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Collage of library and Indigenous Knowledge Centre staff at professional development programs

Are you a library leader or maybe you aspire to be one? State Library of Queensland is excited to offer an amazing professional development (PD) opportunity to Queensland public library and Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) staff. Library Leadership at all levels is a PD program that will support successful applicants as they build the skills, … Read more

Journal of the HMS Endeavour, 1768-1771.

“Holograph journal, written entirely in James Cook’s hand, of the voyage of H.M.S. Endeavour during which Cook discovered eastern Australia and circumnavigated New Zealand.” This somewhat innocuous description understates the significance of one of the highlights of the Spoken exhibition. James Cook joined the Royal Navy in 1755 and steadily advanced through the ranks. In … Read more

‘You won a piece of dirt … but that’s where the lottery part of it finished’: the joys and challenges of being a balloter

Guest blogger: Dr Jennifer Moffatt, 2018 John Oxley Library Fellow. Balloting was big in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The government wanted to increase agricultural production so needed more farmers 1. Balloting land removed the greatest barrier for those wanting to be farmers – the cost of agricultural land. Outside the large land development schemes … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Forty-Seven.

As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland This week’s word is ngundindari [pronounced ngun-din-dah-ree with ‘ng’ one sound] from the Mithaka language of … Read more