Local content

State Library provides many ways to engage with local community heritage content in its collections. Collections contain primary and secondary reference sources for research into Queensland local history from various time periods, places, occupations and activities.

They are available via the One Search catalogue, Ask a Librarian, and in the John Oxley Library reading room.

John Oxley Library's rare books collection contains important early printed Queenslandiana content. Its photographic holdings, numbering over one million images, are widely regarded as one of Australia's prominent historical photographic collections. State Library has an extensive collection of photographs depicting Queensland life from colonial times to the present day. Many are digitised and available to peruse online via the catalogue.

Original Content include records of businesses, churches, societies, trade unions, institutions, pastoral properties and more. The records come in the form of letters, diaries, ledgers, photographs and oral histories. Almost all material is specific to Queensland places – for example, John Oxley Library collects images of ships which entered a port in order to do business in Queensland or records of firms that operated in Queensland

Published Content collections at the John Oxley Library include newspapers, ephemera, audio, published books, maps, posters and periodicals. Published material about local content is easily searchable in the One Search catalogue. For example, local content can be found in many of the digitised Almanacs in the library's collections. Another rich source of local content can be found in digitised heritage travel books.

John Oxley Library provides comprehensive coverage to many of Queensland newspaper titles and those which are relevant to Queensland's development, due to their proximity to Queensland. Many of Queensland's local and regional newspapers have been digitised and are available through Trove. The newspapers provide intimate details of local communities and regions, not found elsewhere.

State Library has maps dating from before settlement onwards, and estate maps giving details of the formation of Queensland's local subdivisions and sale of land. Post office directories can also be useful, especially those which show names of residents and business owners in communities. Our holdings starting in the late 1800s. Find these through the catalogue or by asking the desk staff, either in person or online.

State Library also houses art and design collections that contain a selection of materials relating to local communities and regions of Queensland.

State Library of Queensland supports local communities and regions through Queensland's connected collections.

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