One of the more exciting events to take place in June was the launch of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame located in the John Oxley Library Reading Room.
The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame recognises the contribution business leaders and leading businesses have made to the economic development of Queensland. It connects the researcher to stories about Queensland’s development – its economy, industries, services, businesses and organisations over the last 150 years up to the present day.
A joint initiative of the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation and Queensland University of Technology Business School, the Hall of Fame has inducted several business leaders and businesses since its launch in 2009.
21 Hall of Fame inductees are honoured in the space, including Golden Circle Limited, Bundaberg Distilling Company, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Castlemaine Perkins, Steve Irwin and the late Clem Jones AO.
The State Librarian Lea Giles-Peters said the Hall of Fame helped the State Library to acquire more business records which are of vital importance to researchers of Queensland’s history.
“These people have made a significant contribution to Queensland’s development and economy, in a wide range of business pursuits,” Ms Giles-Peters said.
“The unveiling of this space is an acknowledgement of the value of business to Queensland’s communities.”
Visitors to the Hall of Fame can view digital stories about inductees in a newly designed story booth and discover related collection material held in the John Oxley Library.
Visit http://leaders.slq.qld.gov.au to find out more.
Digital story booth
lampshades featuring images of Hall of Fame inductees
Hall of fame display case
Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AO addresses guests
Guests at the launch of the Busness Leaders Hall of Fame
Viewing stories via Ipad in the digital story booth
The selection of Hall of Fame nominees is based on the following criteria: leadership which has sustained or significantly enhanced the Queensland economy; major financial contributions to the Queensland economy; pioneering the establishment of our modern economy or of an industry; outstanding contribution to the reputation of the Queensland economy; achievement of iconic status as a leader, a business, a product or brand.
Simon Farley – John Oxley Library