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Telling Queensland Stories

Since 2008, State Library of Queensland has been recording short videos featuring the stories of Queenslanders from a wide range of backgrounds. Here are some recent examples of digital stories made available to view via our One Search catalogue and Youtube. Queenland Railways and Significant Resources In this 12 minute video renowned Queensland historian Gregory … Read more

Interview with Janet Fielding (Tegan from Doctor Who)

There have been great Queenslanders and famous Queenslanders, real ones and imaginary, but only one has been to the end of the universe and back. Brisbane-born actor Janet Fielding played Tegan Jovanka on Doctor Who from 1981-1984, accompanying Peter Davison’s Doctor in the TARDIS as they battled monsters including Daleks, Cybermen, and spooky snake spirits. … 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

Forgotten Australians: Micah Pilot Oral History and Digital Story Project

The services provided for Forgotten Australians through Micah Projects are based at Lotus Place. Lotus place is a dedicated support service and resource centre for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

“[f]ar from being simply complementary to each other, memory and history tell of very different relationships to the past than we can or do possess” – Dipesh Chakrabarty* “In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” – Czesław Miłosz This week marks Queensland Child Protection … Read more

Sharing stories from Multicultural Communities

“What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilisations and cultures, progress weakens life and favours death.” – Octavio Paz “Infinite diversity in infinite combinations… symbolising the elements that create truth and beauty.” – Commander Spock, Star … Read more

New acquisition: Amanda Gearing Queensland Flood Collection 2011-12

Amanda Gearing speaking at the handover event of her material at the State Library of Queensland, 2012

“I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable…” – T.S. Eliot: Four Quartets Personal narrative has been a powerful way we as humans have articulated the individual and collective experience. Through personal accounts we are able to share many experiences including stories of survival … Read more