Looking for Queensland: the poetry and magic of ephemeral evidence


Siganto Foundation Fellow Clyde McGill shares his thoughts as he begins a journey seeking to discover the changing elements that define Queensland. The river approach to the Library is my favorite, it seems to fit my Fellowship project, meandering along talking to people, watching the sky, stumbling, picking up stuff, so far 56 fallen mangrove … Read more

Captain James Victor Atkinson: 9th Battalion/49th Battalion

Captain J.V. Atkinson, Page 26 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 13 October, 1917.

Guest blogger: Ian Lang, researcher, Coorparoo Methodist Church Roll of Honour James Atkinson was the son of Henry Wallace Atkinson, a prominent city architect, and Martha Atkinson. The family address was “Martha Villi”, Cavendish Road, Coorparoo. James was born in 1893 and as a boy attended Coorparoo State School and then Brisbane Boys Grammar. James … Read more

ATSI Children’s Day celebrated with SLQ world heritage images, Boigu Island

Boigu Island children, Queensland, 1964, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image No. TR1791-0173-0096

State Library celebrates National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on 4 August 2015 with newly released digitised content from its world heritage collection, TR1791 Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islands Material 1964-1998 TR1791 .  Children’s Day celebrates the strengths and culture of  ATSI children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians … Read more

Restoring a Town’s Forgotten History of Service and Sacrifice

The Orderly Room is hidden is directly opposite the hall, behind the Royal Hotel. Photo from Pam Horstman private collection.

Guest blogger: Jeff Hewitt, Lowood History Group A community project underway in Lowood, west of Ipswich, aims to preserve a rare surviving example of military training infrastructure from Queensland’s colonial era, honouring the service and sacrifice of the district’s World War One and Boer War veterans. Lowood’s historic former ‘Orderly Room’ was built in 1895 … Read more

ATSI Children’s Day celebrated with historic Bloomfield River photographs

Children coming across the Bloomfield River to the Wujal Wujal Primary School Image No 7676-0001-1347

Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (4 August) with digitised images of the Bloomfield River / Wujal Wujal area from John Oxley Library collections.   Wujal Wujal Elders  have recently provided cultural clearance  for many images to go live in State Library’s catalogue One Search.   Historic photographs that provide unique views of school life, swimming in the … Read more