Alf Wilson Photographs of Palm Island, Townsville and North Queensland

From 2004 to 2014 Alf Wilson travelled to many places of Queensland taking photos including the coastal communities  of Palm Island, Townsville, Cairns and Cooktown. Among the 529 digital photographs is a fun selection showcasing produce and go-kart racing at the Capsicum Festival in Gumlu in 2004. Gumlu is a small rural town situated on the highway between Bowen and Home Hill in North Queensland.

Hamish Cairns Doomadgee photographs, 2008-2014

In 2008 Brisbane photographer Hamish Cairns was invited to visit Doomadgee in far North Queensland as a guest and photographer. He returned a number of times since then, forming a strong bond with the community. Among the 133 images and portraits in this collection are photos of the Doomadgee rodeo action, a popular event held in the community at the time. [Acc 30818] 

Berylouise Mitchell Birdsville Cup Photographs, 1989-1990

The series of black and white photographs taken between 1989 and 1990 document two journeys through the remote towns of Quilpie, Windorah, Betoota on the way to the Birdsville races. A student at the Queensland College of Art at the time, Berylouise's photographs record the excitement and pleasure of going to the races in the bush. [Acc 29870] 

Woodford Folk Festival Photographs, 2000-2001

Each year over 6 days and nights, the Woodford Folk Festival lures people from all over Queensland to experience a wide range of performance styles, musical genres and overseas artists playing at more than 35 venues within the festival grounds. The 600 photographs in the collection by State Library of Queensland’s Senior photographer Reina Irmer show live performers, crowds being entertained and the popular lantern parade held on the last night of the festival. [Acc 27430]

Torrens family photographs, photographic slides and film footage of Badu Island and Wujal Wujal

This extensive collection records experiences of community life on Badu Island in the Torres Strait and later in Wujal Wujal during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Teacher Wayne Torrens and his wife Gayle recorded community and family experiences including images of the Coming of the Light ceremony, an important day celebrated by Torres Strait Islander communities each year on 1 July. [Acc 31661]

Chinchilla Melon Festival

Every two years when the season is perfect, Chinchilla and district come together to celebrate all things red, green and watermelon in flavour. Filmed in 2009, audiences can view a short film about the Festival and the reason it became so popular. Created by Darryl O’Leary, Debbie Trollip and David Crane the film shows highlights of the event.