Our podcast is very much like the beginnings of the Queensland Railways in 1865 - a journey into the rich tapestry that is the story of Queensland. Since the colony and later the state of Queensland first came into existence, a story has been evolving in the background. A story of iron, and steel, of timber and tin and most importantly, people. When people think about the railway they think of the iconic images of the steam locomotives, rollingstock, railway lines and stations, but so much of our history is the result of the hard work and vision of people. Not only nearly 160 years ago – but even today.
Greg Hallam has been with Queensland Rail for 21 years, and has worked as a Historian for the organisation throughout the early part of the 21st century. Greg comes from a third-generation Queensland railway family. Greg undertook his first bit of historical research about the early years of the Queensland Railways as a UQ undergrad in 1991. As he commented a while back:
"Look, where that has got me?"
Greg has been active in the public sector's cultural heritage and community history for over 25 years. As a professional Historian, he has some published work behind him. He has been researching, interpreting and writing about the story of the railways in Queensland in one form or another throughout that period.
These days he plies his historical trade for Queensland Rail from Toowoomba, (“Our railway opening here in 1867”). Still he finds each and every day in his role for Queensland Rail, some unique little historical nugget that he never suspected or realised, that still makes his job fascinating.
Annette has been working at Queensland Rail for 14 years and is currently involved in what she’d describe as 'the nice and fluffy part of Queensland Rail' – Community Education.
As part of the Community Partnerships team, Annette visits kindergartens, schools and community groups to educate students on rail safety. The Community Partnerships team are also involved in community projects and supporting local charities.
"I currently deliver safety presentations to children in kindergarten. I love how enthusiastic the kids are about anything to do with Queensland Rail. I love that we can make a difference in the lives of Queenslanders. An added bonus is that I get to work with Greg, the ultimate character who has an answer for any left-field history questions I can come up with. When I am away from work, I spend most of my time with my family, my husband, and two children. My world definitely revolves around them. Between us, we are at some sort of extracurricular activity most days. I am also a dedicated park runner, completing over 200 runs to date and volunteering close to 40 times. It's the best way to start the weekend."
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Do you have a question?
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