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

Climbing the Mountains

Guest Blogger: Peachester History Committee – Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes While those of us who live in Glasshouse Country may take them for granted, the Glasshouse Mountains have always been a focus of interest and speculation. Professor Michael Meadows from Griffith University is an avid mountain climber and scholar who has made a … Read more

Archibald Meston, the Colonial Frontier, and Queensland Museums Purchase Order 150

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

A talk was presented by Justyne Wilson at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum on February 11, aimed at uncovering the original biographical timeline or ‘life cycle’ of the objects and stories in the P150 Collection, which was sold to the Queensland Museum in the late 1890s by Archibald Meston, then Protector of Aborigines in Queensland.  The collection … 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

Q ANZAC 100 Fellowships

On the 26th September, CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright announced four Fellowships as part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation commemorations. The announcement was made at the Serving Country Forum. The four fellowships valued at $15,000 each are on offer in 2014 to fund research projects relating to Queensland’s role … 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

Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop February 2014

The State Library will be hosting an Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop from 24-26 February. Since 2009, State Library has conducted seven (7) Research Discovery Workshops – this represents over 150 participants researching 85+ Queensland languages! This event is aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working/have an interest in traditional languages … Read more

Australian South Sea Islander event – Bittersweet Queensland

Australian South Sea Islanders in traditional dress on Hamleigh plantation near Ingham Queensland ca. 1887. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 18054

Wed 21 Aug, 6pm | John Oxley Library, level 4, State Library of Queensland Free, bookings required 3840 7768 This year marks 150 years since the arrival of South Sea Islanders in Queensland. Today, more than 20,000 descendants identify as Australian South Sea Islanders and continue to enrich Queensland’s cultural diversity with their unique identity, … Read more

The House of Winston Blaker : business front and centre in a 1947 novel

Trams and other vehicles on East Street, Rockhampton, 1923, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 167977

Last month State Library hosted a fascinating symposium on Navigating our business history.  Generally sources for discovering the histories of commercial enterprises consist of official histories commissioned by businesses to commemorate significant anniversaries or dry collections of papers that no doubt contain much useful and interesting information but can only hint at the personal stories … Read more