Skip to main content
state library of queensland
View along Adelaide Street from George Street with the buildings decorated for the Royal Visit, 1954
  • Home
  • /

  • Living Queensland

Living Queensland

Explore the essence of Queensland life through the John Oxley Library's collection, showcasing landscapes, communities, and cultural celebrations.

Down at the base of the Barron Gorge, Queensland, 1966
Natural Queensland
Explore collections documenting the natural beauty of the Queensland landscape and the collections that expose the nature of its fury, testing human endeavour, response and recovery.
View collections
Restaurant owner Sabor Mesghum in Moorooka, Queensland, 2013
Spirit of community
Explore collections showcasing the spirit of Queensland and the communities that contribute to Queensland's culture and lifestyle.
View collections
Night shift begins at a Bowen Basin coal mine near Coppabella, Queensland, 2012
Industrious Queensland
The success of Queensland is achieved through work and commitment. Learn more about the industries and the jobs people do, helping to keep our state on the map.
View collections
National Exhibition at the Show Grounds, Brisbane
Festivals and Celebrations
Explore the collections of the John Oxley Library showcasing the diverse ways Queenslanders celebrate culture, lifestyle and experiences of living in Queensland.
View collections
 Woman with megaphone during march at Marriage Equality Rally in Brisbane, 2011
LGBTQIA+ collections
Discover ephemera, photographs, posters, costumes and other items that celebrate the diversity of LGBTQIA+ communities in Queensland. Watch, listen and read the stories of people coming out, struggling with prejudice and learning to embrace life. Browse a curated list of LGBTQIA+ related collections at State Library on our One Search catalogue.
View collections

Digital stories

State Library of Queensland collects digital stories that help to preserve and capture the stories of Queenslanders going about their everyday lives and experiences. They include stories about people, places and community sharing aspects of Queensland's unique social history, business and fields of industry and practice.

A Sporting Great

Aunty Lesley Williams talks about the ‘Imparas’, the Cherbourg Marching Girls team who travelled the country during an era of restrictions on Aboriginal people. [21235374460002061]

Seaman Dan

ARIA-award winning musician Henry Gibson (Seaman Dan) talks about his life and family, his musical career and work as a pearl diver. [447667] 

Community Bands

A digital story focussing on community bands and the music that brings players and interested parties and supporters together. [Acc 28956] 

Karen and Alan Pedersen, Karma Waters Station

Alan Pedersen and family share their thoughts about the ceremony of drinking tea and its significance to their everyday lives working on a cattle station in Queensland. [36115469]

Sarah Jenyns

The family of business pioneer, inventor and trained nurse Sarah Jenyns talk about Sarah’s contribution and design of a garment to support women’s health.  Acc 29634/13]

Sallyanne Atkinson

Brisbane's first and only female Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson talks about her role in local government.

Experience Queensland

State Library of Queensland holds a vast collection of photographs, negatives, copy prints and album collections recording aspects of Queensland’s history, settlement and development. Access public domain images on State Library’s Flickr Commons channel.
Flickr gallery
Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, January 10, 1929