Bloomfield River Oral Histories

Billy Burchill (interviewee). OH 55 Bloomfield River Oral History 1995. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Lauren Erikson – Project Officer, Indigenous Library Services, State Library of Queensland In 1996, Bloomfield Valley resident Camilla Darling conducted a number of interviews with local Kuku Yalanji elders and non-Indigenous settlers of the Bloomfield Valley, in an effort to document the rich and varied history of this remote rainforest region in Far … Read more

New accession: Leonard Christian Williamson Photograph Album (1940-1950)

State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of published and unpublished resources relating to World War Two. The most recent addition to this collection is a photograph album donated recently by the descendants of Leonard Christian Williamson (1909-1950). Mr Williamson, a Staff Sergeant by rank, served with 3/14 Australian Field Ambulance. Born in Rockhampton … Read more

New accessions: Portrait of Queensland’s 8th Governor, Lord Lamington

Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane- Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington G.C.M.G, 1895. Robert Duddingston Herdman (1863-1922). Oil on canvas, 74.5 cm x 62 cm. John Oxley Library, SLQ. ACC 29900

A recent addition to the art collection of the John Oxley Library is this fine portrait of Queensland’s 8th Governor, Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington (1860 – 1940). The portrait, purchased in June at an auction in the United Kingdom, is the work of Robert Duddingstone Herdman, a second-generation Scottish artist who … Read more

New Accession: Dr Errol Solomon Meyers Collection

E.S. Meyers, 1906

The John Oxley Library has received a fascinating and very comprehensive collection regarding the life and medical career of Dr Errol Solomon Meyers.  The collection includes photographs, correspondence and publications by and about Dr Meyers, a talented and ground-breaking surgeon, a gifted educator, and a founder of the medical school at the University of Queensland. Errol … Read more

New accessions: German New Guinea Photograph Album (Accession 29711)

S.M.S. Bussard at Matupi, 24 May 1896. Accession 29711: German New Guinea Photograph Album 1895-1896

This interesting new acquisition comprises a photograph album documenting a year in service of the German cruiser S.M.S. Bussard (November 1895 to November 1896) under the command of K. K. Winkler. The album contains 27 photographs of the ship, its crew, native villages and landscapes. The ship’s itinerary for the period covered in the album included places … Read more