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Queensland Places – Mount Adolphus Island – Mori – the Quetta Disaster

Quetta. Taken in 1884 near Gravesend in the Thames River. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 166677

The history of Mount Adolphus Island-Mori, although long and varied, is often remembered as the site of one of Queensland’s most tragic events.  This event, although taking place where it did by chance rather than elsewhere, was one of Queensland’s worst maritime disasters, this being the sinking of the schooner Quetta, in 1890.  The site … Read more

Experience Queensland on Flickr Commons

State Library of Queensland encourages access to the images posted in Flickr Commons.

Did you know State Library of Queensland holds approximately 1.5 million photographic resources – negatives, slides, original photographs, copy prints and original albums dating from 1859 to the present day relating to Queensland? In 2003, State Library launched its digital image library, Picture Queensland, populating the online catalogue One Search with 6,000 digitised photographs – … Read more

Give a little, change a lot – National Volunteers Week

Barcaldine’s former librarian Julie Mitchell introduces Dell Scott, member of Barcaldine & District Historical Society, 2015.

Queensland’s documented history and cultural heritage is dispersed throughout the state. Many communities support local history groups, cultural organisations and societies whose volunteer members advocate knowledge of their regions and are helping to preserve a broader understanding of Queensland history and our links to the past. This week during National Volunteers Week, the nation celebrates … Read more

Queensland Places – Ludwig Leichhardt’s explorations in Cape York

Settlers Hut, Gilbert River District, ca. 1869. John Oxley Librart, State Library of Queensland Neg 24556

The European exploration of the Cape York land area commenced with the journey of the well-known historical figure, Ludwig Leichhardt, a Prussian naturalist and explorer, in the 1840s.  Having already developed a wide range of experience through his exploratory and scientific work, Leichhardt began his journey to Cape York Peninsula on 1 October 1844, with … Read more

Queensland Places – Somerset – George Elphinstone Dalrymple

George Elphinstone Dalrymple. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 14465

George Elphinstone Dalrymple, as one of the early Police Magistrates at Somerset, has a prominent place in early Queensland and Torres Strait history.  After emigrating to Australia in the mid-1850s, he was attracted to North Queensland, leading a number of journeys of exploration through the region, adding much to the accumulated knowledge of the region … Read more