SLQ – a refuge from Black Friday (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

A recently digitised letter reveals that the Public Library of Queensland (formerly State Library of Queensland), was used as a place of temporary shelter on a day which was later dubbed ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Baton Friday’ at the height of the Brisbane General Strike of 1912. The strike started on January 18, 1912 after members of … Read more

A library in darkness (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

At the turn of the twentieth century, the issue of evening opening hours at State Library of Queensland (formerly Public Library of Queensland) was one that vexed regular patrons. This can be evidenced by letters of complaint sent to local Brisbane newspapers at the time about the inequity of access and discrimination of the working classes. … Read more

SLQ and the Spanish Flu (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

In 1919, the Spanish flu arrived in Australia. This flu pandemic resulted in the deaths of over 50 million people worldwide, including the lives of approximately 12,000 Australians. Despite quarantine restrictions the first cases of Spanish Influenza in Queensland were reported on May 3, 1919. The arrival of the pandemic saw the Royal Queensland Show … Read more

Library mutilation madness (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)

Public Library of Queensland in William Street, Brisbane, ca. 1933. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 42831

There’s nothing more frustrating when leafing through a library book to discover some selfish person has removed pages, rendering part of the work unreadable. For book lovers and librarians alike, this is nothing short of intolerable, anti-social behavior, but surely our grandparents and great grandparents were above this sort of thing….weren’t they? Sadly, this is … Read more