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Protect Your Luv Against AIDS

Protect Your Luv. From 3248 AIDS Posters and Artefacts. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This poster was produced for the Australian AIDS campaign by Student Initiatives in Community Health, a service funded by the Commonwealth government. S.I.C.H. came to an untimely end in 1992 after a satirical piece published in their magazine Catalyst which advocated such activities as “go barefoot inside and outside”, “eat your gardens” and “assassinate the pope”.  Those … Read more

World AIDS Day

AIDS : Queenslanders care. Poster from the launch of the Queensland AIDS Archive, 1992. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been held annually on December 1 to raise awareness in the fight against the spread of AIDS and HIV. According to UNAIDS, there were approximately 36.7 million people around the world living with HIV in 2016 with an estimated 35 million deaths from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of … Read more

The Green Monster

At one point it seemed as if nothing could stop the invasion of Australia by prickly pear. The area infested in Queensland was immense,  stretching from Mackay to the New South Wales border, and huge tracts of land were abandoned as graziers and farmers were driven off their properties. By the early 1920s “The Pear” infested 60 … Read more

The Go-Betweens: Right Here documentary features SLQ images

Grant McLennan and Robert Forster performing at Baroona Hall, Brisbane, April 28, 1978. From Paul O’Brien Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 29127-0028-0002

The 2017 documentary, The Go-Betweens: Right Here by director Kriv Stenders, delves into the history of the beloved indie group. The Go-Betweens were formed in Brisbane by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in 1977. The documentary uses several images from the State Library of Queensland’s Paul O’Brien collection to illustrate the Brisbane music and political scenes of … Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – The naming of some of the main streets

Douglas Street, Thursday Island, ca. 1895, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 121656

The area now comprising the central area of Thursday Island was originally called Port Kennedy, in honour of the former Governor of Queensland, Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy.  However, over time, the name Thursday Island became more commonly used as the alternative to the name Port Kennedy. The first formal land survey, with the laying out … Read more