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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

The 1941-42 journals of Mrs Ellen Humphreys, grazier of “Hutton Park”

6333 Ellen Humphreys Papers, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Guest blogger – Debbie Terranova – Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. Ellen Maria Humphreys owned and operated a cattle property called “Hutton Park”, situated in the central-west of Queensland near Injune. In 1941, she was a 63-year-old widow with six adult children, several grandchildren, an elderly mother, and a working dog called Tigar. Les, the youngest, … Read more

Put Deep

7129 Joan Peeters Diaries 1941-1944. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Elaine Acworth – 2018 Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. In July 1943 the forces of the Imperial Japanese Army were slowly being beaten back along the Kokoda Track, and displaced from their strongholds on the north coast of New Guinea.  As the war moved northwards, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander South-West Pacific Area, moved … Read more

Remembering the Revolution

Protestors, Moratorium March Brisbane, 1970. Courtesy University of Queensland Library. Grahame Garner Collection F3400

In his compelling conversation with former fellow radical Di Zetlin – during which they explore the origins and direction of the protest movement that transformed a university campus  (and ultimately, Queensland politics and society) in the sixties and seventies – Dan O’Neill  goes to the essence of what makes these events such a peculiarly Queensland … Read more

From Brisbane trainee nurse to U.S. war bride: the diary of Elvie Geissmann

1941 diary of Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann. State Library of Queensland collection. Image courtesy Debbie Terranova

Guest blogger: Debbie Terranova – QANZAC100 Fellow. In January 1941, the Brisbane General Hospital accepted twenty-year-old Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann as a trainee nurse and she moved into the nurses’ quarters1. There she began a personal diary in which she recorded the trials, hopes, and despairs of a young “British born”2 woman during World War Two. … Read more