Collaborate with a Queensland writer at Big Day of Belonging

Kirsten Fogg. Photo credit: Kirsten Fogg.

On 18 June the State Library of Queensland will be transformed into a craft market with a difference, playing host to music, food, workshops and some innovative library learning activities including three ‘Story Swap Shops’ and a ‘Human Library’. These programs explore different ways to share our personal stories and experiences, feeding into the State … Read more

Exploring family history documents: electoral rolls and early birth registers

Gaby at microform machine viewing the record of Amity Moreton Thompson on the early birth list. Image by SLQ staff.

Do you know who was the first white child born in ‘Queensland’? Amity Moreton Thompson was the first white child born in ‘Queensland’ at Humpybong on the Redcliffe Peninsula, Moreton Bay, on Tuesday 21 September 1824. Amity’s parents were Robert and Mary Thompson. Robert Thompson was a Scottish Corporal with the 40th Regiment, who came … Read more

Findmypast calls the 1939 Register “one of the most important documents in 20th century Britain”

1939 Register entry for Winston and Clementine Churchill

For many researchers this 1939 record is a census with many valuable additions. It is especially important because there are no surviving census records for 1931 and 1941 as a result of the war. On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland and the path to war was underway. On 29 September, National Registration Day was undertaken. … Read more


SLQ Word Up

Word Up invited aspiring young writers to come together at State Library of Queensland from the 5-7 April, 2016  for a three-day intensive writing workshop for young people aged 15-17. In 2016, the twenty-one Word Up participants that gathered were ambitious, bold, unique, and talented young people with a passion for creativity, writing and self-expression. Across … Read more

Free access to online dictionaries and encyclopedias

Image by Caleb Roenigk, 2011.

Are you looking for a definition or some authoritative facts? SLQ provides free access to online dictionaries and encyclopedias for all SLQ members. Just some of the available titles include Macquarie Dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection. The online Macquarie Dictionary allows you to search the dictionary and thesaurus together or … Read more

Telling stories with food: what does belonging taste like?

A taste of belonging

Food sustains and nourishes our bodies and our souls, reminding us of people, places and events. Recipes and meals feature in stories and memories, shaping our cultural heritage, marking our identity and fostering our sense of belonging. State Library of Queensland is hosting a very special meal to explore the connections between food, stories and belonging on Friday April … Read more

Harmony Day

Fed speaks Italian. Image by SLQ staff.

Monday 21 March is Harmony Day – a day to celebrate our cultural diversity and share what we have in common. The theme for this year’s Harmony Day is “Our diversity is our strength”, which is a wonderful description of SLQ’s visitor experience team. Visitors to the library will be familiar with our friendly staff, … Read more