Queensland Local Studies Group in June 2018

Queensland Local Studies Group members from the South East corner of the state met in June 2018 following an invitation by Brisbane City Council Archivist Annabel Lloyd to host the meeting.

The minutes of the meeting are available online, including the presentation by Jill Rogers, Repository Resource Librarian and Service Manager, Digital Collections at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Library.

Queensland Local Studies Group in June 2018

Queensland Local Studies Group in June 2018

Above image: Back L – R Christina Ealing-Godbold – Research Librarian, State Library of Queensland; Jayne Royal – Local Studies, Toowoomba Regional Libraries; Kate Harbison – Local Studies, Brisbane City Wynnum Branch; Jane Harding – Heritage Librarian, Noosa Library Service; Helen Fitzgerald – Coordinator Support Services Moreton Bay Libraries; Jenny Hayne – Sunshine Coast Regional Libraries; Karen Harper – Sunshine Coast Regional Libraries; Annabel Lloyd – Archivist, Brisbane City Council Archives; Hilda Maclean – Logan Heritage Specialist, Logan City Council; Anne Scheu – Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland

Front L – R Kelly Ashford – Local History Unit Officer, Moreton Bay Region Libraries; Beth Wilson – Local Studies Officer, Gympie Regional Council; Lisa Ryan – Librarian, Gympie Regional Council; Kyla Stephan – Local Studies Librarian, Southport Local Studies Library, Gold Coast City; Julianne Neal – Archivist, Queensland State Archives

Absent – Jill Rogers, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Library.

Photo courtesy of Brisbane City Council Archives, photographer Robert Noffke – Team Member, Brisbane City Archives.

Did you know?

QUT Digital Collections managed by the QUT Library, brings together 15 digitised and born digital collections for dissemination and reuse.

These include:

  • Teaching and learning focus— QUT Landscape Architecture, Dance, Technical Production, Visual Arts, Film Screen and Animation;
  • Cultural heritage collections — Asia-Pacific Images, Cilento Gift Scripts, Construction Innovation, Digital Yarning, Publications and Proceedings, Sugar Research, QUT Stories, Queensland Law and QUT Alumni Donations.

Other agenda  items included:

  • Tour of Museum of Brisbane Collections

Museum Specialist, Meg McKavanagh led an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the Easton Pearson Archive, which is made up of 6,000 plus paper-based work books and textiles. Meg coordinates the collection and is part of the Collections and Curatorial team of the Museum of Brisbane.

  • Beyond the Rate Books – Local Government records for Local studies

The type of requests Brisbane City Archives receives is varied. Annabel Lloyd, Archivist at Brisbane City Council, Moorooka showcased a collection of records and documents helpful to researchers.

The principal records in Brisbane City Archives relate to:- Built environment; Public Health; Recreation; Public Transport; Community Leasing; Transport Corridors and Entertainment.

Of particular interest was an early survey map of Brisbane (large); tramway accidents and records relating to communicable diseases.

Map recording the sewerage and drainage detail at each street location.

Map recording the sewerage and drainage detail at each street location. Also of interest are the house lots, portion number and house name. Map No. 31, 1922. Photo courtesy of Kyla Stephan.

Correspondence relating to Brisbane City Council

Correspondence relating to Brisbane City Council is filed and stored at the Archives in Moorooka. Photo courtesy of Kyla Stephan.

Everyone is welcome to read the QLSG Minutes, from the 27 June 2018 meeting. Be sure to check out the round table discussion sharing a brief overview of the Local Studies events, planning and focus in each location since March 2018.


The next meeting will be hosted by Toowoomba Regional Council, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba on Monday, 24 September 2018.  Contact Special Collections Librarian Jayne Royal with suggestions for the agenda.

Library staff and coordinators of Indigenous Knowledge Centres are welcome to join the Queensland Local Studies group and discussion list.

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About the author

Anne Scheu, Engagement Officer, Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland.