2012 media releases
13 Dec 2012
Historic Queensland collection returns home
Acting Arts Minister John-Paul Langbroek tonight announced the return to Queensland of an important collection of manuscripts, photographs, artworks and medals belonging to prominent colonial politician Sir Arthur Hodgson.
Until recently the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson had been held privately in England but it is now back in Queensland in the care of the State Library.
“Dating from the 1860s, the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson reveals the rich history of early European settlement on the Darling Downs, in particular Hodgson’s own station Eton Vale, said Mr Langbroek.
“I congratulate the State Library on its efforts to bring this collection home.”
Member for Logan Michael Pucci will open the Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings exhibition this evening (13 December) at the State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, which showcases the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson.
The exhibition includes photos, papers, artworks, manuscripts from the John Oxley library as well as items on loan from private collections.
“These early ‘squatters’ became known in the press of the day as ‘shepherd kings’ and ‘grass dukes’ as they erected fine homesteads, grand stables and woolsheds and transformed the landscape with exotic gardens,” said Mr Pucci.
“Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings is a fascinating opportunity for people to explore the prized possessions of pastoral life in 19th century Queensland and gain insight into the lives of these early European settlers who grew in political power.
“There were many interesting characters at the time and this exhibition tells their story.”
Other properties featured in the exhibition include Canning Downs, Glengallan, Maryvale, Westbrook, Yandilla and Talgai.
A program of events will be held in support of the exhibition. For more information visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on
Media contact: Alex Bernard 0417 252 563
6 Dec 2012
State Library a Hot Spot for Gamers
Calling all gamers – the State Library of Queensland at the Cultural Centre, Brisbane, needs you to play the latest Queensland-made video and mobile games at a special new exhibition.
Acting Arts Minster John-Paul Langbroek said the Library will showcase the latest from local game developers at Garage Gamer, a free exhibition from 5 January–14 April 2013.
“Queensland is home to some of Australia’s most successful game developers, as well as many independent developers making their mark internationally,” Mr Langbroek said.
“Brisbane-based Halfbrick Studios mobile game Fruit Ninja is on one-third of all US iphones.
“So it makes sense to encourage our local gamers to have fun at Garage Gamer, and play the latest video and mobile games created by Halfbrick, Defiant Development, Curious Bear, Disparity Games, Visual Outbreak and others.
“The action-packed program features more than a dozen creative workshops for all ages and abilities, special after-hours game nights, talks and conversations, a gaming trivia night, and an album launch with the world’s first videogame musician, 7Bit Hero.”
Mr Langbroek said the Australian gaming sector, valued at $2.5 billon (2011/12) by the IBISWorld Industry Report on Video Games in Australia, is a growing industry, with Queensland accounting for approximately 17 per cent of the national market.
“It’s exciting to see the creativity and diversity of these locally created games, and to be able to showcase this sector in our State Library – a place dedicated to sharing the stories and achievements of Queenslanders,” he said.
“The Newman Government is dedicated to fostering an innovative, creative environment in Queensland, where companies like our leading games developers can flourish. The gaming sector is a great example of arts, innovation and technology working in partnership to create world class product.”
For more information on Garage Gamer visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for the full program of activities.
Media contact: Alex Bernard 0417 252 563
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BL.INK: black ink, hosted by Brisbane artist Steven Oliver, takes audiences on an exploration of black words – introducing well known, emerging and sometimes anonymous Indigenous writers using the power of the pen to influence and inspire.
3 Aug 2012
Six more business greats have been inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.
At a gala induction dinner last night, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland, announced this year’s Hall of Fame inductees: Campbell Brothers Limited, General (Rtd) Eva Burrows AC, RNA, Cyril Golding, William Knox D’Arcy and the McDonald Family.
State Librarian Janette Wright said that the inductees were recognised for their contribution to the reputation of Queensland and its economic and social development.
6 Jul 2012
The publishing dreams of three Indigenous Queenslanders will be realised this year through the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing program.
State Librarian Janette Wright has announced the winners of the 2nd annual kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowships during NAIDOC Week celebrations.
“The 2012 Fellows are young first-time author Teagan Chilcott, and the team of author Jillian Boyd and illustrator Tori-Jay Mordey,” Ms Wright said.
“Teagan is a young Aboriginal woman from Redcliffe, and Rise of the Fallen is the first in her series of dark fantasy novels based in South East Queensland.
“Brisbane-based Jillian is also a first-time writer, having penned the children’s story Bakir and Bi after a writing workshop at State Library last year,” Ms Wright said.
“She shares the fellowship with her 17-year-old niece Tori-Jay Mordey, from Hervey Bay, who illustrated the children’s picture book.”
8 Jun 2012
A collection of stories recorded by Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley flood survivors and rescuers has been given to the State Library of Queensland.
The collection of broadcast quality recordings, telephone interviews, photographs and videos was compiled by local journalist Amanda Gearing.
State Librarian Janette Wright said that the Amanda Gearing Collection is extremely valuable to record this devastating moment in Queensland’s history.
“I am deeply moved by the determination of the survivors to share their experiences so that others can have the chance to learn and understand what they went through.”
Oral histories, photographs and videos were gathered from survivors in Spring Bluff, Murphys Creek, Toowoomba, Withcott, Postmans Ridge, Helidon, Carpendale and Grantham.
“These materials will be able to be accessed by all Queenslanders via State Library’s online catalogue, as well as other flood-related items in the State Library’s collection, including oral history recordings from the 1974 floods, digital stories relating to the 2011 floods and photographs of the 1890s floods, as showcased in the Floodlines exhibition,” Ms Wright said.
Floodlines is open until 19 August 2012.
2 Jun 2012
Arts Minister Ros Bates has announced Brisbane-based historian Don Watson as the winner of the 2012 John Oxley Library Fellowship.
Ms Bates said it’s one of three Queensland Memory Awards presented at the State Library as part of Queensland Week.
“Don Watson is an adjunct professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Queensland and an architect in the Queensland Government,” Ms Bates said
“He is researching Queensland’s early architects and how they adapted their skills to an unfamiliar climate.
“Professor Watson will receive $20,000 as part of the fellowship, along with his own work space within the State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library.
“Through the fellowship, he can extend his previously published research – Queensland Architects of the 19th Century: A Biographical Dictionary – into the 20th century and explore the impact of new technologies on architecture.
Filmmakers Sean Gilligan and Adrian Strong have won the John Oxley Library Award for their documentary Fantome Island.
“Their documentary has revealed an important part of our state’s history unknown to many Queenslanders,” she said.
“The film tells the tale of Joe Eggmolesse who in 1945, at the age of seven, was removed from his family and confined to an Indigenous leper colony off the coast of North Queensland.
The final award, the John Oxley Library Community History Award, was presented to Cardwell & District Historical Society for recording the events of Cyclone Yasi, despite their own museum being destroyed by the cyclone.
“I congratulate the Cardwell & District Historical Society on the great community spirit they displayed as they worked together to salvage their valuable collections in addition to collecting oral histories from the town’s inhabitants in the wake of Yasi,” she said.
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