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Wyborn Reef Light photographs and short film, 2017

Aerial view of Wyborn Reef lighthouse, Wyborn Reef, Queensland, 2017. From 31399 Dean Saffron Wyborn Reef Light short film and photographs. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 31399-0002-0024

In 2017, freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker Dean Saffron accompanied the maintenance team from the Australian Maritime Systems Group on an excursion to the Wyborn Reef Light, located approximately 16 kilometres southeast of Albany Island on the far northern edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The lighthouse was constructed in 1938 and later upgraded in … Read more

Bloomfield River Oral Histories

Billy Burchill (interviewee). OH 55 Bloomfield River Oral History 1995. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Lauren Erikson – Project Officer, Indigenous Library Services, State Library of Queensland In 1996, Bloomfield Valley resident Camilla Darling conducted a number of interviews with local Kuku Yalanji elders and non-Indigenous settlers of the Bloomfield Valley, in an effort to document the rich and varied history of this remote rainforest region in Far … Read more

Municipality of Townsville – 150th anniversary

Panoramic view of Townsville's North Shore ca. 1890. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image API-057-01-0007

On February 15, 1866, Townsville was declared a municipality by Queensland Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen, with a proclamation published in the Queensland Government Gazette on March 10, 1866. In November the previous year, 195 householders and landholders of Townsville petitioned the Queensland Government, requesting Townsville to be made a municipality – “The Petitioners state that … Read more

Queensland Police Service and last police tracker, Coen

Police Detectives and trackers, Blackfellow Creek, Gatton c1899. Queensland State Archives. DID 21878

Guest blogger: Susan Boulton – A/ Manager Public Access, Queensland State Archives Established on 1 January 1864, the Queensland Police Force is celebrating 150 years of service. Since the inception of Queensland and the Police Service, local trackers have been employed, initially to assist troopers and later Queensland Police officers. The hunting skills of Aboriginal trackers … Read more

1911 cyclone

Two children sitting with a badly damaged piano amongst the debris from the Port Douglas cyclone of 1911. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 164590

On March 16, 1911, a cyclone devastated the small Far North Queensland community of Port Douglas, 70km north of Cairns, razing many of its buildings. During the storm, many of the townspeople took refuge at the government bond store, which was described as “a substantial building”, though it was no match for the full force … Read more