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Sharing stories from Multicultural Communities

“What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilisations and cultures,...Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Keiraville, Ipswich

This grand Ipswich residence, located in Roderick Street, has long been a part of the city’s history, dating from 1886. It is believed to have been built for the Cribb family by local building contractor, John Mackenzie, who originally acquired the land upon which Keiraville stands, in 1884. It is not clear who actually planned [...]

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner

On Thursday 17 July I had the pleasure of attending the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. In its sixth year and with more than 800 guests, the Hall of Fame inducted six more Queensland leaders, businesses and families at the gala event. Her Excellency [...]

Indigenous Languages Blog Launched

The State Library has launched a new Indigenous Languages Blog! This space will be a portal for State Library, IKCs, Indigenous Language Centres, Community Language Workers and others to share and network about Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The Categories for the Blog reflect some of the key themes for Indigenous languages: Resources, [...]

Electric city : trams and power in Brisbane

Brisbane in the nineteenth century was in many ways a primitive, frontier town with unpaved streets and an unreliable water supply but in other ways it was in the forefront in adopting new technology.  I have previously described Brisbane’s early and enthusiastic adoption of the new telephone technology.  The Brisbane Gas Company was incorporated in [...]

83 Queensland history interviews and going strong

State Library of Queensland’s project coordinator Myles Sinnamon has recently completed 83 interviews with ABC Radio, talking about Queensland history every Tuesday night at 9 pm.  An employee for more than 20 years, Myles brings out ephemera, curiosities, and knowledge of collections from the John Oxley Library to share. Myles said that his favourite of [...]

Snapping Dinosaurs

Whilst Clive Palmer might be raising hell with the carbon tax, there’s a roaring of a different kind at his Palmer Coolum Resort, Queensland. Canberra may indeed seem like a land before time, but if you want to see some “real” dinosaurs, head to Palmersaurus, the Dinosaur theme park at Clive Palmer’s Coolum Resort. Documentary [...]

Podcast: Queensland Places (A night in the JOL)

State Library of Queensland’s collections contain a wide range of material about Queensland locations. Many of the items promote these places as tourist destinations, illustrating aspects of the Queensland tourism industry from as early as the 1920s, such as the Queensland Rail Sunshine Route. Listen to Queensland historians Professor Peter Spearritt from The University of [...]

Queensland Police Service and last police tracker, Coen

Guest blogger: Susan Boulton – A/ Manager Public Access, Queensland State Archives Established on 1 January 1864, the Queensland Police Force is celebrating 150 years of service. Since the inception of Queensland and the Police Service, local trackers have been employed, initially to assist troopers and later Queensland Police officers. The hunting skills of Aboriginal trackers [...]

Queensland Places – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Thursday Island

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church was built by the priests of the Mission of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart soon after they arrived on the island in late 1884.  It is likely that the first church building they built forms part of the existing church, although this is not certain.  However, by [...]

Plants Worthy of Attention in an Indooroopilly Park

Recently the State Library of Queensland received a request for information regarding the early beginnings of a garden now called Thomas Park, Bougainvillea Gardens in Indooroopilly. In 1867, Robert Jarrott purchased land at Indooroopilly and proceeded to clear and prepare it for cultivation and farm use. Within a year he had built a home on [...]

Hot Modernism coming soon

State Library will be opening a new exhibition to the public on 9 July 2014. Hot Modernism: Building modern Queensland 1945-75 is the culmination of an ARC Linkage Grant with the UQ School of Architecture and will investigate Queensland’s modernist architecture post-WWII. The exhibition focuses on five key themes relevant to the period: Climate and Regionalism, Urbanism [...]

Say “G’day” in an Indigenous language!

Many Australians can say ‘bonjour’ or ‘konnichiwa’ for hello in French or Japanese, but how many people know how to say g’day’ in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language? How many people know the name of their local Indigenous language? Do you know any words from your local Indigenous language? Are there place-names, landmarks [...]

Play the Ball Exhibition opens 7 July – a story of strength and courage

Guest Blogger: Mark Newman with digital contributions by C. Cottle During a four-year period in the early 1960s, boxers in a small country town in Queensland held nine Australian boxing titles. Out of a team of ten boxers representing Australia at the Empire (later Commonwealth) Games, three came from this town. One of these went [...]

Have Your Say!

State Library of Queensland is developing a fresh plan for the future. SLQ2020 will be a five year plan which will set a high level direction for State Library to ensure our programs and services meet the needs of all Queenslanders. Community involvement is an important part of our planning process and we want to [...]

Golf in Queensland

Golf in Queensland is said to have had its genesis at Eidsvold cattle station, near Gayndah, with the development of a small golf course on the property by its two Scottish lessees, the Ivory brothers. Later, in 1893, other early courses were developed at Townsville and Ravenshoe. The first formal golf club to be established [...]

Frankenstein terrifies Brisbane

“To have seen Frankenstein is to wear a badge of courage! Do you dare?” tempted advertisements in Brisbane newspapers in the build-up to the premiere of Hollywood’s latest horror film on June 10, 1932. Cunning film distributors had carefully planned their campaign with the promise that Brisbane audiences who attended screenings at the Tivoli Theatre [...]

Heritage collections explored online at Dalby

Just like Ludwig Leichhardt who visited Dalby in 1844, State Library staff will set out some 170 years later to explore ways to make the region’s rich heritage accessible to all. This month, as part of social media training, heritage collectors from museums, galleries, archives and libraries from the region will gather to share historical information [...]

Queensland Places – Mount Carbine

The town of Mount Carbine is said to be named after the horse that won the 1890 Melbourne Cup.  The town had been first settled around that time by those who had come to mine the wolfram, discovered here that same year.  These early miners, perhaps believing that their new settlement would become well known [...]

International Tartan Day and the Queensland Tartan

Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland and Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. International Tartan Day is held in July and usually coincides with the anniversary [...]

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