White gloves tour visits Caboolture
Last week the State Library and Queensland State Archives visited the Caboolture Library
Saadia Thomson-Dwyer (Senior Reference Archivist, Queensland State Archives) gave a fabulous talk on the Archives, and Ruth Gardiner (Research, Advocacy and Partnerships, State Library of Queensland) presented some rare material from the John Oxley Library. Both talks introduced items of interest to the Caboolture crowd, a group of about 12 local studies enthusiasts. The talks were held at the new Caboolture Library, in the Family and Local History section. Included in the material from the John Oxley Library were items from the Lieutenant George Edwards collection . Edwards was based in the Moreton Bay penal settlement, and in this collection are his badge from the 57th Regiment, his telescope, some personal portraits and his ship board diary, written on his return to Madras from Sydney in 1831 on the ship York.
Also shown was an Archer family Durundur station diary written between 1843-1844. In this particular diary is the recording of a visit by Ludwig Leichhardt. This diary has been digitised on the State Library website. A beautiful estate map advertising the sale of land on the Durundur estate was also taken, along with the Morayfield Railway Station Estate and the Campbell’s Pocket Estate map. A digital copy of all these maps can also be found on the State Library’s catalogue.
Ruth Gardiner - Distributed Collections Coordinator, State Library of Queensland