Photographs from World Refugee Day 2011

When we think about historic photograph collections often we think of sepia toned or colour touched works – invoking in us either a sense of nostalgia or confronting us with the blatant violence of the past.

But history is not made only of pre-digital times. History is created from the present. As part of our responsibility here at State Library of Queensland we are preserving the present to make safe the history of tomorrow.

To that end we are always making available new collections of digital photos. This particular series was taken at World Refugee day Community Festival in 2011 by the photographer Hamish Cairns. This celebration took place at Greenslopes at the Annerley Football club.

Man with two young boys at World Refugee Day Community Festival, 2011

Man with two young boys at World Refugee Day Community Festival, Greenslopes, Queensland, 26 June 2011; State Library of Queensland, Image no. 30855-0001-0008

The community festival of multicultural arts, food and cultural celebration is supported by Brisbane City Council and the Multicultural Development Association and occurs every year.

Hamish Cairns is a documentary photographer based in Brisbane. His work has appeared in the Australian media, film & tv industries.

This beautiful album of photographs contains black and white portraits of people at the festival.

Three young women at World Refugee Day Community Festival, 2011

Three young women at World Refugee Day Community Festival, Greenslopes, Queensland, 26 June 2011; State Library of Queensland, Image no. 30855-0001-0012

To access the whole collection — visit our One Search catalogue here:

30855 World Refugee Day 2011

These photographs are in copyright. See this page to find out what that means for usage.

For other contemporary collections see:

10188 Royal Queensland Show [Ekka] Photographs 2009

28991 Hamish Cairns Coal Seam Gas Photographs 2013-2014

More about World Refugee Day:

“Every year on 20 June, the world honours the courage, resilience and strength of refugees during World Refugee Day. The World Refugee Day Community Festival celebrates the contribution new and emerging refugee communities are making to South East Queensland.

Over 15,000 people attend Australia’s largest refugee festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of emerging refugee communities and the vibrancy they contribute to Brisbane’s culture. It’s an opportunity for us to welcome our newly arrived refugees in the city so come along and join the welcome party.

The festival is part of World Refugee Week celebrations. The week aims to raise awareness about refugee matters and restore hope to their lives.

MDA presents the festival and it is supported by Brisbane City Council” From MDA facebook event page 2014.

Leela Wittmer

Information Services

More Information

Multicultural Development Queensland Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/mdaqld/

Multicultural Development Australia – https://mdaltd.org.au/

One Search catalogue – http://onesearch.slq.qld.gov.au

State Library Membership – http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/membership