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The John Oxley Library is Open

By JOL Admin | 17 February 2011

After a period of closure following the floods in January the State Library is now open to the public once again. Visitors can expect to be pleasantly surprised by the new look John Oxley Library Reading Room on level 4 as some refurbishments have occured with an extended Information Desk and new collection point shelving.

New extended John Oxley Library Information Desk.

To celebrate the State Library's reopening there will be a range of events happening this weekend.

Historic images of floods throughout Queensland from the John Oxley Library collection will be projected in the State Library's knowledge walk throughout the weekend.



On Saturday 19 October a display will be on show in the Fox Family White Gloves Room on level 4 featuring Oxley collection items documenting floods in Queensland from the 1800s to 2011. These will range from recent acquisitions such as Premier Anna Bligh's original handwritten "we're the people they breed tough north of the border" speech notes to paintings, maps, historic photograph albums, and rare ephemeral items such as the 1893 flood relief coupons pictured.

1893 flood relief coupon. Issued by the Executive of the Relief Committee, Town Hall. John Oxley Library Ephemera Collection.

At 2pm in auditorium 2, on level 2, historian Dr Helen Gregory will  appear in conversation with Louise Denoon from the John Oxley Library in the first of our Out of the Port lectures for 2011.

Thankfully all of the State Library's collections, including our precious John Oxley Library heritage materials, were safe and secure from the recent flood waters. Oxley staff, many of whom had properties that sustained flood damage, helped with clean up activities at the library and by collecting materials to be added the the John Oxley Library as a record of the 2011 floods.

We welcome back all of our valued researchers and visitors.


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