Banding Together

In March 2013 the library will launch a major exhibition featuring bands in Queensland, in the State Library of Queensland Gallery.  Every type of band (eg Rock, Military, Brass, Jazz, Country, Punk, Gothic, Concert, Pipe, Marching, Folk, Irish, Garage etc) is likely to be included, although the exhibition is still in the design stages.

What we have noticed, however, whilst researching the exhibition, is that we have significant gaps in our collection which we’d like you to help us fill. If you have any items relating to any Queensland band of any type, from the earliest times to the present, including photos, membership lists, programs, posters, leaflets, concert tickets, recordings, music, and any other related material, which you would like to donate to the library, please get in touch with me.

We wish to collect and preserve as much of the history of our bands as possible because so many of us have been involved in a band of some type, and have enjoyed both the music and the social and community life they offer. Bands are an important part of the cultural history of Queenslanders.

All items in the John Oxley Library are preserved in ideal conditions for their preservation and use by current and future generations of Queenslanders, as well as researchers from around the world.

Laurel Dingle, Queensland Music Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

t (07) 38407835



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Love the photographs you have included. Look forward to.the evolving story of the exhibition.

Looking forward to this - do you have histories of venues in Brisbane? will this feature also?cheersJon

Dear Jon,Thanks for your recent blog comment – and - Yes, we are going to feature venues. However, your question interests me. Do you know of a collection, or collections featuring venues which we might be able to acquire? Our collection is not comprehensive, or even particularly strong in this area, and we would like to collect any library material relating to Queensland venues which is available. Suitable material would include books about venues, photos, programs, flyers, tickets, films, videos, sound recordings, newsletters, magazines, etc. Thanks for your continuing interest in our collection.Laurel - State Library of Queensland