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Wonderful Warana: Queensland’s Own Spring Festival

In a simpler and more innocent age Brisbane had the Warana Festival, a great annual Spring extravaganza which began in 1962 and included a 2 hour parade through the city streets featuring decorated floats, marching girls, entertainers, and bands, under the blue Brisbane skies.  Warana, which is an aboriginal word for “blue skies”, endured until the early 1990s … Read more

“Shirting” the Issues

KRUDD's 2013 Local Griffith Campaign T-shirt

The democratic process has provided us here at the John Oxley Library a plethora of opportunities to collect contemporary materials. From our last State and Local elections and from ephemera, websites to photographic essays; we have been collecting, capturing and receiving content around the Queensland political landscape of the moment for our future reflecting and … Read more

Delpratt Family Function

Members of the Delpratt Family viewing items from the Maurice George Delpratt collection

On Monday 17th September members of the Delpratt Family joined State Library staff to celebrate the completion of digitization of the Maurice George Delpratt Collection.  This collection comprises the correspondence of Sergeant Maurice George Delpratt who was captured at Gallipoli and held as a prisoner of war in Turkey until the end of hostilities in … Read more

TIDES OF HOPE

Rescue boat in floodwaters at Toowong, Brisbane, 1890. State Library of Queensland. Negative no. 252592

  The John Oxley Library recently received one very unusual addition to the flood material that we are acquiring: it is a collectable, limited edition comic-book named “Tides of Hope”, published by Supernova Pop Culture Industries in April 2011 to benefit Queensland flood relief charity funds. Supernova donated a copy to the State Library, and … Read more

More Expo 88 Material from James Maccormick

James Maccormick Sketch of Kangaroo Point Expo Site, 1976.

The John Oxley Library has been fortunate to receive more material from architect, James Maccormick,  regarding the birth of Expo 88.  Mr Maccormick was instrumental in lobbying for Brisbane to host an international exposition as part of Australia’s bi-centennial celebrations. The new material includes twelve original drawings and plans documenting the vision of a Brisbane … Read more