Brisbane South Sudanese community photographs, 2010-11

Referendum rally, December 2010. From 30852, Brisbane South Sudanese community photographs. Photographer: Hamish Cairns. Image in copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 30852-0002-0002

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan, in East-Central Africa, formally obtained their independence after the results of a referendum showed an overwhelming 98.83% voted for separation. The referendum was held several months earlier in January with ABC News reporting that of the 27,000 southern Sudanese living in Australia, approximately 9,000 were eligible to vote. A … Read more

Queensland Places – Gulf of Carpentaria – Commonwealth Lightship Carpentaria

Commonwealth Lightship Carpentaria. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 129656

Lightships were used in various locations in Queensland as an effective means to protect shipping from the dangers of reefs or shoals, or as general navigational aids.  They were to prove an effective and cheaper alternative to lighthouses or beacons especially where these were not able to be built.  As part of the Commonwealth’s responsibility … Read more

Back to Yamsion Day

Past pupils Lloyd Priebbnow, Othni Priebbnow and seated Betty White attended the day, October 2017.

During October this year the residents of the Yamsion district forwarded an invitation to State Library and the Queensland Memory team to attend their Back to Yamsion Day. Prior to receiving the invitation, I had not heard of the township of Yamsion or any of the other settlements referred to by the organising committee as … Read more

Protect Your Luv Against AIDS

Protect Your Luv. From 3248 AIDS Posters and Artefacts. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This poster was produced for the Australian AIDS campaign by Student Initiatives in Community Health, a service funded by the Commonwealth government. S.I.C.H. came to an untimely end in 1992 after a satirical piece published in their magazine Catalyst which advocated such activities as “go barefoot inside and outside”, “eat your gardens” and “assassinate the pope”.  Those … Read more

World AIDS Day

AIDS : Queenslanders care. Poster from the launch of the Queensland AIDS Archive, 1992. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been held annually on December 1 to raise awareness in the fight against the spread of AIDS and HIV. According to UNAIDS, there were approximately 36.7 million people around the world living with HIV in 2016 with an estimated 35 million deaths from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of … Read more

The Green Monster

At one point it seemed as if nothing could stop the invasion of Australia by prickly pear. The area infested in Queensland was immense,  stretching from Mackay to the New South Wales border, and huge tracts of land were abandoned as graziers and farmers were driven off their properties. By the early 1920s “The Pear” infested 60 … Read more