Collecting The Queen

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave to the Brisbane crowd during the 1970 Royal Tour. Still from Film 10 - Royal visit, 1970. 29226 Bill Rahmann films 1948-ca 1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Old photographs and home movies provide an important window into our past. State Library has extensive historical collections documenting Queensland, Queenslanders and our history, but some periods and events are less well documented than others.  

This is why we invite people to consider donating personal and family papers, photographs and other items to become part of the John Oxley Library. Currently we are seeking photographs and home movies relating to the 1970s and 1980s Royal visits of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Queensland. If this sounds like something you can help with, we'd love to hear from you. 

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Brisbane during their 1977 Royal visit. Still from 29652 Eric Marshall Motion Pictures 1950s-1970s. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland


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I am not certain that this will qualify. I believe that it was in 1979 that all States were invited to mount a display at the International Garden Festival Adelaide. This was a large walk through display of gardens depicting the various States and Territories.
The Queensand Government was keen to participate. As President of the Queensland Nursery Industry, at that time, I was asked to coordinate the display. This was done, and to my surprise, Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth attended the Garden Festival. It was, in front of the Queensland Exhibit, that I was presented to the Queen by the President of the Nursery Industry Association of South Australia. I have got a photograph which I could forward, if it is considered appropriate.
Sheila Thompson
Past President NGIQ

Hi Sheila,
Thank so much for contacting us. This photo sounds very interesting. If you're considering donating this item to us, we have an online donation form to fill in and a member from our Collection Building team will then be in touch. You can find the form here -…