Unidentified. (2005). View along Adelaide Street from George Street with the Buildings Decorated for the Royal Visit, 1954, Collection reference: 30588 Brisbane Royal Visit Glass Colour Slides.

Living Queensland

From the Great Barrier Reef in the east to the Simpson Desert in the west, Torres Strait in the north to the Gold Coast in the south, Queensland has more than its fair share of contrasts. Explore unique collections reflecting Queensland’s vast landscape, culture and lifestyle.

Darren Clark Photographs, 2013

This collection showcases 50 images drawn from a larger body of work captured by documentary photographer Darren Clark.  The images capture unique aspects of the cattle industry, life in remote Queensland and the physical nature of walking a mob of 3000 head of cattle following the droving routes in the channel country of South-West Queensland. [ Acc 29221]

James C. Sourris Artist Interviews

Filmed in the artists' studios and homes, these digital stories are an intimate and revealing look at each artist’s work and the influences shaping their practice: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and performance arts. [ Acc 30602; 28063]


Photographs of Brisbane's Festival Hall, the city’s largest and premier public venue for visiting musical artists on the corner of Albert and Charlotte Streets before and after its demolition in 2003 and rave and dance parties at various nightclubs including the Beat, in Fortitude Valley. [ Acc 28845]


The collection details the impact of mining on communities in Central Queensland including Middlemount, Monto, Moranbah and Quilpie. It documents the mining operations of coal seam gas, coal and opal exploration, and the social response to these industries. [ Acc 29529]


Brisbane's first and only female Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson talks about her role in local government from 1985 to 1995. Among her achievements at the time she was appointed Brisbane's Tourism Ambassador. [Acc 31436]

LGBT Lives: Oral Histories, 2011

Active for the last 40 years to change the political and social conditions for LGBT people in Queensland this oral history project recorded in 2011, helped to build awareness and increase access to a permanent record of LGBT history in Brisbane. [Acc 28112]

Manshine: Oral histories, 2016

Conversations recorded by members of 'Manshine' in 2016. This annual event is an initiative of the not-for-profit community organisation Men's Wellbeing which focuses on men's issues and relationships, lives, relationships, masculinity and emotions. [ Acc 30652]

Drawings, plans and Queensland architects

The John Oxley Library supports a vast collection of original plans relating to significant Queensland-based architects and architectural practice from across the state dating from the 1880s through to contemporary times. They include drawings, manuscripts, design plans, house plans, building designs and related materials with links to architecture in Queensland.

Explore the physical materials in the John Oxley Library Reading Room and online to view a selection of digitised plans and drawings.  


Representing various building projects, designs and residences across Queensland towns and centres.


Predominantly the work of Francis Richard Hall and Robert (Robin) Smith Dods building projects, competition designs and tenders.

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. 

We invite you to browse a small selection.  

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]

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.


Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, January 10, 1929