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Sound as historical material: developing a new way of cataloguing, describing and accessing sound in the archive

Guest blogger: Seth Ellis – 2019 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence. I’m the Mittelheuser scholar in residence, which means my job is to “develop new ideas, tools, strategies and services” for the State Library and other Queensland cultural institutions. In my case, I’m working on the idea of sound as historical material—uncovering the sounds of the past as … Read more

1960s-70s home movies of Queensland – Walton Roy Sinclair collection

Children's birthday party, ca.1960s. From From 30009/3 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

A collection of five 8mm home movies from the 1960s-70s were recently digitised by State Library of Queensland and made available online. The films, taken by engineer Walton Roy Sinclair, contain footage of Mackay, Eungella, Brisbane, Whitsunday Coast, Airlie Beach, Bundaberg, Binna Burra, Margate, Buderim, Archerfield, Cape Hillsborough, Cannonvale, and other localities. Some of the … Read more

Footage of the Queen Mother at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, 1958

Queen Mother and Archibishop Halse outside St John's Cathedral, 20 February 1958. Still from 29226/7. Bill Rahmann Films 1948-ca 1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

From 18 to 21 February 1958, the Queen Mother visited Queensland in a whistle-stop tour which included a State Reception at Parliament House, a North Brisbane School Children’s Welcome at the Exhibition Grounds, a South Brisbane Children’s Welcome at the Brisbane Cricket Grounds, a Civic Welcome at Brisbane’s City Hall and visits to Ipswich and … Read more