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.

Interior view of the art studio space in 47 Shafston Avenue Kangaroo Point

Images featuring the gardens and house styles of three Queensland properties. Coochin Coochin Homestead in Boonah constructed c1840s to c1920s; Gooloowan, a two-storey Victorian mansion built for Benjamin Cribb, Ipswich; and 47 Shafston Avenue, Kangaroo Point, which is now demolished. [Acc 29211] 

Holloways Beach North Queensland 1966

This collection has over 300 coloured slides of different Queensland locations, iconic buildings, landmarks and places of interest photographed over a decade during the 1960s. A small selection is digitised. Access them on the catalogue One Search. You may recognise popular Queensland destinations among them. [Acc 30489] 

Darren Clark Photographs, 2013

This collection showcases 50 images drawn from a larger body of work captured by documentary photographer Darren Clark.  The images identify 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]

LGBT objects featured in the collection 29397 Equal Love Brisbane Memorabilia 2012  2014 Accession number 29397

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


Conversations recorded with participants of 'Manshine' in 2016 at Somerset Dam, Queensland. This annual event is an initiative of the not-for-profit community organisation Men's Wellbeing which focuses on men's issues and relationships. The oral histories focus on men's lives, relationships, masculinity and emotions.

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] 


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


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]

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]

Sallyanne Atkinson

Brisbane's first and only female Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson talks about her role in local government.

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