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Mittleheuser interns research the collections of the John Oxley Library

L - R Brisbane Girls Grammar students Eliza Woods and Caitlin Trout take the opportunity to look through original documents for a reference to a research topic.  Photograph by State Library of Queensland, June 2016.

For one week of the June / July school holidays, Year 11 students Eliza Woods and Caitlin Trout joined staff of the State Library of Queensland to learn more about the professional activities undertaken at State Library due to the generous donation by long time donor to Queensland Library Foundation, Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM. Eliza and Caitlin, … Read more

An Englishwoman in the Torres Strait, 1969-70 (Elaine Sinnamon collection)

Thursday Island from the air. View from Milman Hill, Thursday Island. Horn Island in the distance. 30394 Elaine Sinnamon Collection ca. 1969. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 30394-0001-0076

State Library of Queensland recently received a donation of images and other artefacts collected by a young Englishwoman during her time in the Torres Strait between 1969 and 1970. Elaine Sinnamon (nee Street) was born in Derbyshire, England in 1941. After training as a registered nurse in London, Elaine travelled to Australia in 1967 as one of … Read more

Indooroopilly Township, Brisbane, 1889 (Map of the Week)

Indooroopilly Township adjoining the Nelson Estate : for sale on the ground Saturday June 29th, 1889, at 2.30 p.m. sharp. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This Brisbane real estate map from 1889 is advertising over 288 allotments of land for sale at the Indooroopilly Township in the suburb of Indooroopilly. The allotments for sale were situated along Gordon Terrace, Salisbury … Read more

Trespass Posts

Entrance to old Cumbooqueepa the residence of Thomas Blacket Stephens South Brisbane ca. 1872. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg  20289

Guest blogger: Bill Kitson – Retired museum curator and co-author of Surveying Queensland 1839-1945 : a pictorial history It has been said and words have been written, that the boundary posts erected on the Town Boundary of Brisbane in 1852 were placed there to inform the Aboriginal people and the police that ‘no Aboriginal person was … Read more