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John Oxley Library acquires William Robinson sketches

By JOL Admin | 2 April 2009

John Oxley Library, with the support of the Queensland Library Foundation partners, has acquired a series of twenty sketches of the Ekka in 2007 by the internationally renowned Queensland artist William Robinson AO. 

At an event held last night, William Robinson AO took Queensland Library Foundation Partners on a guided tour of this significant acquisition, sharing his enthusiasm for this iconic Queensland institution. 

The twenty sketches were drawn in 2007 after William and his wife Shirley attended the Ekka.  With wit and humour William told some of the stories behind the images – including his love and familiarity with animals, his observations of the range of people who attended – from dairy farmers to showies and the children from all over Brisbane. 

The works are on display in the slq gallery until Sunday 5 April and we encourage all to come to the State Library to see these wonderful sketches.  

The works have been digitised and can be accessed via Manuscripts Queensland and also on the New to the collection pages, with a link as follows: 


This major acquisition supports the John Oxley Library 75th anniversary celebrations this year.


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