ipswich CBD. Rob Williams


Queensland's life and times on paper since 1859

THE Queensland Times was first published on July 4, 1859, under the name The Ipswich Herald.

It was launched by four partners - Walter Gray, H.M. Cockburn, Arthur Macalister - who later became the Premier of Queensland - and John Rankin.

The editor and publisher was Edmund Gregory who had come from the Sydney Morning Herald to manage the new paper.

Its first issue published the momentous news that Queen Victoria had agreed to establish a separate colony called 'Queensland'.

Within two years, Gregory left to join the Moreton Bay Courier - now known as The Courier Mail - and the paper was sold to three former employees of a rival newspaper.

The new owners - Hugh Parkinson, F. Kidner and J. Sloman - changed the paper's name to The Queensland Times on October 8, 1861.

"It is our wish not only to represent Ipswich and its neighbourhood but to represent the interests of Queensland generally," they stated.

In spite of its ambitious intention, it was the Ipswich region that The Queensland Times represented and the presence of a reporter from "The QT" became an institution.

Before motor vehicles were used, reporters rode out into the country on bicycles or made longer journeys by train.

For much of its life, the paper was a family affair. Many names have been associated with its ownership or operation for several generations including the Stephensons, Parkinsons, Kippens and Cooks.

The paper became a company, then joined with other regional papers to form Provincial Newspapers of Queensland, which was later changed to APN - Australian Provincial Newspapers.

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