Explore the library's unique treasures and collections representing different aspects of Queensland's social history and contemporary stories.
Glass Magic Lantern Slides of Queensland ca. 1910
The 76 images in this rare collection represent different parts of Queensland, including Brisbane and regional towns and cities along the North Coast Line including Bundaberg, Gladstone, Miriam Vale, Rockhampton, Gracemere, Alton Downs, Cawarral, Clermont and Longreach. [Acc 29583]
Rawson Family Archive 1866 - 1945
The Rawson brothers, Charles Collison Rawson, Edmund Rawson and Lancelot Rawson established the cattle station "The Hollow" on the Pioneer River at Mackay in 1866. The collection contains manuscripts, photographs, photographic albums, ephemera and printed material relating to its establishment and development.
The Rawson family were also involved in the sugar and coal industries. Charles Rawson was an active figure in the North Queensland Separation movement. In 1877 and 1878 he went on expeditions to Mt. Dalrymple. [ Acc 2967]
Charles Gordon Sebastian Hirst Rocky-wate[r]- Holes
Charles Gordon Sebastian Hirst was an itinerant artist who travelled around south-east Queensland in the 1870s and 1880s. This watercolour and pen and ink over pencil, depicts a hotel, blacksmith's shop and general store on Brisbane and Ipswich road in the township of Rocky Water Holes, Brisbane, which was later renamed Rocklea. [Acc 3907]
Corinthian Cup, 1865
The Cup was the prize for the Corinthian Handicap, a feature race for gentleman riders, which was run at the first race meeting of the Queensland Turf Club at Eagle Farm Racecourse in August 1865. It was presented by the Hon. John Bramston (Leader of the Queensland Legislative Council) to his friend Robert George Wyndham Herbert, the first Premier of Queensland, whose grey gelding "Grasshopper" won the race. Herbert's cousin Algernon Lempriere was the rider. [Acc 27566]
Queensland Labour Party Manifesto, 1892
Described as the foundation document of the Australian Labour Party, the manifesto gives a detailed account of strikers’ grievances against employers and the government. It was reputedly first orated under the Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine during the Great Shearer’s Strike of 1891. Prominent leader Charles Seymour wrote the document and Thomas Glassey, Queensland’s first elected Labour parliamentarian signed it. In 2008, the document was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Australian Register. In 2009, it was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World International Register. The original document in the Charles Seymour Papers 1880 - 1924 is housed in the Rare and Restricted collections. A facsimile copy is available for access. [Acc OM69 -18]
Poul Poulsen Photograph Albums 1880-1914
Respected photographer Poul C. Poulsen was born in Denmark in 1857 and arrived in Sydney in 1876. He first came to Queensland as a representative of Gove & Allen Photographic Studios in Maryborough in 1882. In 1885 he opened his own studio at 7 Queen Street in Brisbane. He retired in 1915 and died 2 Jan 1925. The three albums of original photographs printed from glass and celluloid negatives have been digitised. [Acc GL-51]
Measuring 7cm in diameter the miniature globe showing Cook's voyage from England to New Zealand from 1768 to 1771 was donated to the collection by the Queensland Department of Lands in 1991. The case is made of sharkskin with a celestial globe on the inner surface. [ RB 910 1774 ]
A booklet recording a Souvenir of floods: Southern Queensland, February 1893 published by the Telegraph Newspaper Company, Brisbane. The commemorative edition contains sketches of familiar townships most affected in the disaster. [RBQ 994.32 sou]
The Bee Gees collection ca. 1963 – 2003 was acquired with the support of the Dowling Family through the Queensland Library Foundation. It comprises scrapbooks, magazines, clippings, ephemera, CDs, photographs, programs and miscellaneous material. [Acc 31184]
Stories revealed on amateur film are a treasure for the collections. Watch this home movie and others like it online in the catalogue. This film shows the Mooney family in Bundaberg and in Brisbane. [ Acc 29892]
The Margaret Lawrie Collection of the Torres Strait Islands consists of transcripts and material recorded and collected by Margaret Lawrie between 1964 -1973. The collection was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Australian Register in 2008. [Acc TR 1791]
A unique collection comprising 26 bound volumes, files, printed catalogues, invitations and typescripts documenting the administration of the Johnstone’s galleries, consultancy, and relationships from 1950 to 1972. [ Acc RBHARC 7] Visit the Johnstone Gallery Archive past exhibition.