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Reel Rescue

The Queensland Library Foundation’s 2018 Reel Rescue campaign sought support for the digitisation of vulnerable films in State Library of Queensland’s collection of more than 4000 films and videos, some dating from the early twentieth century. Through the generosity of donors, State Library has now digitised a total of 113 (8mm and 16mm) films. The … 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

Karl Langer Architectural Plans

Doctor Karl Langer, Brisbane 1950, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 196738

Karl Langer, architect, town planner, and landscape architect was one of the most influential Queensland architects of the 1950s. Born in Vienna, he was head architect in the Vienna office of Peter Behrens. Following the annexation of Austria, he came to Australia, together with his Jewish wife, art historian and critic, Gertrude Langer (1908-84), arriving in … Read more

Forgotten Australians: Micah Pilot Oral History and Digital Story Project

The services provided for Forgotten Australians through Micah Projects are based at Lotus Place. Lotus place is a dedicated support service and resource centre for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

“[f]ar from being simply complementary to each other, memory and history tell of very different relationships to the past than we can or do possess” – Dipesh Chakrabarty* “In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” – Czesław Miłosz This week marks Queensland Child Protection … Read more

Sharing stories from Multicultural Communities

“What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilisations and cultures, progress weakens life and favours death.” – Octavio Paz “Infinite diversity in infinite combinations… symbolising the elements that create truth and beauty.” – Commander Spock, Star … Read more

Snapping Dinosaurs

29351, Opening of Palmersaurus Dinosaur Park Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Photograph by Hamish Cairns

Whilst Clive Palmer might be raising hell with the carbon tax, there’s a roaring of a different kind at his Palmer Coolum Resort, Queensland. Canberra may indeed seem like a land before time, but if you want to see some “real” dinosaurs, head to Palmersaurus, the Dinosaur theme park at Clive Palmer’s Coolum Resort. Documentary … Read more

New acquisition: Amanda Gearing Queensland Flood Collection 2011-12

Amanda Gearing speaking at the handover event of her material at the State Library of Queensland, 2012

“I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable…” – T.S. Eliot: Four Quartets Personal narrative has been a powerful way we as humans have articulated the individual and collective experience. Through personal accounts we are able to share many experiences including stories of survival … Read more