John Oxley Library Award and John Oxley Library Community History Award

John Oxley Library Award

The 2019 John Oxley Library Award was awarded to Paul Lyons in recognition of his dedication to the recording and sharing of North Queensland news and history, and his efforts to preserve Townsville news archives.

Paul was responsible for rescuing 40 years of North Queensland news and television history from a dumpster bin after the local television station was shut down. The longstanding cameraman and producer, then spent the next decade protecting the archive before finding it a permanent home within the local library.

The John Oxley Library Award acknowledges Paul’s remarkable lifelong dedication to sharing and protecting stories from Northern Queensland.

About the John Oxley Library Award

The John Oxley Library Award recognises an individual who had made an outstanding contribution to the appreciation of Queensland history. The Award is granted annually to promote the value of historical knowledge and its role in shaping Queenslanders' understanding of themselves and each other.

The achievement being recognised may relate to any aspect of Queensland's social, political, economic and cultural life; and may take any form, occurring in any context, and extending over any period.

John Oxley Library Community History Award

The 2019 John Oxley Library Community History Award was awarded to Caylie Jeffrey in recognition of the project Under the Lino for its innovating engagement in the documenting and sharing of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

Under the Lino is s a Brisbane-based community research project inspired by revolving around three 1940/50s bankbooks and money that Brisbane writer, Caylie Jeffery, found underneath the lino flooring of her 1912 Queenslander in Milton. After sharing her discovery on Facebook’s Old Brisbane Album, a comprehensive search for the owners of the documents ensued and as a result, hundreds of amateur detectives have unearthed local mysteries and stories that have turned Brisbane into a fascinating library of underground stories.

About the John Oxley Library Community History Award

The John Oxley Library Community History Award recognises excellence and innovation in the preservation, recording and sharing of Queensland history by community organisations and groups. The successful recipient will receive a one-off gift of $5000

The Award promotes the rich history of Queensland’s diverse communities and seeks to encourage the communication of those histories in varied formats. The achievement being recognised is not restricted by format and can take the shape of a community engagement initiative, project or event.

The John Oxley Library Award and the John Oxley Library Community History Award are gifted by the Queensland Library Foundation.  These awards are given annually to individuals and local community organisations for distinction and innovation in the documenting and sharing of Queensland’s history.

Nominations for the 2020 John Oxley Library Award and John Oxley Library Community History Award will open in early 2020.