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Discovering Scouting’s past – bravo and thank you to State Library

Cover of Queensland Scouter magazine, January 1965

Guest blogger: David Teufel, Branch Commissioner – Heritage, The Scout Association of Australia, Queensland Branch Inc. With the first Scout troops starting in Queensland in 1908, Scouting has been part of many communities across the State for over a century.  Many thousands of young people and adults have enjoyed and benefited from their Scouting experience. … Read more

Centaur Memorial Fund For Nurses Records – Digitised @SLQ

Lynn Meyers (Specialist Librarian, Queensland Memory) and Madonna Grehan (John Oxley Library Fellow 2015) explain how focused research has opened up a substantial and significant collection of original materials at SLQ. Readers of the John Oxley Library blog will be excited to know that selected items from the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses Records (Accession … Read more

125th anniversary of the Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party

Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party, 9 Sep 1892, OM69-18/16 - Papers of Charles Seymour. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party, dated 9 September 1892, can be regarded as one of the formative documents of the present day Australian Labor Party. The Manifesto was written at a time of political and social upheaval in Queensland, with the Labor movement looking for alternatives to industrial action to progress its aims. It provides a … Read more

Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb and Co. (Digitised @ SLQ)

Front cover of Coaching in Australia : a history of the coaching firm of Cobb & Co. with guide to the present coaching routes in Queensland by William Lees (SLQ collection)

In October 1939, William Lees, historical writer and proprietor and editor of the Queensland Pastoral Gazette, died at his home in Yeerongpilly, ironically whilst reading a newspaper. Lees had a keen interest in history, was a member of the Queensland Historical Society, and had travelled extensively throughout the state. During his career he wrote a … Read more