Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery hosts SLQ exhibition

Painting 'Homeward Laddie' being installed at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Guest blogger: Jayson Althofer – Bolton Library Services Officer, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Over a century after squatters travelled between Brisbane and their stations on the Darling Downs, a major exhibition about their lives, lands and family fortunes has journeyed up the Range to Toowoomba. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is currently hosting a SLQ travelling exhibition, … Read more

Modern Queensland design

On 23 September, as part of the Night in the John Oxley Library series and in conjunction with the Hot Modernism exhibition, Robert Riddel and Eddie Codd joined Ian Townsend for a discussion on modern design in Queensland. The night’s discussions ranged from reminiscences of seminal design businesses West’s Furniture and the Craftsman’s Market, reflections … Read more

Housing a growing state

During WWII, the Federal Government introduced restrictions on the building and renovation of homes in Australia. A shortage in building materials and labour made development during the war a limited exercise. The increase in post-war population put further strain on the nation’s housing infrastructure. In 1946, Brisbane architect Robert Cummings estimated that there was a shortfall … Read more

Karl Langer Architectural Plans

Doctor Karl Langer, Brisbane 1950, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 196738

Karl Langer, architect, town planner, and landscape architect was one of the most influential Queensland architects of the 1950s. Born in Vienna, he was head architect in the Vienna office of Peter Behrens. Following the annexation of Austria, he came to Australia, together with his Jewish wife, art historian and critic, Gertrude Langer (1908-84), arriving in … Read more

Vale Blair Wilson

Brisbane architect Blair Wilson recently passed away, aged 83. Born in 1930, Blair began his architectural education in 1949, attending the Brisbane Central Technical College and the University of Queensland. He followed in the footsteps of his father Ronald Martin Wilson and grandfather Alexander Brown Wilson, who founded Wilson Architects in 1884. Blair was principal … Read more

Indigenous Languages Blog Launched

The State Library has launched a new Indigenous Languages Blog! This space will be a portal for State Library, IKCs, Indigenous Language Centres, Community Language Workers and others to share and network about Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The Categories for the Blog reflect some of the key themes for Indigenous languages: Resources, … Read more

Hot Modernism coming soon

State Library will be opening a new exhibition to the public on 9 July 2014. Hot Modernism: Building modern Queensland 1945-75 is the culmination of an ARC Linkage Grant with the UQ School of Architecture and will investigate Queensland’s modernist architecture post-WWII. The exhibition focuses on five key themes relevant to the period: Climate and Regionalism, Urbanism … Read more

Rare Torres Strait 1881 diary travels to Ballarat

Extract from Reverend James Tait Torres Strait Island Papers, State Library of Queensland, John Oxley Library, Image No. 29018-2v021r022 eliza tait diary

Guest Blogger: Patricia Tryon Macdonald, Co-Curator, For Auld Lang Syne, Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation; with contribution from C. Cottle, Digital Collections Curator, Queensland Memory One of the rarest treasures to be included in the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s forthcoming exhibition For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet … Read more