Traditional African dance at the Africa Day Celebrations. Photo by Dean Saffron.

Many voices

Queensland boasts a culturally and linguistically diverse society. State Library is committed to collaboration across communities and collects materials that reflect and document this diversity and cultural heritage.

The collections showcased here represent a small selection of the culturally diverse communities with materials held in the John Oxley Library.  


Organised by the Central Queensland African Association Inc., Rockhampton, the festival celebrates the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity. 


The Australian Italian Festival is an annual event held over two days in the Ingham community in North Queensland.

Vietnamese Community Photographs, 2005

Members of the Vietnamese Community celebrated with various events to commemorate the arrival of the first refugees in Queensland after 9 August 1975. The events included a multi-faith service, dinner with the Governor of Queensland and the inauguration of the office of the Vietnamese Women’s Association of Queensland.

National Day of Action for Marriage Equality Rally Photographs, 2011

13 August 2011 marked the 7th anniversary of the ban on same-sex marriage. As part of National Day of Action for Marriage Equality rally in Brisbane, advocates marched in Brisbane’s CBD. The rally included speeches by Labor MP for the state seat of Brisbane Central Grace Grace, and Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters.

Brisbane South Sudanese photographs and protest rally, 2010

A collection comprising 28 photographs and portraits of the South Sudanese community in Brisbane in 2010 during the South Sudan Independence Day event, and street demonstration relating to the South Sudanese independence referendum.


Elizabeth returns to Kosavo in Albania, the country of her birth only to find the old family land and village destroyed. This story retraces Elizabeth’s journey from Kosavo to Logan City with all its tragedies, oppressions and triumphs. [ Number: 10040-0005] 


Sha Hassani attributes Milpera State High School as helping him to settle into life in Brisbane after fleeing Afghanistan. Milpera State High School provides English language and settlement services to newly arrived immigrant and refugee students. [ Number: 10041-0005] 


The Greek Paniyiri Festival was first conducted in Brisbane at Musgrave Park in 1976. Paniyiri, which in Greek means festival or fair is traditionally held to celebrate saints' days and to mark other special days or events in villages throughout Greece. The Peter Fischmann collection of photographs features the event in Brisbane, 23 – 24 May.

Storylines - Q 150 digital stories

In 2009 Queensland celebrated 150 years since becoming separated from the colony of New South Wales. To commemorate the sesquicentenary year State Library of Queensland commissioned 'Storylines - Q150 Digital Stories Project'. The stories captured on film revealed a variety of Queensland people and their experiences, including those with culturally diverse stories to share.

We encourage you to engage with the stories that make up the complete collection.

Further information

Queensland Multicultural Action Plan

State Library of Queensland and the Public Library network across Queensland supports culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

Our story, our future (PDF 2.8 MB) is the Queensland Government’s multicultural policy promoting an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

Together with the Queensland Multicultural Action Plan (PDF 3.1 MB), the policy drives Queensland Government action to build an environment of opportunity and achieve improved outcomes for people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The State Library of Queensland’s 2017-18 annual multicultural progress report outlines our progress against the priorities set out in the Plan.

More available on One Search

Explore more of the Library's collections and resources including eresources, databases and online publications supporting language, culture and diversity. They can be accessed on the catalogue using your current membership card.