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Give happy, live happy - celebrating our volunteers

By Administrator | 12 May 2016

It's National Volunteers Week from May 9-15. We love any excuse to celebrate and thank our volunteers for their invaluable contribution to SLQ staff and visitors.

Here are some of the stories of just a few of our 100+ volunteers.

Left to right: Bec, Kara, Rosemary, Kate and Theo

Left to right: Bec, Kara, Rosemary, Kate and Theo

Bec and Kate are on a treasure hunt, searching our original materials boxes for audio-visual items. Once identified, our Collection Preservation staff will be able to determine how to preserve these at-risk items, such as records, cassettes and videos, so they can be accessed in the future.

Kara is also involved in preservation work, working in digital media to transfer at-risk information from CD-ROMS to external hard drives.

Rosemary is transcribing the diaries of Claudius Buchanan Whish, dated from 1855 to 1889. Whish was sugar-planter, civil servant and member of the Queensland Legislative Council.

Theo will gladly welcome you to the SLQ Gallery and give you a tour of our exhibitions.



Charlie has been researching the records of every ship that came to Queensland between 1848 and 1964 and where these records are held. Some records are held here at SLQ, others at State or National Archives or even in books.



Faith is a former SLQ staff member and a passionate musician. Faith is undertaking a stocktake of our music score collection on Level 3, checking that each score has the correct parts, adding labels and editing catalogue records.

Sue (left) and Margaret (right)

Sue (left) and Margaret (right)

Sue and Margaret know everything there is to know about SLQ's building  and services as they conduct tours for visitors and school groups. Sue's friendly face is often seen at our events, such as the Big Day of Belonging and Fun Palace.

We are so grateful to all our volunteers for their contribution to making our spaces welcoming and our collections accessible. Thank you, one and all!

To volunteer at SLQ, visit: /about-us/corporate/jobs/volunteering

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