Wonderful Warana: Queensland’s Own Spring Festival

In a simpler and more innocent age Brisbane had the Warana Festival, a great annual Spring extravaganza which began in 1962 and included a 2 hour parade through the city streets featuring decorated floats, marching girls, entertainers, and bands, under the blue Brisbane skies.  Warana, which is an aboriginal word for “blue skies”, endured until the early 1990s … Read more

NEW ACCESSION: Survey, subdivision and estate sale plans for Glencairn Estate, Indooroopilly, 1920s-1960s

State Library of Queensland has recently acquired a set of survey, subdivision and estate sale plans for the Glencairn Estate, Indooroopilly: The estate lies between the Brisbane River and Harts Road, Indooroopilly. The entire area was owned, before subdivision, by Henry Cooke Morrow, the Managing Director of Morrows Ltd, confectioners and biscuit makers, whose large … Read more

New accession: Glen O’Malley Photographs, 1970-1978

30875, Glen O'Malley Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. In copyright

Accession 30875. A recent acquisition for State Library of Queensland’s Original Materials collection are two photographs by Glen O’Malley, a photographer from North Queensland. Glen has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1975. He has had over thirty solo exhibitions, including Ich Folgte Einfach Nur Den Stufen at Galerie Thorsten Billib, Berlin in 2004 and has … Read more

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State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of published and unpublished resources relating to World War Two.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