Discover some of the treasures and significant collections of the State Library of Queensland. Come back regularly to this area of the website as different collections and services are highlighted.
Sponsored by James C. Sourris, these video interviews offer a unique insight into the life and work of contemporary Australian artists. Filmed in their studios and homes, the stories are an intimate and revealing look at the artists’ work and the influences that shape their practice: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and performance arts.
Gordon Hookey. Waanyi people. Blood on the wattle, blood on the palm 2009. Oil on linen. The James C Sourris, AM, Collection. Gift of James C Sourris, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Our Dreaming: animating country – connecting people to place through animation and storytelling. Through exhibitions, workshops and events Our Dreaming showcases Queensland’s vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, as they are retold through animation. Explore how new mediums have contemporised traditional storytelling, preserving a rich legacy for future generations. Our stories create enduring connections from past to present, people to place and to each other, giving us a sense of belonging. Experience how these stories are being shared and bring your own stories to life.
The Dreaming is eternal, alive and ever-evolving. This is Our Dreaming
Image credit: Elisa Jane Carmichael, Seagrass, this could be the beginning of something, (detail) 2013, Wool and Fabrics
Australian South Sea Islanders
To mark the contribution of Australian South Sea Islanders to Queensland for the past 150 years, State Library of Queensland has engaged with many interested people, in particular members of the Australian South Sea Islander Community to explore collection materials, to digitise content for world-wide access and to develop workshops, programs, discussions, tours and a wide range of exhibitions throughout the State this past year. This included Memories from a Forgotten People, a major collaborative project between the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art, recognising this important year in Queensland’s history. A hidden history with many difficult stories, this rich contribution to Queensland heritage will now be remembered for longevity through blogs, events and everyday recognition.
During 2013, State Library of Queensland, with input from many stake holders, put together a selection of digitised historic content that depicts the story of Melanesians brought to Queensland to work in the sugar and cotton plantations as well and developing a more recent recollection of the Australian South Sea Islander Community today through contemporary stories and imagery.
South Sea Islanders arriving by ship in Bundaberg, Queensland | Negative number: 18058
The Government is growing, circa 1978 Brisbane, Self-Management Organization, Socialist Action Group (Anarchist Tendency) Colour poster, 570 x 440m, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, HPT POL 162
Children's Voices is an exhibition of drawings, paintings and linocuts that were made by children of the Brisbane region in 1997 for the First Australasian Conference on the Rights of the Child, held in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology. The children’s work toured Australia for three years, and is now part of the SLQ collection in the Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children's Art Archive.
Works from the exhibition are again on display at State Library from 19 Oct – 19 Dec 2013.
Closeup detail of A Journal of a Voyage round the World, in His Majesty’s ship Endeavour. In the Years 1768, 1769, 1770 and 1771; undertakes in pursuit of natural knowledge, at the desire of the Royal Society… attributed to James Magra, 1771. and Astronomical observations made in the voyages which were undertaken by order of his present Majesty, for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successfully performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Carteret, Captain Wallis, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, Tamer, Swallow, and Endeavour by William Wales.
The Garage Gamer digital stories share the personal and professional successes of some of Queensland’s most significant figures in the games scene. Through their personal accounts, they reveal the important role that games play in both their lives and the impact they are having on millions of players around the world.
19th century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at SLQ. Explore the prized possessions as well as photo albums, planting journals, and other records of farm life of the Europeans who settled in the Darling Downs from 1839.
Attributed to Charles Gow Simpson, Panorama of Coolangatta taken from the Catholic Church Grounds c.1920, original silver gelatin print, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Acc. 7844
The declaration by then Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen that Brisbane was to host the 1982 Commonwealth Games took place during a long period of struggle for land rights and self-determination by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Queensland.
Tea & Me is a unique collection of stories, memories, pictures and tea cups from contributors all over Queensland.
The tea cups are on display on the Queensland Terrace, Level 2, State Library of Queensland.
Vernon Ah Kee, neither pride nor courage, 2006, 1 of 3, The James C. Sourris, AM, Collection, Gift of James C Sourris through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2007. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program