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

Becoming death literate: grief, death, and end-of-life care in Queensland

Deathfest - Metro Arts foyer. Image courtesy of Metro Arts. Photographer Dave D’arcy

Late last year, Brisbane’s Metro Arts held its inaugural Deathfest – a weekend-long cultural event to explore and challenge our understanding of death, dying, and bereavement. As part of this, the State Library of Queensland’s Creative-in-Residence Matt Finch hosted a panel discussion with Fiona Hawthorne, general manager at the children’s hospice Hummingbird House; Ian Mellor, … Read more

Planting the Peanut in Kingaroy

Peanut silos at Kingaroy 1934, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg 199670

Guest Blogger: Caitlin Trout, 2016 Mittleheuser student internship  Kingaroy is an agricultural town that is the centre of Australia’s peanut industry. It is located in the South Burnett Region of Queensland, north-west of the state capital Brisbane. The town has rich volcanic soil, which is extremely fertile and has helped the agricultural industry in Kingaroy become … Read more

Anzac Day Today

Australian Air Force Officers at the war memorial on Anzac Day in Cairns, Queensland 2014. From 29485 Brian Cassey Anzac Day 2014 Photographs. CC-BY-NC. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This year marks one hundred years since the first Anzac Day Commemoration was held. Queensland’s Canon David John Garland, known as the ‘architect’ of Anzac Day, created the framework for Anzac Day services, which includes the Anzac Day march, wreath-laying ceremonies, church services, and the one minute’s silence. To mark the centenary of the First … Read more

Calling all nominations!

What comes round each year… …recognises excellence in library research… …celebrates the contribution of new knowledge… …and recognises the achievements of an individual or community group passionate about preserving Queensland history? You are correct! Applications and nominations for State Library’s 2016 Queensland Memory Awards and Fellowships is NOW OPEN. For the first time in several years … Read more