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Faradaya splendida

Have you ever wondered what that exuberant scrambling vine growing against the northern face of the State Library is? Its correct botanical name is Faradaya splendida (family Lamiaceae ). Faradaya after the English physicist Michael Faraday; splendida for the glossy sheen of its large dark- green leaves; Lamiaceae, curiously, because its flower structure conforms to … 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

An afternoon in John Oxley Library

John Oxley Library. Image by SLQ staff.

State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library has a wide range of content both contemporary and retrospective chronicling events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape Queensland. Located on level 4, John Oxley Library holds unique Queensland resources including diaries, manuscripts, artworks, photographs, original maps and plans, and oral histories. Information Services Librarian Christina takes us through … Read more

Back to Verrierdale

Verrierdale State School , 1916. Image from State Library of Queensland.

Verrierdale, a rural suburb at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, is celebrating community history with a “Back to Verrierdale Day” on Saturday 1 October 2016. The Gubbi Gubbi people were the original inhabitants of this district, where heavy forests grew. Timber felling was a major industry after European settlement, with cleared land being … 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