John Oxley Library Award
As Australia’s leading library of Queensland's documentary heritage, the John Oxley Library plays a vital role in the development and communication of Queensland memory.
The John Oxley Library Award recognises an outstanding contribution to the appreciation of Queensland history. The Award is granted annually to promote the value of historical knowledge and its role in shaping Queenslanders' understanding of themselves and each other.
The winner will be selected by an expert panel representing Queensland's historical and cultural community, in consultation with the John Oxley Library. The recipient will receive a $5,000 prize.
The winning nomination may relate to any aspect of Queensland's social, political, economic and cultural life; and may take any form, occurring in any context, and extending over any period of time.
2012 John Oxley Library Award recipients
In 2012, Filmmakers Sean Gilligan and Adrian Strong won the Award for their documentary Fantome Island. The film tells the story of Joe Eggmolesse who was diagnosed with leprosy in 1945 at the age of seven. He was then taken from his family and incarcerated on Fantome Island, an isolated tropical island off the coast of North Queensland.