The State Library of Queensland is contributing to Historypin, a UK based photo sharing site that makes connections between place, time and story as photographs are ‘pinned’ to a map of the world. The purpose of Historypin is to help people to come together from across different generations, cultures and places, around the history of their families, streets, country and world.
Historypin lets you see the places where photos were taken, how those places look today, and share your memories and experiences by adding your stories to the photos. You can also use the Historypin smartphone app to take a modern replica of a photo on Historypin and ‘pin’ it to the map.
State Library of Queensland is one of the first Australian libraries to create a customised channel on Historypin where you can see all the photos we’ve pinned and collections and tours we have created. You can see our channel here and we invite you to explore the photos we have pinned and add your stories to them. You might even want to become a fan of our channel.
On our channel we’ve created a tour of Queen Street in Brisbane from 1859 to the present day, with almost all the photographs taken from the Edward Street corner looking up the Mall. This fascinating look at Brisbane’s main street helps mark the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Queen Street mall in 1982. We’ve also created a collection of photographs of Queensland regional towns, from Cooktown to Birdsville to Toowoomba and more.
Historypin is also creating a global interactive archive of The Queen’s visits and her Jubilee celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee by “Pinning the Queen’s History”.
In 60 years, the Queen has made 261 official overseas visits to 116 different countries. State Library has pinned some of the many photos of the first Royal visit to Queensland in 1954 to help tell the rich story of her overseas visits.
Why not explore Historypin and add your stories to our photographs there or take a modern replica of one of our photographs.
Margaret Warren – Coordinator, Discovery Services, State Library of Queensland