SLQ goes to Hollywood

William Dawson. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 161299

Did you know three photographs from State Library of Queensland’s collection were used in a recent $35 million Hollywood blockbuster? ‘Saving Mr Banks’, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, depicts the making of Walt Disney’s 1964 adaptation of Mary Poppins, the beloved character of P. L. Travers’ children’s books. Travers (real name Helen Lyndon Goff) was born … Read more

Multicultural Queensland – History in Pictures

Chinese gold digger starting for work ca. 1860s. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 60526

August 22-30 is Queensland Multicultural Week, the state’s largest celebration of multiculturalism. It’s the perfect time to delve in SLQ’s historical collections of photographs, diaries, letters and more and explore Queensland’s diverse cultural landscape.  Below is a small sample from our digitised photograph collection. You can discover further images, as well as other collections via our One Search … Read more

5 Queensland scientists who you’ve (probably) never heard of

Botanist Frederick Manson Bailey. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 160401

For National Science Week 2015, let’s look back at 5 Queensland scientists who you might not have heard of. 5. Botantist – Frederick Manson Bailey (1827-1915) (The following extract is taken from E. N. Marks, ‘Bailey, Frederick Manson (1827–1915)‘, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, published first in hardcopy 1969, accessed … Read more

School spirit – the battle for the Cannon Hill State School swimming pool

Opening of the Cannon Hill State School swimming pool, 9 December 1922. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

August 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Cannon Hill State School. The school was officially opened on 16 August 1915. Surprisingly State Library of Queensland’s photographic collection contains only six historical photographs of the school, and all six proudly feature the school’s swimming pool which was opened in 1922. When you examine newspaper reports around the time … Read more

5 fabulous Queensland houses no longer with us

Roma Villa, a Brisbane residence ca. 1875. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 63319

Queensland has lost a number of treasured houses over the years due to redevelopment, neglect or natural disaster. Below is a handpicked list of 5 Queensland homes which have sadly not survived. The information about these former residences has been taken from the original descriptions that accompanied the photograph. If you can provide any further details please leave … Read more

What ever happened to “The Exhibition Punch”? (1878)

Front page of The Exhibition Punch, 23 August 1878. State Library of Queensland collection

SLQ’s collection contains numerous Queensland newspapers, magazines and other serials. Some of these publications ran for many, many years, while others fizzled out after a short run. A noteworthy example of a short-lived serial from our collection is The Exhibition Punch, which was published to coincide with the Brisbane Exhibition of 1878. The Exhibition Punch … Read more

Musgrave NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day of Celebration)

NAIDOC Day, Musgrave Park, 1995. Photo courtesy of Tania Schafer

This year NAIDOC was celebrating its twenty-four years at Musgrave Park.  As a long-term Indigenous staff member of the State Library, I have now attended twenty-one years of these Fridays (minus 2014 due to a motorbike accident). In 1994 three State Library staff members, Loris Williams, Kathy Frankland and I participated with a stall on … Read more