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.
John Oxley Library Award
John Oxley Library Community History Award
John Oxley Library Award 2020
Joanne Tapiolas is the 2020 recipient of the John Oxley Library Award for her project Footprints of Italian Prisoners of War in Queensland.
Footprints of Italian Prisoners of War in Queensland is an international community project spearheaded by Joanne Tapiolas. Through her website and her book, Walking in their Boots Joanne has brought to life Queensland’s little-known history of the Italian prisoners of war who worked on Queensland farms.
A proud Queenslander, her passion for family history and insight into social history has inspired Queenslanders and Italians from around the world, to become part of this project and share their stories.
Joanne Tapiolas’s research is comprehensive and diverse due to the project’s collection of and access to stories, letters, photographs, testimonies, artefacts, embroideries and music. Providing valuable perspective, farmers, farmers’ wives, farming children, the town kid, an Australian Army interpreter, children of Italians prisoners of war, Italian prisoners of war, a local nurse, a mother of an ex-POW have all contributed to this colourful and vibrant Queensland history.
In March 2021, Joanne received international acknowledgement from one of Italy's major daily newspapers, Corriere della Sera for her project and research into Italian prisoners of war in Australia during the Second World War. Corriere della Sera, 17 March 2021, Joanne Tapiolas, the Australian who finds Italian soldiers imprisoned...article by Amelia Esposito.
John Oxley Library Community History Award 2020
The Herberton Mining Museum and Visitor Information Centre is the 2020 recipient of the John Oxley Library Community History Award.
The award recognises the efforts of the museum to preserve and make accessible their archives and collections through their Community Research Room and Collection Management Overhaul project.
The project has resulted in; the creation of a community research area, the transformation of an overcrowded collection space into a collections operation centre and dedicated archives space, and the training of volunteers in collection policy and management