Queensland State and Local Election Photographs 2012
Cast your minds back if you dare dear citizens of Queensland, when we flexed our democratic muscles in the 2012 State election and delivered an unprecedented result in our sunny State's history. And what about the numerous local elections held throughout Queensland in that same year, which mostly followed that voting trend?
As time has marched on, and as our pollies turned their minds to governing, the experiences of the 2012 elections have undoubtedly disappeared from our minds as quickly as Antony Green called the Queensland State election result.
In time; however, we may have cause to look back at the 2012 epic electoral battles, the campaign trails of the victors and vanquished, or the colourful characters of the Queensland political scene. That’s where we come in!
Election signs and umbrellas, ella ella eh eh eh, for the 2012 Queensland State Election outside the polling centre at Rainworth State School in Bardon Queensland. 28488, Gareth Manson 2012 Queensland Election Photographs 2012
Traditionally photographs have been used in research to corroborate or illustrate historical text. Yet photographs in of themselves are documents conveying a contemporary context and, as such, are a wonderful primary resource to draw from.
To that end, we commissioned a group of three marvellous photographers: Hamish Cairns; Dean Saffron; and Peter Fischmann, to capture those ‘moments in time’ around the state and local elections. We also acquired a collection from Gareth Manson.
Their wonderful digital photographs, which are just as powerful aesthetically as they are as records and narratives, have entered the contemporary collections of the John Oxley Library and are available through our catalogue.
Have a squiz!
Zenovia Pappas – Contemporary Collecting Coordinator, State Library of Queensland