Early rain-making experiments in Queensland

Battery of Stiger Vortex rainmaking guns at Charleville 1902. Clement Wragge on the right. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 85049

In Australia, water can be a scarce commodity, with various areas of the country suffering through prolonged droughts at times. Its no wonder then that several ‘cloud seeding’ (rain-making) experiments have been conducted in Australia. Here are the tales of two unsuccessful Queensland rainmaking experiments – Brisbane, 1882 In January 1882, advertisements began appearing in the … Read more

Vale Carol Lloyd

"Only A Matter Of Time", Railroad Gin (1974). John Oxley Library Collection, State Library of Queensland

This week Queensland lost influential singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd, who passed away in Brisbane after a long illness. Lloyd was part of Brisbane’s music scene during the 1970s as frontwoman of the band Railroad Gin. The band is best known for their 1974 single A Matter Of Time. The single reached the number 1 spot in … Read more

UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage – It’s your story – don’t lose it!

Film 1 / Scenes on Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait Islands: Frank W. Moorhouse Films 1930-1956 / SLQ Acc. 30149, item 1

October 27 marks the celebration of the World Day for Audio-visual Heritage in institutions around the world to raise awareness of the need to preserve audiovisual assets in our collections for current and future generations. The theme for this year is “It’s your story – don’t lose it!”. The Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Association … Read more

Sharing the stories from Maryborough

Last weekend (October 7 – 9) members of the Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum sector were given the opportunity to focus on the unique ways the sector is re-interpreting heritage experiences through storytelling. The South East Queensland Small Museums conference held in Maryborough brought together a diverse group of experienced practitioners who shared their insights and … Read more

SLQ acquires Australia’s largest collection of Bee Gees recordings and memorabilia

Scrapbook from SLQ's Bee Gees collection. Photograph State Library of Queensland

“Is Jackson Estate still there?” enquired the Brothers Gibb about their former home at Cribb Island during a press conference at Brisbane Airport prior to their 3 concert performances at Festival Hall in September 1974. Despite achieving international stardom, the Bee Gees had not forgotten their Queensland roots. The Gibb brothers emigrated to Queensland as … Read more