Mittleheuser interns research the collections of the John Oxley Library

For one week during the June / July school holidays in 2016, Year 11 students Eliza Woods and Caitlin Trout joined staff of the State Library of Queensland to learn more about the professional activities undertaken at State Library due to the generous donation by long time donor to Queensland Library Foundation, Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM.

L - R Brisbane Girls Grammar students Eliza Woods and Caitlin Trout take the opportunity to look through original documents for a reference to a research topic. Photograph by State Library of Queensland, June 2016.

L - R Brisbane Girls Grammar students Eliza Woods and Caitlin Trout take the opportunity to look through original documents for a reference to a research topic. Photograph by State Library of Queensland, June 2016.

Eliza and Caitlin, both students of Brisbane Girls Grammar at the time, were encouraged by their Year 11 History teacher, Ms Alison Dare to apply for the inaugural Mittleheuser student internship program. Each student submitted an application, explaining why they would like to participate in the program. Eliza and Caitlin's successful applications were announced at the Queensland Memory Awards function, June 9, 2016.

Brisbane Girls Grammar Year 11 history student Eliza Woods with Dr Cathryn Mittleheuser AM at the 2016 Queensland Memory Awards event June 9. Photograph by Joe Ruckli, State Library of Queensland.

Brisbane Girls Grammar Year 11 history student Eliza Woods with Dr Cathryn Mittleheuser AM at the 2016 Queensland Memory Awards event June 9. Photograph by Joe Ruckli, State Library of Queensland.

Both history buffs, the girls were also given the opportunity to choose an aspect of Queensland history, research the collections of the John Oxley Library for content and write a blog article to contribute to the John Oxley Library blog portal.

Mr Cooper comes to town - Eliza Woods

Planting the peanut in Kingaroy - Caitlin Trout

Anne Scheu - Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland

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During their time with Discovery Services at SLQ, Eliza and Caitlin helped us put together a collection on the QANZAC100: Memories for a New Generation Historypin hub. The collection, Spirit of Anzac: Artworks from the schools of Livingstone Shire, contains paintings from an exhibition held at Yeppoon Town Hall. You can view the collection here: https://www.historypin.org/en/spirit-of-anzac/

Eliza and Caitlin also curated a Flickr album about Brisbane City Hall with out of copyright photos from the State Library collection. The girls did a really great job and picked some interesting photos, there's more to City Hall than meets the eye. Check it out here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskz59VYL