Queensland State and Local Election Photographs 2012

Cast your minds back if you dare dear citizens of Queensland, when we flexed our democratic muscles in the 2012 State election and delivered an unprecedented result in our sunny State’s history. And what about the numerous local elections held throughout Queensland in that same year, which mostly followed that voting trend?

28419 Hamish Cairns Queensland Election Photographs 2012

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The Great Debate. In 2012, Campbell Newman became the 38th Premier of Queensland. 28419 Hamish Cairns 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28419-0001-0002

The Great Debate. In 2012, Campbell Newman became the 38th Premier of Queensland. 28419 Hamish Cairns 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs

That hat, stockman's belt and cowboy boots! Bob Katter MP on the election trail. 28419, Hamish Cairns 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28419-0002-0001

That hat, stockman’s belt and cowboy boots! Bob Katter MP on the election trail. 28419 Hamish Cairns 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs

Election Officials visit Nursing Homes to collect votes from residents unable to vote on Polling Day. 28419, Hamish Cairns 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28419-0007-0001

Election Officials visit Nursing Homes to collect votes from residents unable to vote on Polling Day. 28419, Hamish Cairns 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs

As time has marched on, and as our pollies turned their minds to governing, the experiences of the 2012 elections have undoubtedly disappeared from our minds as quickly as Antony Green called the Queensland State election result.

28430 Dean Saffron Queensland Election Photographs 2012

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Bob Katter MP electioneering with locals at the local, 28430, Dean Saffron 2012 Queensland State Elections Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28430-0001-0002

Bob Katter MP electioneering with locals at the local, 28430, Dean Saffron 2012 Queensland State Elections Photographs

The wheels on the bus go, Former Premier Anna Bligh on the campaign trail. 28430, Dean Saffron 2012 Queensland State Elections Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The wheels on the bus go, Former Premier Anna Bligh on the campaign trail. 28430, Dean Saffron 2012 Queensland State Elections Photographs

Anna Bligh and Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (the beer drinking Rhodes Scholar). 28430, Dean Saffron 2012 Queensland State Elections Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28430-0002-0030

Anna Bligh and Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (the beer drinking Rhodes Scholar). 28430, Dean Saffron 2012 Queensland State Elections Photographs

In time; however, we may have cause to look back at the 2012 epic electoral battles, the campaign trails of the victors and vanquished, or the colourful characters of the Queensland political scene. That’s where we come in!

28431 Peter Fischmann Queensland Election Photographs 2012

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 Kate in the hot seat of Ashgrove. 28431 Peter Fischmann 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs 7-24 March 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28431-0001-0010

Every woman and her dog tried to keep Kate in the hot seat of Ashgrove. 28431 Peter Fischmann 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs 7-24 March 2012

The hoi polloi and sausage sizzles. It's as compulsory as voting. 28431, 28431 Peter Fischmann 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs 7-24 March 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28431-0012-0001

The hoi polloi and sausage sizzles. It’s as compulsory as voting. 28431 Peter Fischmann 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs 7-24 March 2012

Neither leader turned up to the tally room, but these wonderful ladies did! 28431 Peter Fischmann 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs 7-24 March 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28431-0016-0020

Neither leader turned up to the tally room, but these wonderful ladies did! 28431 Peter Fischmann 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs 7-24 March 2012

You may have already seen our drive for electoral ephemera and its value to the future researcher; but an equally powerful purveyor of history is the photograph.

28488 Gareth Manson Queensland Election Photographs 2012

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Press conference with Andrew Fraser minutes after casting his vote on election day for the 2012 Queensland State Election in Bardon Queensland. 28488, Gareth Manson 2012 Queensland Election Photographs 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28488-0001-0003

Press conference with Andrew Fraser minutes after casting his vote on election day for the 2012 Queensland State Election in Bardon Queensland. 28488, Gareth Manson 2012 Queensland Election Photographs 2012

Election signs and umbrellas, ella ella eh eh eh, for the 2012 Queensland State Election outside the polling centre at Rainworth State School in Bardon Queensland. 28488, Gareth Manson 2012 Queensland Election Photographs 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Election signs and umbrellas, ella ella eh eh eh, for the 2012 Queensland State Election outside the polling centre at Rainworth State School in Bardon Queensland. 28488, Gareth Manson 2012 Queensland Election Photographs 2012

Traditionally photographs have been used in research to corroborate or illustrate historical text. Yet photographs in of themselves are documents conveying a contemporary context and, as such, are a wonderful primary resource to draw from.

28493 Dean Saffron Local Election Photographs 2012

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Mayoral candidate Debbie Blumel outside the pre-polling centre at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Noosa Queensland 2012. 28493, Dean Saffron 2012 Local Election Photographs March 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28493-0001-0005

Mayoral candidate Debbie Blumel outside the pre-polling centre at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Noosa Queensland 2012. 28493, Dean Saffron 2012 Local Election Photographs March 2012

Making a point. Mayoral candidate Warren Blee in his pharmacy in Maroochydore Queensland 2012. 28493, Dean Saffron 2012 Local Election Photographs March 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28493-0001-0001

Making a point. Mayoral candidate Warren Blee in his pharmacy in Maroochydore Queensland. 28430 Dean Saffron 2012 Queensland State Election Photographs March 2012

Great shirt! Mayoral candidate Jim Hopkins at the Sierra Café Bar in Coolum Beach, Queensland, 2012. 28493, Dean Saffron 2012 Local Election Photographs March 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28493-0001-0010

Great shirt! Mayoral candidate Jim Hopkins at the Sierra Café Bar in Coolum Beach, Queensland, 2012. 28493, Dean Saffron 2012 Local Election Photographs March 2012

To that end, we commissioned a group of three marvellous photographers: Hamish Cairns; Dean Saffron; and Peter Fischmann, to capture those ‘moments in time’ around the state and local elections. We also acquired a collection from Gareth Manson.

28494 Hamish Cairns Local Election Photographs 2012

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Aussie Elvis, Dean Vegas, shaking rattling and rolling in the 2012 Mayoral race for the Gold Coast City. 28494, Hamish Cairns Local Election Photographs 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28494-0001-0008

Aussie Elvis, Dean Vegas, shaking rattling and rolling in the 2012 Mayoral race for the Gold Coast City. 28494, Hamish Cairns 2012 Local Election Photographs 2012

Eddy Sarroff doing the met and greet, for the 2012 Mayoral race for the Gold Coast City. 28494, Hamish Cairns 2012 Local Election Photographs 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28494-0005-0005

Eddy Sarroff doing the met and greet, for the 2012 Mayoral race for the Gold Coast City. 28494, Hamish Cairns 2012 Local Election Photographs 2012

It was raining cats and dogs on election day for the 2012 Gold Coast Local and Mayoral Election. 28494, Hamish Cairns 2012 Local Election Photographs 2012, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 28494-0008-0001

It was raining cats and dogs on election day for the 2012 Gold Coast Local and Mayoral Election. 28494, Hamish Cairns 2012 Local Election Photographs 2012

Their wonderful digital photographs, which are just as powerful aesthetically as they are as records and narratives, have entered the contemporary collections of the John Oxley Library and are available through our catalogue.

Have a squiz!

Zenovia Pappas – Contemporary Collecting Coordinator, State Library of Queensland