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Environment and sustainability

Access the collections, resources and content highlighting the diversity of Queensland's unique environment and the historic events that stood up to protect and preserve Queensland's natural wonders. 


Experience images of Queensland's favourite protected landscapes from the past. 

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Bushwalker standing on a rock looking towards Mount Gillies near Mount Barney in 1941.


From the blog

Visitors admiring the plantings on the platform at Kuranda Railway Station, Kuranda, Queensland, 1970
Blogs from Entwined: plants and people
Explore stories about people and plants in Queensland and discover the masterpieces of botanical illustration in our collections.
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‘It was their baby’ - Land ballots and the Fitzroy Basin Brigalow Development Scheme
The Qld government borrowed $23m to develop 4.5 million HA of the brigalow belt 1963 -1976.
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Gale, Ron. (2003). People Swimming near Sea Birds on Michaelmas Cay, Part of the Great Barrier Reef, 1987, Collection reference: 7435 Ron and Ngaire Gale Collection.
The Ron and Ngaire Gale Photographic collection: Treasure collection of the John Oxley Library
Slides and transparencies of North Queensland including Cape York, Gulf, Cairns and Whitsundays.
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Research from past Fellows

2020 John Oxley Library Fellows. Research Reveals: Women of the Great Barrier Reef
Research Reveals: Women of the Great Barrier Reef
Join our 2020 John Oxley Library Fellows as they share their research from the year.
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Liquid Gold: the history of the Great Artesian Basin in Queensland
Join our 2014 John Oxley Library Fellow, Tom Blake as he shares his research from the year.
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Land ballot for reclaimed princkly-pear blocks Chinchilla 1931
Research Reveals: Land ballots in Queensland
2018 John Oxley Library Fellow, Dr. Jennifer Moffatt shares her research from the year.
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