Discovering Queensland

Images of Queensland

After the sell out success of the last year’s sessions, the State Library is once again offering members of the public the opportunity to discover more about Queensland’s intriguing history during a six week course led by critically acclaimed author and historian, Professor Raymond Evans.

Professor Raymond Evans (left) discusses items in the collection

Stretching from the many millennia of Aboriginal pre-contact history through to the years of convictism, free settlement, and into the Bjelke-Petersen era and beyond, Professor Evans will take you on a journey into the colourful, surprising and at times disturbing saga that is the history of this unique Australian state.

The course draws from both Professor Evans acclaimed book A History of Queensland, and the John Oxley Library's significant collection of heritage items, to provide a fascinating insight into Queensland’s past. Collection items are placed on display for participants to view and hold.

To enable active discussion of the topics covered, participants receive a copy of Professor Evans’ book and are asked to read the relevant chapters prior to each session. An accompanying Resourse Manual is also provided.

There are a few places left for both evenings if you are interested in attending.

When Every Mon from 1 Mar to 12 Apr, (excludes 5 Apr Easter Public Holiday) 6pm–7.30pm
Or Every Wed from 3 Mar to 7 Apr, 6pm–7.30pm
Where John Oxley Library Reading Room, level 4
Tickets $280, bookings required (includes a copy of Prof. Evans' award-winning book and course manual).


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This very insightful as I recently moved to Australia and study in Queensland. I plan on coming by the Library next week and am really looking forward to explore Queensland history.