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State Library of Queensland visit to the Brisbane Synagogue

In December 2019, State Library of Queensland staff from three areas (Queensland Memory, Preservation Services and Information Services) visited the Brisbane Synagogue at the invitation of the irrepressible Dr Michael Briner. The Brisbane Synagogue is the second oldest synagogue on mainland Australia (built in 1886), with the oldest established in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1861.  The … Read more

The Sacred Life of Water: Images of the life of water in Brisbane’s multi-faith communities

Statue of the baby Buddha at Southbank, May 2007. From 7718 Anthony Anderton photographs of the Water and Faith communities in Brisbane. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 7718-0001-0012

In late 2007, State Library of Queensland presented an exhibition of images taken by photographer Anthony Anderton called The Sacred Life of Water. The exhibition focuses on the role of water in the practices of Brisbane’s multi-faith communities. Many faiths revere water as a precious gift to be used with care. Long seen as the essence … Read more

Two anniversaries for the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation

Illuminated album presented to A. M. Hertzberg, esq., 28 August 1896 (Ellul 5656), from the Board of Management of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation. (SLQ collection)

2015 marks two significant historical anniversaries for Brisbane’s Jewish community – 150th anniversary of the formation of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation and the 130th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Brisbane Synagogue on Margaret Street. The genesis of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation started with a meeting of community members in March of … Read more