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State Library of Queensland goes to Hollywood

William Dawson. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 161299

Did you know three photographs from State Library of Queensland’s collection were used in a $35 million Hollywood blockbuster? https://youtu.be/nijccxWvyXU ‘Saving Mr Banks’, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, depicts the making of Walt Disney’s 1964 adaptation of Mary Poppins, the beloved character of P. L. Travers’ children’s books. Travers (real name Helen Lyndon Goff) was born … Read more

Kidnappers of Space

Kidnappers of space by Mary Elwyn Patchett

Set in the future, 1976, this juvenile science fiction novel tells the story of two brothers captured by ‘golden men’ of Mars. The original edition, published in London in 1953, is scarce now. The author, Mary Elywn Patchett (1897 – 1989), grew up on a cattle property near Texas in Queensland and many of her … Read more

James Moloney

James Moloney has written nearly 40 books over the last 20 years, most of them for children and young adults.   His first was Crossfire, published in 1992, and other notable books include Angela, Dougy and A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove, for which he won the Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in 1997. A … Read more

Jackie French

Jackie French grew up in Brisbane, although she now lives in New South Wales.  She is a prolific author and has produced approximately 150 books to date.  Notable titles include Diary of a Wombat, Hitler’s Daughter and Flood which was produced in response to the 2011 Queensland floods. State Library of Queensland owns the artwork … Read more