slq Gallery | Welcome home to Torres Strait

Strait Home in the slq Gallery was an immersive digital installation. Using the Torres Strait Island collections of the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, the installation provided the visitor with a rich experience of Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage through a curated visual and aural landscape.

The collections of the John Oxley Library include the Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islands Material and the Dr Wilhelm Lorenz Rechnitz Papers.

Both collections are of national significance and contribute to the understanding of Torres Strait Islander history, languages, material and social culture and knowledge systems.

Utilising never-before-seen photographic and film recordings from these collections, and overlaid with a soundscape that included the original wax cylinder Torres Strait Islander voice recordings from the 1898 Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait, Strait Home in the slq Gallery was a unique opportunity to experience village life in the Torres Strait.

All images featured in the slq Gallery are from the Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islands Material and the Dr Wilhelm Lorenz Rechnitz Papers, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Find out more about Margaret Lawrie and Dr Wilhelm Lorenz Rechnitz.

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The State Library of Queensland gratefully acknowledges the use of sound recordings from the British Library, AC Haddon Collection, and films from the National Film & Sound Archive.