State Library celebrates Queensland Memory Awards

State Library of Queensland has honoured five award recipients through its annual Queensland Memory
Awards program.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Memory Awards, supported by the Queensland Library
Foundation, recognise important new contributions to the state’s history and documentary heritage.

“These awards offer those with a keen interest in Queensland history the opportunity to use the materials
in the John Oxley Library to uncover our state’s untold stories,” Ms Wright said.

The 2014 award recipients are: Thomas Blake (John Oxley Library Fellowship — 12 months residency in
the John Oxley Library), Madeleine King and Nadia Buick (Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame
Fellowship — 6 months residency in the John Oxley Library), Richard Stringer (John Oxley Library Award),
and Adopt a Digger (John Oxley Library Community History Award).

Presented by the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, the inaugural Queensland Business
Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship was awarded to Madeleine King and Nadia Buick for their proposed
project High Street Histories: Queensland’s fashion business leaders, while the recipient of the prestigious
John Oxley Library Fellowship, supported by the Queensland Library Foundation, is Thomas Blake for his
proposed project Liquid Gold: the history of the Great Artesian Basin in Queensland.

“High Street Histories is described by the judging panel as creative, innovative, engaging; it has the
potential to change people’s minds about business history,” Ms Wright said.

“This online project will examine Queensland’s fashion business history and map approximately 12 key
fashion sites throughout the state with an aim to link these sites to the communities around them.

The judging panel believe well-known historian Thomas Blake’s project Liquid Gold will be of great public
interest as the project documents the history of the Great Artesian Basin, with a focus on its social and
economic impacts.

Thomas plans to expand on his 2006 historical overview of the Great Artesian Basin and explore the
effects on areas such as pastoral industries, towns and settlements, Indigenous groups, health, and
recreation.”

Louise Denoon, Executive Manager Queensland Memory, said an extensive list of candidates was
compiled in the search for the John Oxley Library Award and John Oxley Library Community History Award
recipients.

“Distinguished architectural photographer Richard Stringer was presented the John Oxley Library Award
for his work in documenting Queensland’s landscape and architecture heritage over the past 40 years,” Ms
Denoon said.

“Richard is renowned for his ability to capture the significance and spirit of structures and places in his
photographs and his work has been featured in various landmark publications and exhibitions.”

The John Oxley Library Community History Award, supported by the Queensland Library Foundation, has
been granted to Adopt a Digger, a voluntary community project that commemorates the Sunshine Coast
region’s men and women who served during the First World War.

“Local residents, historians, school students and descendants are encouraged to ‘adopt a digger’, research
the person’s military history and upload this information to the website,” Ms Denoon said.

“This is an outstanding example of a voluntary community project with over 1,300 diggers adopted by the
community so far.”

Fellows, researchers, writers, filmmakers, academics, artists and storytellers have delved into thousands of
original materials in the John Oxley Library for many years. The Queensland Memory Awards offers the
rare opportunity to celebrate excellence in this research and recognise new contributions to Queensland’s
documentary heritage.

For more information on the Queensland Memory Awards visit www.slq.qld.gov.au.

Interview opportunities:
2014 John Oxley Library Fellowship
Thomas Blake

2014 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship
Madeleine King and Nadia Buick

2014 John Oxley Library Award
Richard Stringer

2014 John Oxley Library Community History Award
Chrissy Fletcher
Adopt a Digger

Media enquiries:
Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
e: kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au, p: 07 3842 9803

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