A busy week in the John Oxley Library

We've had a number of interesting visitors to level four of the State Library in the last few days.

On Tuesday 9 March, throughout the course of the day, over 80 students from St. Margaret's Anglican Girls School came into the John Oxley Library Reading Room to view collection items relating to their studies on WWII.

At the same time visitors from Darnley Island came to spend a day researching body ornamentation and decoration as practiced in the eastern islands of the Torres Straits with influences from wider Melanesia. This research is for a future exhibition supported by Arts Queensland to be titled "Written on the Body". The group included artists Kapua and Florence Gutchen, Lynette Griffith from Erub Erwer Meta and Louise Anson, coordinator of the Darnley Island's Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

From left Louise Denoon, Manager Heritage Collections, Mr Thomas Sebasio, Simon Farley, Manager, Client Services, Heritage Collections, Lynette Griffith (front), project coordinator from Erub Erwer Meta, Louise Anson, coordinator of Darnley IKC, Florence Gutchen (front) and Kapua Gutchen, artists from Darnley Island.

Later in the day staff from Link Up (Qld) Aboriginal Organisation and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies attended a workshop in the Fox Family White Gloves Room on the State Library's Indigenous family history services and resources.

AIATSIS and Link Up staff attend an overview of Indigenous family history resources in the Fox Family White Gloves Room.

On Wednesday 10 March students from Corinda State High School came into the John Oxley Library to look at materials in the collection about the history their school and suburb. Resources include clippings files, photographs, maps, books, and school magazines going back to the 60s.

Kiri McCurdy (left) and Sally Tresillian from Corinda State High with Simon Farley, Heritage Collections

Meanwhile on Monday and Tuesday nights our Discovering Queensland sessions with Professor Raymond Evans continued into the second week with lively discussion on the cruel era of the Moreton Bay penal settlement.

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