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The Sacred Life of Water: Images of the life of water in Brisbane’s multi-faith communities

Statue of the baby Buddha at Southbank, May 2007. From 7718 Anthony Anderton photographs of the Water and Faith communities in Brisbane. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 7718-0001-0012

In late 2007, State Library of Queensland presented an exhibition of images taken by photographer Anthony Anderton called The Sacred Life of Water. The exhibition focuses on the role of water in the practices of Brisbane’s multi-faith communities. Many faiths revere water as a precious gift to be used with care. Long seen as the essence … 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

Too Rude for Queensland?

Little Red School Book - banned Queensland Literature Board of Review in 1972

Guest blogger – Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. Censorship exists in all societies, from self-censorship in actions and language, through to bureaucratic networks controlling information, opinion and images. Censorship of military and intelligence matters still applies to newspapers, most pronounced in time of war. With the rise of social media, … Read more