Library mutilation madness (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

Public Library of Queensland in William Street, Brisbane, ca. 1933. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 42831

There’s nothing more frustrating when leafing through a library book to discover some selfish person has removed pages, rendering part of the work unreadable. For book lovers and librarians alike, this is nothing short of intolerable, anti-social behavior, but surely our grandparents and great grandparents were above this sort of thing….weren’t they? Sadly, this is … Read more

Municipality of Townsville – 150th anniversary

Panoramic view of Townsville's North Shore ca. 1890. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image API-057-01-0007

On February 15, 1866, Townsville was declared a municipality by Queensland Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen, with a proclamation published in the Queensland Government Gazette on March 10, 1866. In November the previous year, 195 householders and landholders of Townsville petitioned the Queensland Government, requesting Townsville to be made a municipality – “The Petitioners state that … Read more

The Queenslander – 150th anniversary

Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, October 27, 1927. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of The Queenslander, a weekly newspaper much loved by researchers and family historians. The Queenslander was first published on February 3, 1866 by newspaper proprietor Thomas Blacket Stephens, who also owned the Brisbane Courier (which later evolved into The Courier-Mail). The Queenslander contained a compendium of the week’s news from … Read more

Mooloolaba Surf Carnival (1959)

Aerial photograph of a surf carnival at Mooloolaba Queensland March 1959. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 30044-0001-0001

Given the more than one million images held by the State Library of Queensland, it is not surprising that many amazing images don’t always get the attention they deserve. Important photographs are constantly being ‘rediscovered’ and when possible given a chance to reach a broader audience. This fascinating 1950s aerial image is one such photograph. … Read more

Applications open for seven research fellowships at SLQ

2015 Queensland Memory Awards

Researchers are encouraged to explore Queensland’s rich history with the support of State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships. Applications are now open nationwide for seven fellowships totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards. The Queensland Memory Awards comprise: John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts … Read more

New accession: Leonard Christian Williamson Photograph Album (1940-1950)


State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of published and unpublished resources relating to World War Two. The most recent addition to this collection is a photograph album donated recently by the descendants of Leonard Christian Williamson (1909-1950). Mr Williamson, a Staff Sergeant by rank, served with 3/14 Australian Field Ambulance. Born in Rockhampton … Read more