Learn with lynda.com at SLQ

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State Library of Queensland now offers access to the valuable educational and training eresource lynda.com. This is a great opportunity to upgrade your skills or learn something completely new. lynda.com is a web-based video subscription service providing courses for learning the latest commercial software, creative and business skills. It offers more than 3,000 courses and … Read more

The Chemical Formulary

M.C. Ellwoods Chemist and Druggist premises, Sandgate Road, Albion about 1925. State Library of Queensland.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the wide array of products and chemical concoctions we use at home and work every day, you will be fascinated by The Chemical Formulary – an amazing collection of formulas for producing domestic and industrial products. The Chemical Formulary’s title page describes it as “a condensed collection of … Read more

“You couldn’t have a full-blooded Chinese or aborigine teaching” 1949

The Courier Mail, 16 February 1949.

At the beginning of 1949, a 17 year old student challenged the Department of Public Instruction in a way that illuminated public attitudes and initiated controversy, expressed in the country’s newspapers from Brisbane to Broken Hill and from Townsville to Tasmania. In January 1949, the Department of Public Instruction awarded John Hinton Quinlem, a student … Read more