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19 May 2016
State Library shares regional Queensland’s First World War history
State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is helping to share the state’s First World War history by coordinating local content for the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience.
The Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience is a travelling exhibition which provides visitors with an opportunity to share the experiences of Australia’s First World War soldiers, sailors and nurses as they battled against often overwhelming odds.
Containing artefacts from the Australian War Memorial’s collection and using photographs, film and projection, the exhibition provides many perspectives of Australia’s involvement in the First World War in an immersive, innovative way.
Through the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, SLQ is playing a vital role in the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience in Queensland by curating the ‘local stories’ zones in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville. These local perspectives are an integral part of the experience and will be created in partnership with each local community and will contribute a lasting legacy for each region.
Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the local stories present a unique opportunity to uncover and share Queensland’s untold and lesser known First World War stories.
“Through Q ANZAC 100 and its state-wide reach, SLQ is perfectly positioned to ensure that towns across Queensland have the opportunity to contribute their First World War stories to this unique travelling exhibition,” Mrs Cooper said.
“By curating an exhibition of community-sourced objects, we will be able to share some extraordinary untold First World War stories which are region-specific.”
“This exhibition will contribute to developing a lasting First World War legacy while furthering our understanding of Queensland’s involvement in and experiences during the war years.”
The Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience is travelling to Toowoomba, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville from May to September 2016.
Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is presented by the Australian Government and the Australian War Memorial, and proudly supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra.
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State Library of Queensland Communications
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SLQ is searching for First World War stories accompanied by photographs and artefacts from across Queensland for possible inclusion in the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience local stories zones.
3 May 2016
State Library digitises Queensland’s Anzac history
Anzac Day 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Anzac Day services held in Queensland. To mark the occasion, State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has recently digitised the first minute book of the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee which records the origins of the committee and its earliest meetings in 1916.
The committee was formed on 10 January 1916 at a public meeting when local land agent, Thomas Augustine Ryan, put forward a recommendation to form a committee to explore ways of honouring the fallen soldiers of the Gallipoli campaign. The committee quickly devised a ceremonial day to be held on 25 April 1916, the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
“Queensland has a proud history of supporting our Defence Forces and this year we also pay tribute to those Queenslanders who led the way in commemorating the sacrifices our diggers made,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“Every year since, Queenslanders have come together in towns and cities across our state to pay their respects. I commend the State Library for the efforts they’ve gone to to ensure this rich part of Queensland’s history has been protected and will be shared with all Queenslanders for generations to come.”
Through the years, the committee has overseen the conduct of Anzac Day services and activities all over Queensland, and remains central to the organisation of these events today.
By a Deed of Gift, SLQ holds the business records of the committee, a unique collection which includes minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
The recently digitised minute book reveals the ideas and discussions which contributed to the original Anzac Day event and the development of elements which are still part of Anzac Day today.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the digitisation of the committee minute book and other items provides the opportunity for Queenslanders to explore this often unknown chapter in the state’s Anzac history.
“It is not commonly known that Australia’s Anzac Day traditions have their origins in Queensland and the unique items being digitised by State Library are helping to share that story,” Ms Enoch said.
“This is just another way that the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program is creating opportunities for people to uncover key moments and stories which reveal how Queenslanders experienced the First World War, both at home and abroad.”
Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said SLQ plays a leading role in ensuring Queensland’s collective First World War memory is available to be explored and shared.
“This year’s Anzac Day commemoration is a significant milestone in the First World War centenary period and SLQ’s collection items can enhance our understanding of the origins and importance of this occasion,” Mrs Cooper said.
“It’s important to commemorate and understand Queensland’s First World War history and its impact on our communities. The work that SLQ is doing to preserve and digitise precious First World War items is creating a lasting legacy for current and future generations of Queenslanders.”
Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
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26 Apr 2016
Queensland Literary Awards open for nominations to celebrate home grown writing talent
Australian authors are encouraged to nominate for the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said programs such as the Queensland Literary Awards showcase the depth of creativity in Queensland’s talented writers.
“As a former English teacher and an avid reader, I’m thrilled to see the vibrancy of our state’s literary talent,” Ms Enoch said.
“State Library of Queensland leads the way in nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas in Queensland – something that is critical to driving an innovative and inclusive community.
“Through hosting these awards, State Library is creating opportunities for emerging writers to develop work for publication and secure careers in the creative industries.
“The QLA play an important role in discovering local writers and sharing their work with international audiences.”
CEO and State Librarian Mrs Sonia Cooper paid tribute to the many organisations that support and champion the Queensland Literary Awards.
“We are grateful to have the continued support of key QLA partners including The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Mrs Cooper said.
Nominations for the 2016 awards are being sought in the following categories:
- Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
- The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($10,000)
- The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award ($10,000)
- Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($10,000)
- Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($10,000)
- University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
- University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
- State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
- Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
- Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
- The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)
The Awards also encompass the Queensland Writers Fellowships, worth $15,000, awarded to three Queensland writers each year for professional development.
Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards close on 3 June 2016. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.
For more information about the Queensland Literary Awards and Queensland Writers Fellowships or to access nomination forms, see www.qldliteraryawards.org.au
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12 Apr 2016
Explore Queensland’s First World War stories from the home front
Join Australia’s leading historical and cultural commentators to discuss how the lives of Queenslanders were impacted at home during the First World War at State Library of Queensland’s upcoming symposium On the Home Front.
On the Home Front is a free, thought-provoking forum that explores the changing social, political and cultural landscape that shaped Queensland during and after the war years.
Commencing with a welcome function and keynote address on Tuesday 10 May, the full day symposium on Wednesday 11 May will feature individual presentations and panel discussions from historians, academics, and writers.
Keynote speakers Professor Joan Beaumont and Professor Mick Dodson will share their unique perspectives on the largely untold stories of the First World War. Led by MC and facilitator Ian Townsend, author and journalist, speakers will discuss the intersecting social, political and cultural narratives that shaped the way war was perceived and experienced by families, communities and other social groups at home.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said it was important to foster a greater understanding of the home front experiences for future generations of Queenslanders.
“The ‘real’ history of the First World War is seen to have taken place in other countries – on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Fromelles and Villers-Bretonneux – rather than in the local communities of Bundaberg, Brisbane and Charters Towers,” Ms Enoch said.
“Understanding Queensland’s home front history gives us a more complete picture of our shared history. On the Home Front offers the opportunity to engage with a variety of perspectives which will help us to better understand Queensland’s experience of the First World War.”
State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the Queensland home front stories reflect a divided society impacted by brutal, faraway war.
“On the Home Front symposium aims to connect, understand and honour those that experienced the First World War at home,” Mrs Cooper said.
“It’s important for us in 2016 to connect with the untold histories and stories that were experienced by individuals, social groups and communities. To understand and remember how women lived their lives with loss, how Indigenous families never saw their son’s or husband’s pay or medals, or how the German community was persecuted, is to truly honour the sacrifice made by those at home during the First World War.”
For more information and to register for the free symposium, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on.
On the Home Front is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
On the Home Front
State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings required
Tue 10 May, 6pm–8.30pm
Keynote address and welcome function
Wed 11 May, 8.30am–3.30pm
Presentations and panel discussions, incl. morning tea and lunch
Keynote speaker (Tue 10 May)
Professor Joan Beaumont, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University and author of Broken Nation: Australian and the Great War
Keynote speaker (Wed 11 May)
Professor Mick Dodson, Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University
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9 Apr 2016
Discover Queensland’s keepsakes of the First World War
State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has opened its latest Treasures Wall display, Keepsakes of War as part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program.
The display showcases items from SLQ’s First World War collections, such as souvenirs and postcards, preserved as tangible reminders of Queensland’s wartime experience.
State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said that the items on display provide an insight into the unique social and cultural climate that was fostered in Queensland during and after the First World War.
“While the items displayed in Keepsakes of War can never paint a complete picture, they can reveal private experiences and, as a collection, these personal mementos can provide a greater understanding of how Queenslanders experienced the First World War, both at home and overseas,” Mrs Cooper said.
“From service badges and memorial medallions to souvenir wall hangings and cushion covers from Egypt, this display goes beyond the battlefront and home front histories, and focuses on the personal stories of dozens of Queenslanders who experienced the war first hand.”
The SLQ Treasures Wall will feature a different themed exhibition for every year of the Centenary of the First World War and provides an opportunity to explore and expose different aspects of Queensland’s war time experience.
SLQ and the John Oxley Library are the custodians of the state’s First World War history and these displays allow some of the precious collection items to be viewed, while providing greater context and understanding of how the First World War impacted Queenslanders.
Keepsakes of War is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.
Keepsakes of War
9 April 2016 – 26 March 2017
Treasures Wall, Level 4, SLQ
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State Library of Queensland Communications
12 Mar 2016
Celebration of female Indigenous identities in new art exhibition
A new exhibition at State Library of Queensland will celebrate identity and image through larger than life portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch today launched Black Velvet: your label, a solo exhibition by inaugural kuril dhagun Artist in Residence Boneta-Marie Mabo.
Black Velvet features four oil painting portraits of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander women, alongside five striking life-sized sculptures of women emerging from black velvet, a metaphor for Indigenous women escaping the labels placed on them.
Rather than reclaiming or endorsing the derogatory term ‘black velvet’, Boneta-Marie aims to build awareness, and calls for acknowledgement, hope and change.
Minister Enoch said the exhibition drew attention to ongoing contemporary issues for Indigenous women in Queensland and across Australia.
“Through her artwork, Boneta-Marie honours the self-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, giving them a voice that was historically denied,” Ms Enoch said.
The new body of works showcased in Black Velvet were developed after Boneta-Marie’s 2015 residency in kuril dhagun, where the artist worked within the theme, ‘unsettled’.
State Librarian Sonia Cooper said Boneta-Marie’s work demonstrated the immense potential of the Artist in Residence program.
“SLQ is proud to be able to offer this level of support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and to work with them in this way,” she said.
“This program is an opportunity for Indigenous artists throughout Queensland to use their individual and cultural knowledge to shed new light on SLQ’s collections,” Mrs Cooper said.
Through her research into the library’s original materials and collections, Boneta-Marie discovered historical portraits of Indigenous women, referred to with derogatory terms such as ‘black velvet’ in place of names.
Boneta-Marie said that after seeing countless unnamed women, often in imposed domestic duty roles, it brought home the fact these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women weren’t valued as part of Australian society.
“This led me to create a series of works to celebrate our identities and create a positive representation of us that isn’t often seen in mainstream art,” Boneta-Marie said.
“The sculptures celebrate the black woman’s body and the black velvet material used is a visual representation of the labels forced upon us that are not our identity.”
Black Velvet: your label is a free exhibition that will be on display in kuril dhagun at State Library of Queensland until 29 May 2016.
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1 Mar 2016
4.5 metre architectural pavilion rises up at State Library
Brisbane will be the first Australian city to host a touring architectural installation designed by world renowned Vietnamese Vo Trong Nghia Architects.
As part of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s (SCAF) Fugitive Structures series, a gridded bamboo structure with a floating transparent ceiling will be unveiled today at the entrance to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) to mark the opening of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF).
The pavilion will be on display for the duration of the two week forum and will remain until 15 May, before it moves to SCAF’s courtyard garden in Sydney.
Tailored specifically for the SLQ site, the pavilion is the fourth iteration of an annual architectural installation presented by SCAF.
Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier Mark Ryan said the impressive structure over the main entrance provided a fitting welcome to a gathering of some of the region’s leading architects.
“Grafting a fresh, unusual structure onto the old, gives the entrance a new look that will attract the attention of visitors and increase interest in Brisbane’s buildings,” Mr Ryan said. “Expressive architecture like this is a luxury and we are fortunate to have it in Queensland first, so I encourage everyone to see this work before it moves on.”
Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said SLQ was delighted to partner with SCAF to bring the work of Vo Trong Nghia Architects to a new Australian audience.
“It’s a real coup for State Library through the Asia Pacific Design Library to host an installation of this calibre,” Mrs Cooper said. “Vo’s integration of local materials and traditional skills with contemporary aesthetics and modern approaches aligns perfectly with the forum’s exploration of how new world cities are responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Asian century through architecture.”
“It’s my hope the pavilion provides a talking point for our visitors and inspires robust discussion about architecture’s role in the region.”
Dr Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF said the pavilion’s design centres around two central pillars of Vo Trong Nghia’s approach to architecture.
“The work demonstrates Vo’s innovative use of bamboo, and his passion – and self imposed duty – to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation,” Dr Sherman said.
“Vo pushes the limits of a strong, lightweight and highly sustainable traditional building material. He aims to increase bio-diversity and to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment.”
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10am today. Interviews and photo opportunities will be available.
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1 Mar 2016
Inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum Opens
Leading architects from across the region have gathered in Brisbane today for the opening of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF), an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland (SLQ).
The two-week forum designed for architecture enthusiasts, professionals, educators and students includes a program of exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops, and a one-day symposium featuring leading practitioners from the region.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the forum opens discussion on the way new-world cities are responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Asian century.
“For the next fortnight, leading architects from across the Asia Pacific region have the opportunity to discuss how their profession can innovate in the face of unprecedented growth,” Ms Enoch said.
“Budding designers can also benefit from the program with the Little Designers workshop allowing children to learn about design and architecture through play.”
Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said she is excited that SLQ will be the hub to show architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability and economy of the region.
“We’re entering an exciting era for creativity and growth, and I am delighted SLQ is partnering with Architecture Media to play a role in shaping our future cities,” she said.
Architecture Media’s Editorial Director, Cameron Bruhn, said the forum provides opportunities for a dynamic collaboration between business, government, institutions and associations.
“The stimulating program of events will celebrate contemporary architecture and anticipate its exciting future. Over the course of the next two weeks, participants will engage in a timely conversation about architecture from across the region and Queensland's important contribution to its culture," Mr Bruhn said.
Highlights of the Forum include: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s Green Ladder pavilion, designed by award-winning Vietnamese Vo Trong Nghia Architects, which aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment; the ArchitectureAP Symposium, a one-day conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers; Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific, a Museum of Brisbane exhibition featuring models of unbuilt work by architects from Queensland and Brisbane’s Asia Pacific sister cities; and the UQ Architecture lecture series, featuring leading local, national and international architects.
The forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland; presenting partners Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN, and Museum of Brisbane; event partners the University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects and Artisan; in association with QAGOMA — 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Inspiring Australia and Maison & Objet Asia.
For further information, including the full program and booking details, visit aparchitectureforum.com
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22 Feb 2016
State Library puts the spotlight on architecture
The popular UQ Architecture lecture series returns to State Library of Queensland (SLQ) next week, to ignite discussion and debate around the role of architecture in the 21st century.
The series, now in its sixth year, invites leading local, national and international architects to share and discuss new ideas and knowledge centred on the role of architecture and design in the Asia Pacific.
Acting State Librarian Sonia Cooper said the 2016 series intends to explore regional connections to Asia Pacific, architectural futures and social responsibility in the profession.
“The series will provide an opportunity for a local audience to be part of a conversation about regional connections and help place Queensland architecture in a much bigger context,” Mrs Cooper said.
Series curator Antony Moulis, Associate Professor at UQ Architecture, said audiences can expect a diversity of perspectives on architecture as well as discussion on the situations architects find themselves in culturally, socially and politically as they realise their work.
“There are some really exceptional architects in this year’s series who are doing things beyond the everyday of architectural practice,” he said.
“At UQ we're very excited about the impact the talks can have on rethinking the city and architecture's capacity for real social engagement.”
Seoul-based architect Moon Hoon will kick-off the series on Tuesday 1 March at 6.30pm, following the official launch of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum at State Library.
The series runs every Tuesday night throughout March and April (excluding 29 March), and will feature architects from Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Kobe, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
Architecture professionals attending the events will be eligible for two formal continuing professional development points (CPD) with the Australian Institute of Architects.
The first two lectures of the series are part of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland.
Date Tuesdays, 1 Mar – 26 Apr (excl. 29 Mar), 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland
Entry Free, bookings slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on
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2016 UQ Architecture lecture series
Date: Tue 1 March 2016
Speaker: Moon Hoon (Seoul) – Moon Hoon Architects
Date: Tue 8 March 2016
Speakers: Yo Shimada (Kobe) – TATO Architects
and Paul Hotston (Brisbane) – Phorm
Date: Tue 15 March 2016
Speakers: Lara Nobel (Brisbane) – The Tiny House Company
and Andrew Carter (Brisbane) – The Tiny House Company
Date: Tue 22 March 2016
Speaker: Richard Kirk (Brisbane) – Kirk Architects
Date: Tue 5 April 2016
Speaker: Rodney Eggleston (Melbourne) – MARCH Studio
Anne-Laure Cavigneaux (Melbourne) – MARCH Studio
Date: Tue 12 April 2016
Speaker: Kieran Wong (Perth) – CODA Studio
Date: Tue 19 April 2016
Speaker: Georgia Singleton (Sydney) – Woods Bagot
Date: Tue 26 April 2016
Speaker: Kevin Low (Kuala Lumpur) – Small Projects
27 Jan 2016
Funding to discover Queensland’s past
Researchers are encouraged to explore Queensland’s rich history with the support of State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships.
Applications are now open nationwide for seven fellowships totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Memory Awards help to ensure Queensland’s rich history reaching back more than 40,000 years is discovered and available for all to share.
“There are endless stories to be shared about Queensland’s heritage, culture, places and experiences and this initiative will help reveal those untold stories,” Ms Enoch said.
“Queensland has a diverse and vibrant heritage that needs to be discovered, promoted and shared with others. The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be supporting these seven awards and leading the way for the creation of new knowledge about our state’s history.”
The Queensland Memory Awards comprise:
John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – awarded to support a research project that uses the resources of the John Oxley Library.
Letty Katts Award ($5,000 plus 3 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – provides the opportunity for a musician, composer, scholar or researcher to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study for three months, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history.
The John Oxley Library Fellowship and Letty Katts Award are supported by the Queensland Library Foundation.
Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000 plus 6 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – awarded to support a research project that contributes to new knowledge of Queensland’s economic and/or business history.
This fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between SLQ, The Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School.
Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a new generation, four fellowships ($15,000 each plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts Research Lounge) – to recognise and encourage new research and interpretations about Queensland’s involvement in the First World War.
The State Library is hosting a SLQ Fellowship Information and Showcase Night on the Thursday 3 March.
Applications for all Fellowships and the Award open Wednesday 27 January and will close Thursday 31 March 2016.
To submit an application, or for more information on any of the Queensland Memory Award/Fellowships, please visit slq.qld.gov.au.
The winners will be announced on Thursday 9 June during Queensland Week at the annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony.
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