Welcome Ephraim Jose, art conservator and 2018 Mittelheuser scholar in residence

Eddie Jose teaching Bhutanese thangka conservation workshop participants. Image 2009, courtesy of Eddie Jose.

Guest Blogger Jennifer Loubser, Conservator, Preservation Services at State Library of Queensland In late November 2018 Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence Ephraim (Eddie) Jose will be teaching a masterclass here at State Library to art conservators from across Australia on the construction and use of traditional Japanese drying boards, called Karibari.  This event is special for … Read more

The sentient machine : the coming age of artificial intelligence (book)

Author: Amir Husain Whether it is self-driving cars, advancements in search engine technology, or the latest in voice-recognition software, AI, or artificial “machine” intelligence, is playing an ever-greater role in our daily lives. Yet the discussion around these recent advancements is largely polarised; some experts think that machines will solve most of humanity’s problems, while … Read more

First of thousands

In 1937 The Queenslander Annual described Queen’s Park as ‘An emerald setting liberally studded with multi-coloured flowers, Nature’s glowing gems (1st November 1937, p.38)’. In the foreground is the state’s first Boer War trophy, and behind it stands Australia’s first Great War trophy. The Courier Mail described the former as Victorian junk when, in March 1948, it was removed to the Queensland Museum.

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton.  Having escaped the combined grant-funded attentions of historians, archivists, librarians, conservators, academics and curators, Queensland’s (and Australia’s) first Great War trophy faces the prospect of another one hundred years of service as a garden ornament. During and immediately after the 1914 – 1918 war thousands of captured enemy cannons, mortars, machine … Read more

Amazon Australia launches local storefront for home-grown labels

A year after touching down in Australia, Amazon has launched a new fashion shopfront packed with Aussie labels and designers. Called The Local Fashion Store, the curated selection of over 150 brands includes players like Local Supply, Lorna Jane, Review, Gazman, Rip Curl and Crumpler. Head of Amazon Fashion Australia Angela Langmann says the new … Read more

Medicinal cannabis access to get a whole lot easier in Queensland

After the Federal Government made it legal to consume cannabis for medicinal purposes two years ago, significant strides have been made to make access easier. Serious developments in the research and cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes have been made by private and public companies in the years since. However, the issue of access remains … Read more

‘The system is broken’: government poised on small business fund

The Morrison government is flagging imminent action to ensure lending to small business continues as bank funding tightens further in the wake of the financial services royal commission. Small business minister Michaelia Cash told Fairfax Media the banks appear to have tightened their lending to smaller companies. “What is consistently raised with me is access to finance,” … Read more

Reengineering Retail : The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World (ebook)

Author: Doug Stephens Since the release of Doug Stephens’ first book, The Retail Revival, change in the global retail sector has accelerated beyond even the boldest forecasts. As predicted, online giants like Amazon and Alibaba.com are growing at a dizzying pace. Hundreds of well-known brick and mortar retailers have closed their doors, and brands and … Read more

Fourth time’s a charm: Will Lime be the bike sharing startup that works in Australia?

American electric bike company Lime has become the latest business to try its hand at making bike sharing work in Australia, launching a new scheme in Sydney last week. It comes after the spectacular failure of similar schemes in Melbourne and Sydney earlier this year, with three international businesses already having tried and failed to … Read more