Monthly Archives: May 2016 Back

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

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