State Library hosts business history symposium

State Library will host a symposium for historians, business leaders, educators and researchers, Navigating our business history.

State Librarian Janette Wright said, “The Navigating our business history symposium at State Library of Queensland on 19 June 2013 will explore why Queensland’s business history matters”.

The symposium will be an opportunity to open up discussion around the important role of Queensland business history in the broader historical context of Queensland and Australia.

The symposium will challenge participants to consider and discuss the impact and influence of Queensland’s business history on our cultural, economic and social landscape.     

Designed for historians, business leaders, researchers, students, educators, librarians, and those working with their own business stories and heritage collections, the symposium will feature keynote addresses from Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO, distinguished Australian historian and author, and Dr David Allison, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.  Each keynote will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster Geraldine Doogue.

Navigating our business history is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, founded by State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation, and QUT Business School and complements the highly successful Game Changers entrepreneur talk series that also kicked off this year.

The day-long symposium will be followed by the final Game Changers series talk, In conversation with Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner, held at State Library of Queensland at 6pm.

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame partnership recognises and extends understanding and access to information about the contribution Queensland businesses and business leaders have made to the development of our state. 

An invitation only master-class for specialists working with historical collections will be delivered by Dr David Allison from the Smithsonian at State Library of Queensland the day after the symposium and will focus on the use and interpretation of historical collections.

Executive Manager Queensland Memory Louise Denoon said, “State Library’s commitment to co-create Queensland’s memory for future generations and to foster learning and engagement with State Library collections is manifest in the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame initiative.”

She said tickets for Navigating our business history will be on sale for $120 from 6 May.

“We must embrace Queensland’s business history and this symposium is an important step in ensuring we are recording, interpreting and inspiring use of this information to help us better understand our past and create our future.”

Bookings and enquiries:
$120 ($90 conc) full day (includes lunch) or $60 ($45 conc) half day  or 07 3840 7979 

Media enquiries: 
Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
Ph: 07 3842 9803,

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