As part of Queensland Week celebrations, the State Library of Queensland hosted the John Oxley Library Discovery Day on 2 June. This year’s theme was Queensland’s migrant heritage with a display of items from the historical collections of the John Oxley Library. These included old photographs, letters, diaries, maps, posters, books and more.
Part of this display focused on five specific migrant communities whose cultures have influenced our state – Greeks, Italians, Australian South Sea Islanders, Russians and Germans. During the day representatives from each of these migrant groups spoke about their community’s histories. They also reflected on their own personal experiences.
The guest speakers were:
- Bernadine from Società Dante Alighieri (Italian)
- Con from the Queensland Russian Community Centre
- Nasuven from the Australian South Sea Islander Secretariat
- Beulah from the Greek Orthodox Community of St George
- Jörn – German migrant and librarian
Experts from Queensland State Archives, National Archives of Australia and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection were also there on the day to answer questions about migrant research and their resources.
If you missed this exciting day you can still peruse the wonderful collections of the John Oxley Library by following the links below.
- Australian South Sea Islanders in Queensland
- Germans in Queensland
- Greeks in Queensland
- Italians in Queensland
- Russians in Queensland
Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland