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Radio Days

Group of friends gathered around a radio in Brisbane, ca. 1942. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 102831

Guest blogger: Tony Brett Young – Writer. It’s difficult to emphasise the importance of radio in our young lives in pre-television days in the Queensland outback. In the early 1950s, Longreach had two radio stations, ABC Radio’s 4QL and the commercial station, 4LG which rather grandly called itself “The voice of the Golden West”. My … Read more

ATSI Children’s Day celebrated with SLQ world heritage images, Boigu Island

Boigu Island children, Queensland, 1964, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image No. TR1791-0173-0096

State Library celebrates National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on 4 August 2015 with newly released digitised content from its world heritage collection, TR1791 Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islands Material 1964-1998 TR1791 .  Children’s Day celebrates the strengths and culture of  ATSI children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians … Read more

ATSI Children’s Day celebrated with historic Bloomfield River photographs

Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (4 August) with digitised images of the Bloomfield River / Wujal Wujal area from John Oxley Library collections.   Wujal Wujal Elders  have recently provided cultural clearance  for many images to go live in State Library’s catalogue One Search.   Historic photographs that provide unique views of school life, swimming in the … 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

On the road with Australia’s Children’s Laureate

For the second week of the Queensland school holidays, I was fortunate enough to spend time in Far North Queensland playing chauffeur to Australia’s Children Laureate – Boori Monty Pryor. Boori and Alison Lester share the inaugural position appointed by the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance and their roles serve as ambassadors for children’s literature to foster a … Read more