Ryerson Index: free, growing and invaluable for the family history researcher

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What is The Ryerson Index? It’s a free online index to death, funeral, probate and obituary notices appearing in newspapers throughout Australia. This valuable genealogical resource is named after Joyce Ryerson, who inadvertently created it when she started compiling death, funeral and obituary notices from the Sydney Morning Herald on a daily basis. Her aim … Read more

Go deeper with Pokémon – stories and inspiration from our collections


As the Pokémon Go phenomenon gets players to catch Pokémon in the real world, long-time fan and SLQ Creative-in-Residence Matt Finch reminisces about his favourite Pokémon episodes and their connection to myths and stories in our collections. “Pokémon is a twenty-year-old franchise with its own cartoons and backstory. Get to know the characters, know their world, and check out … Read more

Digital stories teach global themes

Story of Selvammal by Alexandra Toohey and Tahlia Lymbery.

Cultural diversity. Poverty. Pollution. Bullying. Violence. If you are studying or teaching any of these global themes, digital stories created by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) pre-service teachers provide excellent stimulus material. Developed in collaboration with State Library of Queensland (SLQ) as part of The Global Teacher subject, the digital stories have been released under … Read more

SLQ acquires the last interviews of iconic TV chef Bernard King

Bernard King

“I became somebody and the whole nation accepted me for what I was. Fashion conscious. Stylish. Demanding. The whole nation coped!” – Bernard King State Library of Queensland is pleased to announce the acquisition of celebrity TV chef Bernard King’s final recorded interviews for our oral history collection. Bernard King was a star of Australian … Read more

“Chasing the DragonTails” – Researching Chinese Family History

Shipping record for Glamis Castle from http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/

Undertaking family history for non-European ancestors is difficult and often challenging. Language and transcriptions of the original language compound the difficulties. The majority of Chinese immigrants to Queensland in the 19th century came from Canton (now known as Guandong), and some came from Fujian. Undertaking the history of William Lum Chew of Dalby, a Chinese … Read more