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28 Jun 2018

2018 Queensland Business History Award

Rosenlund Contractors honoured with Queensland business history award

A Brisbane deconstruction and civil engineering company won the 2018 Queensland Business History Award at tonight’s Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame induction dinner.

The award, presented annually by State Library of Queensland, recognises a Queensland company that demonstrates leadership in collecting, protecting, preserving and sharing its business history.

Rosenlund Contractors won the award for its collection of more than 100,000 digitised images, which documents Brisbane’s architectural history and changing city scape.

The original photographs, kept sealed and filed, have been made available on the Rosenlund Contractors’ website in a searchable digital gallery, ensuring this important record of Brisbane’s development is discoverable for all.

Images in the collection showcase Rosenlund Contractors’ projects over the years, from the company’s involvement in the 1981 Post Office Square redevelopment in Brisbane’s CBD, to the demolition of the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Founded in 2009 by State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame recognises the significant contributions by leading businesses and individuals to Queensland’s economic and social development.

Past winners of the Queensland Business History Award include City Printing Works, the Brisbane Racing Club and the Birdsville Hotel.  For more information on the award and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, visit leaders.slq.qld.gov.au.

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“Business records and photographs help us to shape a fuller story of Queensland’s history and leave a visual memory for future generations.”

“The Queensland Business History Award elevates the importance of safeguarding irreplaceable historical material.”

“I thank Rosenlund Contractors and the State Library for taking the lead to ensure these important records are shared with the community.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald

“State Library of Queensland recognises the importance of digital access to unique collections that tell the story of the state’s development.”

“As the custodian of Queensland’s stories, State Library of Queensland values the significant contribution Rosenlund Contractors has made to the preservation of more than 100,000 digitised photographs that help tell our business history.”

“This impressive collection demonstrates Rosenlund Contractors’ commitment to record keeping that helps track major civil engineering and earthworks projects in Queensland.”

“State Library is committed to preserving Queensland’s memory and ensuring it is accessible now and for generations to come, and Rosenlund Contractors have successfully added to Queensland’s collective story.”

28 Jun 2018

State Library uncovers hidden histories of Queensland islands

State Library uncovers hidden histories of Queensland islands

A mother separated from her children and forced to live in a leper colony for over a decade is one of many compelling tales from State Library of Queensland’s newest exhibition, Islands.

The exhibition, which opens on 30 June, explores the sometimes dark underbelly of Queensland islands like Peel Island, where Phyllis Ebbage was isolated from her husband and young daughters without ever receiving a clear diagnosis of leprosy.

Islands explores the hidden histories of Queensland’s islands and aims to reshape our knowledge of these close but faraway places.

From Peel Island’s leprosarium and St Helena Island’s penal settlement to the story of Eliza Fraser and the development of tourism on Lindeman Island, Islands brings together some of the lesser known stories of the state’s island life.

A fascinating selection of curios and rare items from State Library’s collections include:

  • Handwritten notes by one of Phyllis Ebbage’s daughters
  • Peculiar posters from the early days of tourism on Lindeman Island
  • Beautifully intricate marine biology sketches (late 1800s) by biologist William Saville-Kent

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

Islands shows both the sunny and dark sides of Queensland’s diverse island landscape, evoking images of tropical beach lifestyle and desirable holiday destinations, as well as of isolated places of incarceration and for people who were thought to be afflicted with disease.”

“This exhibition is another way the State Library of Queensland connects us to its vast collection and enhances our knowledge of Queensland’s history by sharing stories, images and moments from our past.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The experience of those who forged livelihoods on Queensland’s many islands is incredibly rich and varied, and reaffirms the diversity of our state’s experience.”

“The exhibition is an emotive and informative experience, and highlights the often unknown stories of life on Queensland’s many islands. It aims to bring a different perspective to the usual surf, sand and sun stereotype.”

“State Library is a custodian of Queensland’s collective memory and we are uniquely positioned to tell the story of our state through our extraordinary collection items.”

Islands: hidden histories from Queensland islands

30 June 2018 — 27 January 2019
Open daily | Free entry
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Bank
islands.slq.qld.gov.au | #SLQislands

8 Jun 2018

Forgotten lottery uncovered by State Library fellowship winner

Forgotten lottery uncovered by State Library fellowship winner

A lottery system that saw millions of hectares of prime agricultural land given away to would-be farmers will be uncovered by the winner of a prestigious State Library of Queensland fellowship announced last night.

It was one of nine fellowships and awards, collectively worth more than $100,000, announced at last night’s Queensland Memory Awards ceremony in Brisbane.

Dr Jennifer Moffatt, the winner of the $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship, will explore a little-known ballot that helped shape the development of Queensland for more than a century.

In the 1950s more than half the land distributed in Queensland involved this lottery-style system, and Dr Moffatt’s research will bring new understanding to the state’s early pioneers and squatters.

The Queensland Memory Awards are celebrated annually and acknowledge excellence in research and the creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s history.

A major outcome of the fellowship program is to bring State Library’s vast collections to life and make their content and stories accessible to all.

2018 AWARD WINNERS:

  • John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000) — Dr Jennifer Moffatt
    (The story of Queensland’s selectors: how those who won land in a ballot contributed to Queensland’s social, economic and political development)

  • John Oxley Library Award (posthumous) — Ian Poole
    The professional photographer donated, arranged and described around 100,000 negatives, colour transparencies, photographic prints and scrapbooks for State Library
  • John Oxley Library Community History Award — Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre
    Yugambeh Museum has developed its own language app to encourage young people and the wider public to engage with Aboriginal languages and heritage

  • Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000) — Hilary Davies
    (History of the Canada Cycle and Motor Agency Ltd - one of Queensland’s major motor businesses)
  • Letty Katts Award ($5,000) — Professor Peter Roennfeldt
    (Brisbane’s Albert Hall 1901–1968: celebrating memory and heritage of a major performance venue)

  • Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellowships (4 x $15,000)

  • Dr Martin Kerby (A war imagined: Queensland and the Great War)
  • Dr Anastasia Dukova (Queensland Police and the Great War Effort)
  • Deborah Lee Terranova (Queensland women and war: a multicultural perspective of the experiences of female civilians during World War II)
  • Elaine Acworth (Put out into the deep — digital fellowship)

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“The Queensland Memory Awards go far in revealing the fascinating stories of our past.”

“I congratulate the award winners who are each presenting our state’s heritage from their own unique perspective, collectively covering a great range of subjects.”

“I know their dedication in exploring our history will give real insight to today’s Queensland identity.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The fellowship program helps to highlight and activate State Library’s rich collections, as well as contribute new knowledge about Queensland.”

“By working closely with State Library, our Fellows bring our collections to life.”

“They contribute new research about our state’s vast history across a range of mediums including blog posts, oral histories, digital stories, and more.”

26 Apr 2018

2018 black&write! Fellowship winners revealed

2018 black&write! Fellowship winners revealed

A surfer who battled serious illness and a singer from the Stiff Gins are the two winners of the 2018 black&write! Fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait writers.

Lystra Bisschop from the Gold Coast and Sydney-based Nardi Simpson will be awarded the $10,000 fellowships at a special ceremony at the State Library of Queensland today.

The fellowships include manuscript development with the State Library black&write! editing team and publishing opportunities with Hachette Australia.

The Gold Coast’s Lystra Bisschop, a descendent of the Guugu Yimidhirr people (Hope Vale) and Birri Gubba (Mackay), was selected for her Young Adult fiction manuscript The Upwelling, which follows a young surfer named Kirra, who catches a wave and time slips into a land without European influence.

Sydney-based Nardi Simpson, a Yuwaalarayy/Gamilaraay woman from NSW and founding member of the Stiff Gins musical group, was recognised for her adult literary fiction manuscript Song of the Crocodile, which explores three generations of a fictional Aboriginal family in a rural township.

The judging panel has also awarded three high commended entries from the extremely strong field of applicants: Susie Anderson from New South Wales for her poetry collection Revolve, Chelinay Gates from Western Australia for the young adult fiction work Lucky Child, and Kirily Saunders from New South Wales for her poetry collection Mother Earth, Child Lover.

The black&write! Fellowship program is supported by the Australian Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts, and publishing partner, Hachette Australia.

Quotes from Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch:

“I look forward to seeing Nardi and Lystra work with the team at State Library to develop their manuscripts,

“The fellowships open the door to exciting new voices in literature, sharing Indigenous stories and serving as inspiration for other aspiring writers.

“The goal of the black&write! Fellowships is to support and expand contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing in Australia and I commend the program for the important contribution it has already made.

“The fellowship program has helped launch the careers of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices including Claire G. Coleman whose debut novel Terra Nullius was recently shortlisted for The Stella Prize and is already on its fourth reprint.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO, Vicki McDonald:

“State Library is proud to help foster a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing community.

“black&write! is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia. Supporting new talent to share their stories is central to State Library’s commitment to nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas.”

Quotes from Publisher, Robert Watkins, Hachette Australia:

“We have been thrilled to see literary fans embrace Claire. G Coleman’s extraordinary debut novel Terra Nullius so warmly and Hachette Australia is pleased to partner with SLQ on black&write! to provide this development platform for powerful emerging writers to extend their talents.”

For more information about black&write! visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards.

10 Apr 2018

Prize money boost for 2018 Queensland Literary Awards

Prize money boost for 2018 Queensland Literary Awards

Entries are now open for the prestigious Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships, with total prize money increasing from $205,000 to $240,000.

Many of the prizes have increased from $10,000 to $15,000 and writers can also apply for one of three Queensland Writers Fellowships, funded through Arts Queensland and the State Library of Queensland to support professional development.

This year the awards will celebrate 30 years of the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer and the second year of the QUT Digital Literature Award. Both awards now offer $15,000 prize money.

Nominations close 5pm on Thursday 31 May 2018, with winners announced at an awards ceremony in October.

Award categories

Open to all Australian writers:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($15,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award ($15,000)
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($15,000)
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($15,000)
  • QUT Digital Literature Award ($15,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
  • David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer ($15,000)

Open to Queensland writers only:

  • Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer ($15,000)
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards (two awards of $12,500)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award ($10,000)
  • Queensland Writers Fellowship (three awards of $15,000)

Quotes from the Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“The Queensland Government supported the QLA to celebrate top writing talent, help share our stories, and nurture the next generation of writers.

"I’m pleased to note the success of the QLAs, and the Queensland Government’s commitment to match the sponsorship funding across the Queensland Literary Awards which has helped to generate more investment from the private sector.

"The Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance to the value of $25,000 has recognised the exceptional work of Queensland writers Bill Wilkie, Lesley and Tammy Williams and Libby Connors.”

Minister Enoch encouraged young writers under 30 years of age to apply for two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards, each to the value of $12,500.

“These two awards are for young Queensland writers in traditional or contemporary forms.”

Quotes from the State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“State Library is proud to support the Queensland Literary Awards which allow authors to showcase their work and provide pathways to develop sustainable careers in the literary field.

“We are grateful to have the continued support of key QLA partners including the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, QUT, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail and Jenny Summerson.”

For more information:qldliteraryawards.org.au.

20 Mar 2018

$2,000 for Queensland’s next great young writer

$2,000 for Queensland’s next great young writer

Entries are now open for the State Library of Queensland’s annual Young Writers Award, with $2,000 going to the winner of the popular short story competition.

For more than 20 years the competition has helped launch the literary careers of the next generation of great Queensland writers.

The competition is open to Queensland residents aged 15 to 25 years and is divided into two categories: 15 to 17 years (1,500 words) and 18 to 25 years (2,500 words).

The winner of the 18 to 25 years category receives $2,000 prize money, and the winner of the 15 to 17 years category receives $500.

Runners-up and highly commended entrants are awarded prize money and book packs.

All prize winners receive a membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Entries close 5pm on Friday 30 April, with the winners announced at the Young Writers Conference at State Library in July.

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“Investment in young writers is an absolute priority for the Queensland Government.

This competition has a solid history of identifying and nurturing talent, linking young writers to professional networks and publishing opportunities.

The impressive list of past winners and finalists — from Rebecca Jessen and Christopher Currie to Shastra Deo and Tara June Winch — demonstrates the quality of writing produced by young people in Queensland.”

Quotes from the State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The annual competition not only provides recognition for talented young Queensland writers, but also helps writers find their voice and launch their literary careers.

With over 300 entrants last year, the State Library hopes the competition will continue to encourage connection and expression through creative writing and story across Queensland.”

The Young Writers Award is presented by the State Library of Queensland with support from Queensland Writers Centre.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards for guidelines and entry forms, and to read past winning stories

19 Mar 2018

State Library fellows dominate Stella Prize shortlist

State Library fellows dominate Stella Prize shortlist

Half the writers shortlisted for the national Stella Prize have won fellowships through the State Library of Queensland’s writing programs.

Claire G. Coleman, black&write! Fellowship winner, Mirandi Riwoe, current Queensland Writers Fellowship winner and Krissy Kneen, past Queensland Writers Fellowship winner, have all been shortlisted for the Australian women’s literary award which will be announced next month.

The black&write! and Queensland Writers Fellowships support home-grown writers and help share their work with an Australian and global readership.

The three annual Queensland Writers Fellowships, worth $15,000 each, provide support for leading Queensland writers to develop a writing project towards publication over a 12-month period.

The Queensland Writers Fellowships are funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and State Library of Queensland, and supported by Queensland Writers Centre. 

The black&write! Fellowships are part of a national program to foster a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing community.

The State Library project is the first of its kind in Australia and is designed to recruit, train, and mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander editors to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-authored manuscripts.

black&write!is supported by the Australian Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts, and Hachette Australia.

Quotes from Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch:

“I am delighted to see three State Library of Queensland fellowship winners on the Stella shortlist.

“The Queensland Government is a proud supporter of the state’s literary community, and continues to provide aspiring writers with opportunities to develop their manuscripts and writing projects.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The State Library congratulates all the Stella shortlisted writers. We are especially proud of State Library fellowships winners Claire, Mirandi and Krissy for their Stella shortlisting.

“This shortlisting demonstrates the value and importance of our fellowship programs and the calibre of the writers who apply for them.

“We would like to thank all our supporters and sponsors who help promote writing and creativity in Queensland.”

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12 Mar 2018

Spinifex paper and reclaimed plastic: the Queen’s Baton at SLQ

Spinifex paper and reclaimed plastic: the Queen’s Baton at SLQ

Discover the story behind the design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The Bright Bold Boundless display goes to the heart of the creative process featuring sketches, digital stories and an exclusive look at prototypes of the 2018 Baton design.

Explore images of the Baton’s journey across the Commonwealth towards the Gold Coast and enjoy rarely-seen Batons from past Commonwealth Games events in Australia.

Bright Bold Boundless is co-curated by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library and the Baton’s designer, Brisbane-based Designworks.

The GC2018 Queen’s Baton is:

  • made of macadamia wood, a stainless steel stringer and reclaimed plastic
  • shaped to reflect the state’s water culture (e.g. surfboards and surfcraft)
  • technology  enabled (GPS tracks the journey of Baton bearers)
  • embedded with the Queen’s message written on spinifex paper

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

This fascinating Queen’s Baton display showcases Queensland creativity and ingenuity, combining traditional storytelling with cutting-edge technology.
Drawing inspiration from our extraordinarily diverse geography and enviable lifestyle, I encourage locals and visitors to our state to explore the uniquely Queensland story behind the innovative design of the Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

Quotes from the State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“Exploring innovation and enterprise is part of State Library’s vision as a collector of Queensland stories.
Bright Bold Boundless looks at contemporary design practices and how design thinking was integral in the creation of this year’s Queen’s Baton.”

Quotes from Designworks co-founder Alexander Wall:

“The consultative nature of the design process informed the selection of the local materials used in the making of the Queen’s Baton. We’re excited to share our work and the design process used, hopefully inspiring others pursuing a creative sustainable practice.
The Baton draws inspiration from the boundless energy of the people, place and spirit of the Gold Coast.”

Bright Bold Boundless: Designing the Queen’s Baton

Open daily until 12 August 2018                                             
Free entry                                                                                
Asia Pacific Design Library, level 2                                          
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct

The Untold Stories of the GC2018 Baton
31 March, 3pm–4.30pm
Free talk | Bookings required
SLQ Auditorium 2

baton.slq.qld.gov.au | #slqbrightboldboundless | #QBR2018

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2 Mar 2018

Lifestyle choices — finding fulfilment under the Queensland sun

Lifestyle choices — finding fulfilment under the Queensland sun

What are the ingredients of a meaningful life?  A skipping rope, an artist’s paint box, forty winks under a Jacaranda tree, helping your neighbours in a tropical cyclone, or even, a bowl of prunes.

State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) Lifestyle: a sunshine state of mind exhibition explores the unique ways Queenslanders have pursued meaningful and rewarding lives since the late 1800s.

Opening 3 March, Lifestyle delves into the quirks of the Queensland sensibility through the themes of: wellbeing, home, expression, play, community and hope.

A mesmerising collection of curios and heritage items from SLQ’s rare and restricted collections include:

  • original artworks from Queensland’s early expressionist painters
  • quirky tourism posters from the 1950s
  • love notes written on apricot leaves in the Boer War (lovebirds Lionel and Winifred)
  • a collection of home movies from the 1950s (retro bikinis and vintage cars)

The exhibition has a range of lifestyle ambassadors from the wellness industry to human rights activists who will speak about what the themes mean to them.

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The Queensland lifestyle is unique and is imbued with the richness of our diverse geography and population.”

“State Library is custodian of Queensland’s collective memory and we are able to tell the story of our state through our extraordinary collection items. The exhibition is an immersive experience that will guide visitors through a curated view of Queensland’s history and lifestyle using precious paintings, original photographs, unique objects, film, and sound.”

Lifestyle: a sunshine state of mind
3 March – 21 October 2018
Open daily | Free entry
SLQ Gallery, level 2
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct

lifestyle.slq.qld.gov.au | #SLQlifestyle

12 Feb 2018

$100,000 to uncover Queensland stories

$100,000 to uncover Queensland stories

State Library of Queensland is calling for applications for its annual research fellowships, worth up to $20,000 each, which encourage new perspectives on the state’s history.

Applications are now open nationwide, with seven opportunities totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the fellowships allow Queensland’s diverse stories to be discovered, shared and preserved.

“Our collective stories stretch back more than 40,000 years, and there is still so much to uncover about our state’s heritage, culture, places and people,” Ms Enoch said.

“Discovering and sharing these stories is key to enriching our understanding of Queensland’s past and present.”

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said that as the primary custodian of Queensland’s memory, State Library introduced the fellowship program to encourage diverse voices and new ways of using and interpreting SLQ’s collections.  

“The fellowships are open to all, from researchers and academics to artists, writers, musicians and more,” Ms McDonald said.

“In working closely with the library, fellows  bring State Library’s rich and varied collections to life. Their research inspires us to think differently about our past, present and future.”  

The 2018 fellowships include:

John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12-month personal work space) – awarded to support a research project that uses the resources of the John Oxley Library.

Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000 plus 12-month personal work space) – awarded to support a research project that contributes to new knowledge of Queensland’s economic and/or business history.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, four fellowships, including one digital fellowship ($15,000 each plus 12-month personal work space) – to encourage new research and interpretations about Queensland’s involvement in the First World War or other significant military campaign from the last 100 years.

The Q ANZAC 100 digital fellowship calls for applications that will develop a creative digital experience using digital content from SLQ and other collecting institutions.

Letty Katts Award ($5,000 plus 12-month personal work space) – provides the opportunity for a musician, composer, scholar or researcher to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history.

For those interested in applying for a 2018 fellowship, State Library is hosting a fellowship information night on Friday 2 March as well as a Q ANZAC 100 fellows talk on Thursday 8 March.

Applications for all fellowships and residencies open Wednesday 24 January and close Wednesday 21 March.

To submit an application, or for more information on any of the Queensland Memory fellowships, please attend the fellows talk or fellowship information night, or visit slq.qld.gov.au.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 6 June at the annual Queensland Memory Awards ceremony at State Library of Queensland.

For further media information and images please contact:
Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

The John Oxley Library Fellowship and Letty Katts Award are supported by the Queensland Library Foundation.

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School.

The Q ANZAC 100 fellowships are part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program and are proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

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