Australian Art Research Collection

The Australian Art Research Collection formerly known as The James Hardie Library of Australian Fine Arts, was donated to State Library of Queensland in 1988 by James Hardie Industries as a bicentennial gift to the nation. The collection has continued to be developed, growing substantially with the aim of being comprehensive until recently. The collection is now developed through selective acquisition, relating to Australian artists and Australian private press publications. The focus today is on exhibition quality items providing exceptional examples of the book as objects.

Features of the collection:

  • Bookplates
  • Archival and manuscript material related to Australian artists, art societies, art galleries and private presses
  • Fine examples of published Australian botanical illustrations
  • Original artworks, blocks and plates used to produce illustrations in Australian art books
  • Printers' mock-ups and publishers' dummies of Australian art books
  • Ephemeral material such as exhibition invitations documenting the details of the careers of Australian artists

Access the Australian Art Research Collection in One Search. State Library invites you to explore books (RBHMON; RBHEC; RBHMONF) in the collection; magazines (RBHSER) and private press (RBHPP; RBHPPB)

Johnstone Gallery Archive

The Johnstone Gallery was operated by Brian and Marjorie Johnstone in Brisbane from 1950 to 1972.Their first gallery, the Marodian Art Gallery, opened in Brisbane's Upper Edward Street in December 1950. In February 1952 the Johnstones relaunched the gallery under their own name in the basement of the Brisbane Arcade. Their final location from 1958 was at their home in Cintra Road, Bowen Hills.