Thinking About Innovation

A very important lifestyle  innovation.

Dr Kathy Mackey, Manager of the Queensland Academies, will be undertaking a Smithsonian Fellowship in 2015 as part of her ongoing research into how the cultural and education sectors can partner more effectively in order to influence the development of design thinking as a more explicit form of inquiry based pedagogy across all areas of … Read more

Kurilpa Ideas Forum


The recent change in government in Queensland has created an exciting opportunity to revisit plans for the future of West End.  The new Labor Government has scrapped the coalitions Draft Master Plan: Time for fresh ideas. With this in mind, Kurilpa Futures is holding a workshop May 17, to which all are invited, particularly those with an … Read more

Glass House Mountains family pays the price

Gilvear family L to R: Marion (later Mrs Jack Barr), William, Christina (nee Smith) and Christina (daughter - later Mrs Alec Barr), Nettie (Mrs Norm Wilson) and Thomas Gilvear Senior. The photograph was taken when Thomas was home from WW1, discharged for 'family reasons'.

Guest blogger: Vicki Shapcott, Heritage Library Leader, Sunshine Coast Council Over 57,000 Queenslanders enlisted in the ‘Great War’ from 1914 to 1918.  For many, their adventurous spirit and laughter were never to be experienced again in Australia. Such is the story of the Scottish born Gilvear family of Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast.  Before war … Read more

The Gallipoli Campaign in the William Glasgow Letters

Major William Glasgow.

For the past few months I have had the privilege of arranging the World War I letters of Sir William Glasgow which were being prepared for digitisation.  Major General Glasgow was the highest ranking Queenslander to serve during World War I, rising through the ranks to become the commander of the 1st Australian Division.  He served at Gallipoli and on the … Read more

New Accession: Dr Errol Solomon Meyers Collection

E.S. Meyers, 1906

The John Oxley Library has received a fascinating and very comprehensive collection regarding the life and medical career of Dr Errol Solomon Meyers.  The collection includes photographs, correspondence and publications by and about Dr Meyers, a talented and ground-breaking surgeon, a gifted educator, and a founder of the medical school at the University of Queensland. Errol … Read more