Capsicum Festival Gumlu 2004

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. [Acc 31554]

Rodeo rider getting ready to mount bull Doomadgee Queensland ca 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] 

Man with an esky standing under an umbrella at the race track during the Birdsville races Queensland 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] 

Assembling with paper lanterns to join in the evening parade and celebration

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]

The people of Badu prepare for the Coming of the Light parade in Badu Island Torres Strait in the late 1970s

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 Watermelon Festival highlight is the competitions conducted as part of the festival  Chinchilla Watermelon Festival highlight is the competitions conducted as part of the 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.