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Brisbane South Sudanese community photographs, 2010-11

Referendum rally, December 2010. From 30852, Brisbane South Sudanese community photographs. Photographer: Hamish Cairns. Image in copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 30852-0002-0002

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan, in East-Central Africa, formally obtained their independence after the results of a referendum showed an overwhelming 98.83% voted for separation. The referendum was held several months earlier in January with ABC News reporting that of the 27,000 southern Sudanese living in Australia, approximately 9,000 were eligible to vote. A … Read more

Protect Your Luv Against AIDS

Protect Your Luv. From 3248 AIDS Posters and Artefacts. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

This poster was produced for the Australian AIDS campaign by Student Initiatives in Community Health, a service funded by the Commonwealth government. S.I.C.H. came to an untimely end in 1992 after a satirical piece published in their magazine Catalyst which advocated such activities as “go barefoot inside and outside”, “eat your gardens” and “assassinate the pope”.  Those … Read more

The Green Monster

At one point it seemed as if nothing could stop the invasion of Australia by prickly pear. The area infested in Queensland was immense,  stretching from Mackay to the New South Wales border, and huge tracts of land were abandoned as graziers and farmers were driven off their properties. By the early 1920s “The Pear” infested 60 … Read more

The Go-Betweens: Right Here documentary features SLQ images

Grant McLennan and Robert Forster performing at Baroona Hall, Brisbane, April 28, 1978. From Paul O’Brien Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 29127-0028-0002

The 2017 documentary, The Go-Betweens: Right Here by director Kriv Stenders, delves into the history of the beloved indie group. The Go-Betweens were formed in Brisbane by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in 1977. The documentary uses several images from the State Library of Queensland’s Paul O’Brien collection to illustrate the Brisbane music and political scenes of … Read more