Getting Queensland content out there!

Ably supported by State Library staff representing the links between Queensland content, public libraries and Queensland communities, each workshop participant from the Hughenden and Charters Towers communities attending the training session was keen to build local content for publishing on the free online encyclopedia.

Participants with John Vendenberg, Siska Doviana and Librarian Michelle Swales


Participants, Siska and Michelle at Charters Towers Excelsior Library

 The Queensland regions that expressed an interest in the 2012 round of hands-on training included:-
• Tambo
• Quilpie
• Townsville
• Ingham
• Hervey Bay
• Gympie
• Hughenden
• Charters Towers
• Esk
following a pilot workshop in Miles, on the Western Downs in 2011 and sessions at slq in Brisbane.  

As a result several articles with new Queensland content are now online. Wikipedia is currently the 5th most searched website in the world with over 16 million hits per day. This exposure to content makes it an ideal source for getting content and local facts into the online community.

Did you know…

Mount Pieter Botte, also known as Nulbullulul, Alpaboolal (meaning big top), or Barbar (meaning elder sister)[2] is a mountain in the tableland region behind Cape Tribulation in Far North Queensland.

Wilfred Knight & Walter Mason (in hat) view Mount Pieter Botte in 1935

The Royal Bull’s Head Inn (historical property) is located in Drayton. It is currently managed as a trust property by the National Trust of Queensland.

Royal Bull’s Head Inn, Drayton (South of Toowoomba) n.d.



The Ryerson Index is an on-line index of death notices from Australian newspapers, past and present, compiled by the Sydney based non-profit organisation Ryerson Index Incorporated.



The annual Mary Valley Art Festival is a three-day festival event held in the rural village of Imbil , near Gympie in South East Queensland, Australia during the month of July.

2010 Mary Valley Art Festival



The former Excelsior Hotel on the corner of Gill and Church Streets, Charters Towers was built in 1887 by William Gough. Nearly destroyed by fire in 1995, the building was re-constructed and houses the library, the Charters Towers and Dalrymple Archives and a rehearsal and memorabilia room for the Excelsior Band. A section of the building is named “The Florence Fitzgerald Room”, a former leaseholder of the hotel for a period from 1947 to 1987.

Excelsior Library 2012



Albert de Lestang (1884-1959), a French-Australian botanist cultivated more than 1,000 plant species in his garden and property “Adel’s Grove”, in the Gulf of Carpentaria by 1939. His gathering of seeds for identification extended from 1925 with most being collected between 1938 and 1953. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens has a collection of 536 different seed species provided by de Lestang.



All these facts were added by Queensland authors attending the “wikimedia” workshops in 2011-2012. Check out the full stories on Wikipedia !