Wed 9 Feb (multiple dates) · 6–7pm
Research Reveals is a talk series showcasing research projects of the 2020 Queensland Memory Awards fellows, residents and award winners. Gain a unique insight into Queensland history and the collections of the John Oxley Library in this series of fascinating talks. You will have the opportunity to be part of an exclusive event as fellows present the research they have undertaken over the previous 12 months.
Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak these events will be delivered both onsite and online. If you would like to attend the event onsite please book a ticket below, if you would like to watch the event online they will be live streamed from our live stream webpage at the time of the event. These events will also be recorded and the video uploaded to State Library's Vimeo channel.
Musicians Should Be Heard and Not Seen: the life and music of Letty Katts (1919-2007).
Join Narelle McCoy, 2020 Letty Katts Award recipient as she shares her research from her project, Musicians Should Be Heard and Not Seen: the life and music of Letty Katts (1919-2007) and her cultural contribution to the Australian music scene.
Narelle's project explores the contribution of Queensland-born composer Violet (Letty) Katts, to the musical landscape of Australia. Compositions such as her popular songs, Never Never and A Town Like Alice provided a distinctly Australian voice to a scene dominated by American culture. Letty was the first Australian to have an original song in the popular music hit parade during the 1950s, yet little is known about her.
Read Narelle's blog for more:
Who is Letty Katts?
1938: A Cook's Tour through Europe and the U.S.A. with the Katts Family
When: 19 January 2022Time: 6pm - 7pmWhere: Auditorium 1, level 2
BOOK NOW for onsite tickets. This event will also be livestreamed on State Library's Facebook page.
Women diarists of colonial Queensland
Join Dr Allison O'Sullivan, 2020 John Oxley Library Honorary Fellow as she shares her research from her project, In their own words: women diarists of colonial Queensland.
Allison's project focuses on the diaries of three vastly different women in the 1880s, travelling to their new home Queensland. By starting from a point of commonality – the women's diaries – Allison traces their divergent trails through the history of the colony, following the fortunes and achievements of everyday women, and uses these individuals to illustrate the distinct paths of women migrants to colonial Queensland. Allison will also have a selection of these diaries out on display at her talk.
Read Allison's blogs for more:
Getting to know you: Discovering colonial women's diaries in the John Oxley Library
Drama on the high seas: the shipboard diary of Margaret Gray, 1883
Agnes Learmonth and the ‘Sons of Neptune’
When: 9 February, 2022Time: 6pm - 7pmWhere: Auditorium 1, level 2
Women of the Great Barrier Reef
Join Dr Deb Anderson and Associate Professor Kerrie Foxwell-Norton, 2020 John Oxley Library Fellows as they share their research from their project, The Women of the Great Barrier Reef: The Untold Stories of Environmental Conservation in Queensland.
Deb and Kerrie's project is inspired by the story of Terry Ridgway, who in 1966 quit her typing-pool job in Brisbane and moved to a remote island in the Great Barrier Reef. Aged 19, she became ‘the girl Robinson Crusoe’, living solo and spending her time studying marine life, aiming to identify the more than 1,500 species of Reef fish. Come and listen to Deb and Kerrie's research as they shine a light on the story of a selection of women who have been involved in the protection and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef, amplifying their voices and capturing a new side of the history of the reef, previously dominated by male voices and interpretation.
Read Deb and Kerrie's blog for more:
Terrie Ridgway and Fellowship Beginnings
Digital story: Deb Anderson and Kerrie Foxwell-Norton. The Terry Ridgway Story
Digital story: The Women of the Great Barrier Reef
When: 16 February, 2022Time: 6pm - 7pmWhere: Auditorium 1, level 2
Bogimbah Creek Mission: The First Aboriginal Experiment: book launch by Fiona Foley
On the 4th November 2021, Dr Fiona Foley gave her Research Reveals talk about her research project undertaken as State Library's 2020 Monica Clare Research Fellow.
Fiona's research project, Bogimbah Creek Mission: the First Aboriginal Experiment retells a significant yet forgotten aspect of Queensland’s history. From 1897 to 1904, Archibald Meston, first Protector of Aboriginals in Southern Queensland, removed 51 Badtjala people from Maryborough to Fraser Island (K’gari) to set up the Bogimbah Creek Mission as an experiment in segregation.
Fiona published a book of the same name, Bogimbah Creek Mission: the First Aboriginal Experiment which was launched at the event by Associate Professor Sandra Phillips.
The recording of the event can be found on State Library's Vimeo channel.
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