New Book by Jane Lydon

An exciting new book is being launched at the library next week.  Entitled “The Flash of Recognition”, Historian Dr Jane Lydon has done extensive research of historic and contemporary photographs of Aboriginal people. Since 2008 Dr Lydon has examined thousands of photographs from Australian archives. The book includes more than 60 images taken from newspapers and journals, as well as the work of contemporary artists.

Flash of Recognition

Flash of Recognition


Dr Jane Lydon works in the Monash Indigenous Centre, at Monash University in Melbourne. Dr Lydon says “I’m driven by our colonial past and cultural exchange between Indigenous people and settlers and how this continues to shape Australian society now.”

The launch is open to the public. It will be held on Thursday December 13, 5:30pm at The Library Shop, Level 1, State Library of Queensland. The event will be hosted by our friend Michael Aird, who curated Transforming Tindale and is a photography expert in his own right. To RSVP to the event, go to;

You can make to visit to the library even more worthwhile by sticking around because directly after the book launch, we will have a special BL.INK event in the café. BL.INK is a session of spoken word performances as Indigenous creators share their stories, new works and dealings of blackness. This is the final BL.INK event for 2012 and will have a “black” Christmas theme.