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An Englishwoman in the Torres Strait, 1969-70 (Elaine Sinnamon collection)

Thursday Island from the air. View from Milman Hill, Thursday Island. Horn Island in the distance. 30394 Elaine Sinnamon Collection ca. 1969. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 30394-0001-0076

State Library of Queensland recently received a donation of images and other artefacts collected by a young Englishwoman during her time in the Torres Strait between 1969 and 1970. Elaine Sinnamon (nee Street) was born in Derbyshire, England in 1941. After training as a registered nurse in London, Elaine travelled to Australia in 1967 as one of … Read more

Indigenous Languages Map of Queensland

As part of State Library’s Indigenous Languages Project, a new online-interactive resource has been developed to assist language workers and community members. The Indigenous Languages Map of Queensland is a research tool which identifies items in State Library collections relating to Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Using a Google Maps platform, languages can … Read more

Identifying main words of Bundaberg tribe Taribelang (Kalkie language) within the Great Sandy Strait language group

Phil Brown, Central Queensland Language Centre

Guest blogger: Phil Brown, Central Queensland Language Centre My two week residency at the State Library of Queensland began by locating archival materials which are significant to Australian languages within the Bundaberg and Great Sandy Strait region. The main focus of my research was concerned the meaning of four separate items: Dari’belang – Dari meaning north Bulang– … Read more

Vale Eric Deeral

Last week saw the passing of an inspirational man, Mr Eric Deeral, the first Aboriginal person elected to an Australian state parliament. Eric Deeral was a respected Gamay Elder of the Guugu Yimithirr nation.  As the National party member for Cook from 1974 to 1977, Eric Deeral advocated for better infrastructure and services in his … Read more

Loris Williams Annual Memorial Lecture, 21 August 2012

Loris Williams

Dr.  Jackie Huggins delivered the annual Loris Williams Memorial Lecture at State Library of Queensland last Tuesday night.   Nearly 100 people came to remember Loris and to share their own stories. One theme that emerged was the extent of government records about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland, “unparalleled anywhere in the world” according … Read more