John Oxley Library Community History Award
The State Library of Queensland and the John Oxley Library have a leading role in ensuring that Queensland’s cultural heritage is collected, organised, preserved and made accessible. Our heritage is a critical contributor to our identity and self-understanding.
Funded by the Queensland Library Foundation, the John Oxley Library Community History Award recognises excellence and innovation in the preservation, recording and sharing of Queensland history by community organisations. The Award promotes the rich history of Queensland’s diverse communities, and seeks to encourage the communication of those histories in varied formats. The achievement being recognised may take the form of a print or online publication, exhibition, website, blog, multimedia presentation, walk or tour.
The 2017 winner of the John Oxley Library Community History Award is the Annerley-Stephens History Group for their continued and highly successful community project the Frank Corley House Photo project.
The Frank Corley House Photo Project aims to uncover the houses of the inner Southside of Brisbane photographed by Frank Corley in the 1970s. Frank Corley was a commercial photographer who photographed almost every house in Brisbane as he drove past in his Cadillac in the early 1970s. His wife developed the prints in a van that they had converted to a darkroom. A team of door-to-door salespeople would sell the photos packaged in a cardboard calendar priced at 85 cents.
Before Frank passed away, he bequeathed the remaining photos in his collection to the John Oxley Library. The JOL holds around 50,000 photos taken around South East Queensland that were not purchased by residents. Digitisation of these photographs has commenced and the digital images have been used by the Annerley-Stephens group in their community engagement activities.
Image: L-R Annerley – Stephens History Group Vice-President Denis Peel and President Bill Elliot accept the John Oxley Library Community History Award in 2017 from State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, Vicki McDonald.
Photographer Joe Ruckli, State Library of Queensland