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Africa Day in Rockhampton, 2014 (photographs and oral histories)

Maureen Ilechukwa with her children Victoria and Victor. From 29203 Sharing Stories from Multicultural Communities Photo Essays and Oral Histories 2013-2014. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 29203-0007-0007

Africa Day is commemorated annually around the world on May 25. This date is significant as it marks the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (now called the African Union) in 1963. Since 2012, the Central Queensland African Association Inc. (CQAA) have organised an annual event for Africa Day in Rockhampton, with entertainment including … Read more

Digitised @ SLQ – Photographs from Rockhampton’s Great Flood of 1918

Flooded East Street in Rockhampton, Queensland, 1918. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 59588

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rockhampton’s Great Flood of 1918, State Library of Queensland recently digitised seven images from our historical photograph collection documenting the disaster. These images and others are available online through our One Search catalogue.   Further reading: The 1918 Rockhampton Flood (JOL blog story from 2011) Myles Sinnamon – Engagement … Read more

Glass-eating escapologist visits Queensland (1928)

Cartoon of Sidney Dan. Published in Brisbane's Daily Standard newspaper, May 3, 1928

Warning – Do not attempt this at home! In 1928 English escapologist and entertainer Sidney Dan, promoted as “The World’s fastest escapologist and nature’s greatest freak”, was wooing audiences as he toured Australian theatres. In May, he appeared at the Wintergarden Theatre in Rockhampton. Audiences were thrilled watching Sidney Dan escape from a straitjacket and … Read more

Looking back at the Heritage Hotel (old Commercial Hotel), Rockhampton

Commercial Hotel (now Heritage Hotel), ca.1917. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 78244

The heritage-listed Heritage Hotel (formerly the Commercial Hotel) on the corner of Quay and William Streets in Rockhampton was sold at auction in Brisbane today (November 13, 2015) for $1.4 million. The 117 year old hotel was last purchased in 2005, however factors such as Cyclone Marcia, the drought and changes in the coal industry saw the hotel … Read more

Celebrating Queensland teachers – Fanny Wilkinson

Fanny Wilkinson. Image published in The Capricornian, 2 January 1926

While October 5 is annually recognised internationally as World Teachers’ Day, Queenslanders celebrate this day on the last Friday of October, due to conflicts with school holidays. Nearly everyone has a fond memory of a special teacher who inspired them during their school days. One SLQ collection item shows the appreciation felt by a teacher’s pupils, … 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