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Innovation + Invention: Amazing Stories from the Archives

By JOL Admin | 9 May 2012

On Wednesday 9 May staff from National Archives of Australia, State Library and Queensland State Archives delved into thier vast collections to source information about innovations and inventions in Queensland and more broadly Australian history. This event formed part of the National Trust of Queensland's Heritage Festival for 2012. Each of the talks were interesting and greatly appreciated by those in attendance.

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Special thanks to Greg Cope, Assistant Director, Access and Communication, at the National Archives of Australia's Brisbane Office, Jane Wassell, Senior Reference Archivist, from the Queensland State Archives and the John Oxley Library's Libby Fielding, Coordinator of Legal Deposit Collections, for their presentations. Thanks also to everyone who attended including Ken and Ron Jenyns, grandsons of Ebenezer and Sarah Ann Jenyns who invented the famous Jenyns Patent Corset that Greg spoke about in his talk.

It really is amazing how inventive Australians have been on the world stage...from pineapple peelers and pacemakers to the Hills Rotary Clothes Hoist and the black box flight recorder.

Simon Farley

Manager, Arts Portfolio

State Library of Queensland


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