Blog Profile / John Oxley Library Blog

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ATSI Children’s Day celebrated with historic Bloomfield River photographs

Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (4 August) with digitised images of the Bloomfield River / Wujal Wujal area from John Oxley Library collections.   Wujal Wujal Elders  have recently provided cultural clearance  for many images to go live in State Library’s catalogue One Search. Show More Summary

New accessions: Portrait of Queensland’s 8th Governor, Lord Lamington

A recent addition to the art collection of the John Oxley Library is this fine portrait of Queensland’s 8th Governor, Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington (1860 – 1940). The portrait, purchased in June at an auction in the United Kingdom, is the work of Robert Duddingstone Herdman, a second-generation Scottish artist who... Read more

Lamington National Park – History in Pictures

Lamington National Park was established on 31 July in 1915. Lying on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range, the park covers roughly 51,000 acres of rugged mountains and spectacular waterfalls, and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of National Park status for this area, we’ve compiled a gallery... Read more

Connecting to Collections

On a recent trip to North Queensland, SLQ staff visited the Zara Clark Museum, a National Trust Museum managed under the auspices of the Charters Towers & Dalrymple Historical Society. Readers will find very useful background information about the Museum, its existence, Miss Zara Clark and the buildings with important links to Charters Towers on... Read more

Podcast: Democracy – is Queensland different? (A night in the JOL)

The quest for good governance and the preservation of hard won democratic principles have been preoccupations for much of Queensland’s political history. But is our experience of democracy in some way different from that of other states? At SLQ’s most recent Night in the JOL Ian Townsend put the question to political journalist, turned academic... Read more

Railways in Queensland – History in Pictures

On July 31, 1865, 150 years ago, Queensland’s first railway line was officially opened. The line ran between Ipswich and Bigge’s Camp (later named Grandchester). Since that time railway have extended throughout the state and provided a vital link to remote communities. State Library of Queensland hold an extensive digitised collection of images documenting the... Read more

Queensland Places – Moa Island, St. Pauls Mission

The establishment and development of St. Pauls, one of the two main communities on Moa Island, is closely linked with the history and development of the Anglican Church in the Torres Strait.  The other Moa Island community is Kubin, which has its own important place in the culture and history of the island. The beginnings... Read more

Queensland Parliament House – History in Pictures

On July 14, 1865, 150 years ago, the foundation stone of Queensland’s Parliament House was laid by the Queensland Governor, Sir George Bowen. A detailed description of the ceremony was published in the Brisbane Courier newspaper. State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of digitised images of Parliament House which can be viewed via... Read more

The Quest for Democracy: Queensland Parliamentary ABC 1899

Democracy has a star billing these days. Turn on the radio, pick up a newspaper, glance at the online commentariat and – whether it’s in the context of the Magna Carta’s 800 year anniversary, the Greek financial crisis, the independence of the Fourth Estate or protest about a proposed new development in suburban Brisbane –... Read more

Anna and Sophia spent holidays at Wacol Migrant Camp

After World War II, displaced persons from Germany were encouraged to migrate. For Anna Curtis and Zofia McCormack’s family who were from Poland and in a Displaced Persons camp, Australia seemed like an ideal choice even though they didn’t have much information about Australia. From oral histories digitised at SLQ, they noted that once they... Read more

The Peacock Feather – Diary of Claudius Buchanan Whish

Guest blogger – Dr Rosemary Gill – Volunteer, State Library of Queensland The page turned, and there it was, a peacock feather as bright and lustrous as if it had been slipped in the day before. Only the sepia self-pattern, fine as a watermark, suggested its real age. For the last 121 years it had... Read more

The Truth Is Out There – Queensland UFO related periodicals

July 2nd each year is recognised by many around the globe, as World UFO Day, a day where we turn our heads skywards and ponder the questions, “Are we alone in the universe?” and “Is the Truth really out there?” Whether you are a skeptic or a true believer, the ideas of flying saucers and... Read more

The Political Museum

Guest blogger: Deannah Leith – Museums & Galleries Queensland Dr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool, UK, is coming to Australia to present as part of Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) 2015 Conference. Not only is Dr Fleming the international keynote speaker, he will also present a Masterclass entitled The Political Museum. Dr... Read more

Working dogs – History in Pictures

June 26 is “International Take Your Dog to Work Day”. For most of us desk jockeys this is near impossible to do, unless your dog is extremely well house trained. So instead let’s pay our respects to Queensland working dogs over the decades. As you can see from the examples from our collection below, Queensland... Read more


Each year State Library of Queensland contributes hundreds of Queensland websites to PANDORA – Australia’s web archive. These include websites of numerous organisations, community groups and individuals, festivals, events, and sites about various topical and political issues, election campaigns, interests and activities. Show More Summary

Podcast: The vital track: 150 years of railways in Queensland (A night in the JOL)

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of first railway in Queensland between Ipswich and Bigge’s Camp (later renamed Grandchester). Listen our expert panellists Greg Hallam, Historian at Queensland Rail, and Dr Geraldine Mate,...Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Torres Strait – History of Pearling

The first commercial pearling station in the Torres Strait area was established at Warrior Island in 1868, by a Captain Banner, who was said to have identified large quantities of pearl shell whilst looking for beche-de-mer.  As pearl shell was a more valuable commodity than beche-de-mer, news of the lucrative alternative soon spread.  By 1876,... Read more

Discovering Eumundi – Heritage and Visitor Centre

Guest Blogger: Discover Eumundi – Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes The Eumundi and District Historical Association (EHA) which runs Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre successfully obtained a ‘Building Our Future’...Show More Summary

Battle of Waterloo – Queensland connection (200th anniversary)

June 18th marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which saw the final defeat of the armies of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.  You may be surprised to discover Queensland has a few connections with this famous battle. Colonel Charles George Gray, a prominent identify in early Ipswich was a noted Waterloo veteran. Gray was born... Read more

Story Bridge – History in Pictures

2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of Brisbane’s Story Bridge. The construction of the cantilever bridge began in 1935 and was completed and opened to traffic in July 1940. The length of bridge including the approaches is 1375 m. More than 95% of the steel was manufactured in Australia and the bridge was... Read more

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