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1911 cyclone

On March 16, 1911, a cyclone devastated the small Far North Queensland community of Port Douglas, 70km north of Cairns, razing many of its buildings. During the storm, many of the townspeople took refuge at the government bond store, which was described as “a substantial building”, though it was no match for the full force [...]

Waiting for the cyclone

With reports of cyclone Ita threatening the North Queensland coast this week I have been reading Vance Palmer’s 1947 novel ‘Cyclone‘.  The novel uses the rising tension ahead of an approaching cyclone as a background to the increasing conflict and emotional tension between three men, partners in a marginal shipping business, and their families.  There [...]

New Accession: Letters of a Lady Schoolteacher in Maryborough, 1884-1887

The John Oxley Library recently received a wonderful collection of correspondence written by Jane Ann Dunbar, a young teacher at the Maryborough Girls’ Grammar School during the 1880s.  Jane was twenty years old when she migrated to Australia from Hertfordshire, England, to take up the position as second mistress at the school.  The letters, written to [...]

SLQ books on the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library that centralises literature, historical texts, film, audio and research materials from over 1500 curated collections around the world, free to read, download, print and enjoy. It offers  free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 404 billion archived web pages. It unifies and archives internet [...]

Rare Torres Strait 1881 diary travels to Ballarat

Guest Blogger: Patricia Tryon Macdonald, Co-Curator, For Auld Lang Syne, Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation; with contribution from C. Cottle, Digital Collections Curator, Queensland Memory One of the rarestShow More Summary

Artwork in our Gardens

Guest blogger: Alison Smith – Volunteer Guide, City Botanic Gardens The City Botanic Gardens is similar to most other gardens you might visit, there is artwork here that complements the surrounds. In a little niche, just near the Rotunda, is Building Blocks of Life, one of two sandstone pieces displayed, the other being the Sundial, enclosed [...]

Meston Notebooks

Recently State Library digitised a series of notebooks compiled by Archibald Meston. Archibald Meston (1851-1924) was originally a journalist and politician but is best known for his role as the Protector of Aborigines for Southern Queensland 1897-1904. Meston was also the author of the ‘Report on the Aboriginals of Queensland’ which later formed the basis for [...]

Queensland Places – Iron Range National Park

The area now comprising the Iron Range National Park was first visited by Europeans when Captain William Bligh and his companions passed close by during his epic voyage from the site of the Bounty mutiny to Timor.  At the time, Bligh named Restoration Island as well as the mainland locations of Pudding Pan Hill and [...]

New Accession: Equal Love Brisbane Collection

The John Oxley Library recently received a wonderful donation of memorabilia from the pressure group, Equal Love Brisbane, relating to the Marriage Equality campaign. Equal Love is a nationwide organization which was formed in 2004 as a response to the Howard Government’s amendment of the Marriage Act to outlaw marriage between people of the same sex.  Equal Love’s [...]

A tourist’s paradise, ready for holiday visits!

April  is a great time to explore Queensland. Who can resist a train ride through the cool ranges west of Cairns? Take a look at newly digitised heritage tourism booklets to plan your next trip. These booklets provide guides to getting there and what to see once you have arrived. Plan your own heritage tourism trip [...]

Baseball downunder

The Sydney Cricket Ground became the first venue in the southern hemisphere to host a Season Opener of Major League Baseball on 22 and 23 March when the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks opened the 2014 Major League Baseball season. The Dodgers won 7-5 on Sunday, having won 3-1 the previous evening. It isn’t the [...]

Queensland Places – Congregational Church Sunday School, Ipswich

The Congregational Church of Ipswich was formed on 2 June 1854 as a means of combining the Baptist and other independent faiths that only had limited numbers in the then small Ipswich. This was the first Congregational parish to be formed in what was to become Queensland, with the Congregation’s first church originally located in [...]

First baby born at the Women’s Hospital in Brisbane (1938)

The first baby to be born at the new Women’s Hospital in Brisbane arrived on March 26, 1938. Five days later, the then minister for health and home affairs – and future Queensland premier – Ned Hanlon visited the new arrival and presented mother and baby with a 14-inch (35cm) silver loving cup to mark [...]

Podcast – Music and Libraries (A night in the JOL)

Historical archives can provide a rich source of material for musical endeavour. Musicians can mine old letters, diaries, newspapers and manuscripts to rediscover lost histories and create something entirely new. Listen to musical director,...Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Douglas Street, Thursday Island

Douglas Street was named in honour of John Douglas, the former Thursday Island government resident and police magistrate.  His appointment to this position came within a long, distinguished and varied career that included a term as the Premier of Queensland.  His influence in the area was also to grow when he was appointed as Commissioner [...]

Jack Harkaway and his son’s adventures in Australia

Jack Harkaway was one of the most popular heroes of that phenomenon of Victorian publishing, the penny dreadful. The penny dreadfuls emerged in the 1830s as a source of cheap, escapist fiction for the newly literate working classes. It was the penny dreadfuls which introduced Sweeney Todd to the world.  They were lurid and sensational, [...]

Charters Towers – ‘The World’

In December 1871, a young Aboriginal is looking for lost horses that had bolted in a thunderstorm; he bends to get a drink of water and sees something sparkling in the sandy river bed. Gold! By February 1872, the goldfield known as Charters Towers is registered and the rush is on to this new shanty [...]

60th Anniversary British Royals Tour

Guest blogger: Niles Elvery – Manager Public Access, Queensland State Archives March this year represents the 60th anniversary of the tour of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; the first reigning monarch to visit Australia. An extensive trip, it was the first visit to use air travel and included 33 flights, 130 [...]

Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop (24-26 February 2014)

As part of State Library’s Indigenous Languages project, an Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop was held in the JOL Reading Room from 24-26 February. This event drew together 20 participants from across Queensland to research the State Library collections as well as share ideas and network about language revival in Queensland communities. The workshop participants [...]

Queensland Places – Booby Island Lighthouse

The Booby Island Light is located near the tip of Cape York, to the west of Prince of Wales Island and overlooking the Endeavour Strait.  The Light marks the western entrance to the navigation channel through the Torres Strait and has guided shipping passing through the area for more than a century. Completed in 1890, [...]

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