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New premises for Link-Up

Elizabeth Fa’Aoso (left) and Tania Schafer attend the opening of Link-Up’s new premises.

 Elizabeth Fa’Aoso (left) and Tania Schafer at Link-Up’s opening Indigenous Resource Officers, Tania Schafer and Elizabeth Fa’Aoso from the State Library of Queensland’s Heritage Collections Unit attended the opening of the new Link-Up (Qld) Aboriginal Corporation premises on the 28th November 2008. Link-up’s new address is 54-56 Peel Street, West End Brisbane.  Free call 1800 200 855 … Read more

Queensland Post Office Directories, 1868-1949

Qld Post Office Directory, 1868

Recently Heritage Collections’ staff conducted an in-house training session in the John Oxley Library about the Queensland Post Office Directories and the many ways in which they can be used for historical research.  The main points are outlined below. These directories were published in Queensland from 1868 to 1949, and were the equivalent of the present-day telephone books.  They … Read more

Visitors from Shanghai tour the State Library

Director of Client Services and Collections Vicki McDonald and Heritage Collections' librarian Simon Farley show Mr Li Daolin, Ms Zhu Shufen and Mr Zhao Liang the first volume of John Gould's Birds of Australia

Director of Client Services and Collections Vicki McDonald and Heritage Collections’ librarian Simon Farley show Mr Li Daolin, Ms Zhu Shufen and Mr Zhao Liang the first volume of John Gould’s Birds of Australia. Heritage Collections’ librarian Irene Sourgnes opens the concertina-folded pages of artists’ book Plastic Surgery by Guan Wei. Shanghai Library is the largest library … Read more

Recent blog updates

Visitors to this blog may have noticed some changes in the sidebar area. You can now subscribe to a comments feed, which augments the existing feeds for blog posts and the State Library of Queensland website news. (Help with RSS feeds is available.) Also available now is a monthly archive, listing links to posts published each month. This should … Read more

2008 – The Year of the Scout

His Royal Highness Edward, Prince of Wales, inspects Boy Scouts, Warwick, 1920

2008 was officially declared the Year of the Scout, and this year also marks 100 years of scouting in Queensland.  The John Oxley Library holds numerous items documenting the history of Queensland scouting.  Searching Picture Queensland using the term ‘scouts’ will retrieve images of scout buildings, gatherings and people, including this image of His Royal … Read more

Tracing the History of Your House

House design, ca. 1945

The John Oxley Library holds a wealth of information for anyone tracing the history of their house.  Resources held include real estate maps, post office directories which list streets and residents, photographs, newspaper clipping files, local histories and publications about domestic architecture. House design, ca. 1945.  Image No: 126920 Anytime you begin the house history journey … Read more

What is this structure across the Brisbane River?

Cross-river structure between Auchenflower and West End ca. 1918

These two photographs from the John Oxley Library’s collection show a structure crossing the Brisbane River between Auchenflower and West End. Is it the preliminary work for a bridge that never progressed to completion, or the laying of cross-river cables, or something else? These images will be featured on an upcoming segment of Channel Seven’s Great South … Read more

John Oxley Library Collection Familiarisation Seminars Continue

Executive Manager, Heritage Collections, Louise Denoon providing an overview.

The John Oxley Library has continued its series of familiarisation seminars for groups of students, academic staff and others with an interest in the Library’s collections and services.  Executive Manager, Heritage Collections, Louise Denoon providing an overview.  Brian Randall of the John Oxley Library presenting collection items.  Participants viewing material on display. One of the … Read more