Podcast: Democracy – is Queensland different? (A night in the JOL)

The thin edge : ' you've found them out, now vote them out', Vote Labor. c.1929. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

The quest for good governance and the preservation of hard won democratic principles have been preoccupations for much of Queensland’s political history. But is our experience of democracy in some way different from that of other states? At SLQ’s most recent Night in the JOL Ian Townsend put the question to political journalist, turned academic … Read more


Rocky Mail rail disaster at Traveston 1925, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 13824

FRIGHTFUL RAILWAY ACCIDENT MOST SERIOUS IN QUEENSLAND. Disaster to Northern Mail A disastrous railway accident, the worst in the history of the Queensland railways, occurred at an early hour this morning to the Rockhampton mail train which left Brisbane last night. The smash took place at about 2 o’clock on a bridge across Traveston Creek, about … Read more

Podcast: Preserving our built heritage (A night in the JOL)

Illustration of the Barcaldine Shire Hall and Office from the Allom Lovell Architects collection

Listen to architects Richard Allom and Desley Campbell-Stewart in conversation with ABC journalist Ian Townsend discussing the preservation and continued use of Queensland’s heritage buildings. How can we best harness their future potential while respecting and appreciating them as icons? Richard, a pioneering specialist heritage architect, established his practice in 1976 and Desley became a … Read more

Podcast: The Medical Front (A night in the JOL)

Medicos from Queensland played significant roles during the First World War. The John Oxley Library features holdings such as the Marks Family Papers, which include the letters and photographs of three brothers who served as doctors throughout the bloody conflicts of Gallipoli and the Western Front. Captain A.G. Butler from Kilcoy, Regimental Medical Officer with … 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

Podcast: Johnstone Gallery (A night in the JOL)

Brian and Marjorie Johnstone with Margaret Olley. From SLQ collection

The Johnstone Gallery operated in Brisbane from 1950–72, a seminal time in the development of an audience for contemporary art in Australia. The gallery represented major Australian artists including Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan, Donald Friend, Arthur Boyd, Ray Crooke and Margaret Olley.   Gallery owners Brian and Marjorie Johnstone were well known for their friendliness, … Read more