All Aboard for Healthy, Exhilarating Cleanliness! – The Sunday Bathers’ Train to Sandgate

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, in an age of emerging public health measures, a new phenomenon called the Bathers’ Train ran on Sundays to Sandgate.  Bathers’ trains were not just a Queensland invention and also operated in seaside locations near Sydney and Melbourne and Adelaide. Leaving Central Railway Station in Brisbane … Read more

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau – Information about the Pacific Islands at State Library of Queensland

South Sea Islanders, recruited for the Queensland canefields, being carried in boats to the Para Image number: 65320 John Oxley Library

Queensland and the Pacific Islands have much in common historically. The importation of Pacific Island labourers into Queensland has created strong bonds between Queensland and the islands. However, trade between the islands and Australia has also created a network of interrelationships as has our war time experiences. Do you want to read business records from … Read more

Making Wikipedia better – 1Lib1Ref at SLQ

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State Library staff recently participated in the 2017 1Lib1Ref campaign, adding citations to make Wikipedia entries more reliable. As one of the world’s largest free online reference sources, Wikipedia is a valuable source of information. While anyone can contribute content, entries do need to include citations to validate their content. The annual 1Lib1Ref campaign calls on librarians … Read more