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The Green Monster

At one point it seemed as if nothing could stop the invasion of Australia by prickly pear. The area infested in Queensland was immense,  stretching from Mackay to the New South Wales border, and huge tracts of land were abandoned as graziers and farmers were driven off their properties. By the early 1920s “The Pear” infested 60 … Read more

Too Rude for Queensland?

Little Red School Book - banned Queensland Literature Board of Review in 1972

Guest blogger – Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. Censorship exists in all societies, from self-censorship in actions and language, through to bureaucratic networks controlling information, opinion and images. Censorship of military and intelligence matters still applies to newspapers, most pronounced in time of war. With the rise of social media, … Read more

1967 Referendum and Lambert McBride

Lambert McBride's suitcase. Lambert McBride Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The 1967 Referendum changed the Australian constitution, with the record breaking ‘yes’ vote to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census for the first time. The referendum removed discriminatory clauses from the constitution of 1901, which stated that Indigenous peoples should be a state government responsibility. After the 1967 referendum Aboriginal people … Read more

A home of your own

Members of the Rolley and Croker families cooling off on Christmas Day in Beaudesert, Queensland, 1972. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27429-0001-0001

Guest blogger: Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. Housing affordability is one of the great issues facing Australia today, with more and more households unable to afford to buy a home. There are many contributing factors to house prices. In the Freedom Then, Freedom Now exhibition we look at land subdivisions … Read more