Research Reveals: a visual history of Queensland's Government Printing Office

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Join Louise Martin-Chew and Matthew Wengert, the joint 2019 John Oxley Library Fellows as they share their research and developments from their project, Designs – Details – Devils: a visual history of the Queensland’s Government Printing Office which defined, published, and recorded the development of Queensland between 1860s-2010s.

The Queensland Government Printing Office was responsible for publishing official documents and information (‘Details’), including Hansard, Parliamentary Papers, Annual Reports, Royal Commissions, and other regular and occasional publications. It generated beautiful and elaborate decorative printing (‘Designs’), including posters for the Government Intelligence & Tourist Bureau, invitations & menus for official functions, books, maps, pamphlets, and signs, which visually portray changing aesthetic and technological developments over 150 years. Many hundreds of people worked in the QGPO’s different sections—and the project aims to organise a visual history of the workplace, the Government Printers, and the staff (‘Devils’).

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This online event is free to attend and will run via Zoom. Details on how to join the event will be provided on registration.

About Research Reveals

Research Reveals is a webinar series showcasing research projects of the 2019 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 online webinars. 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.

More in the series:

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29 Sep | Research Reveals: sound as historical material | Seth Ellis

15 Feb 2021 | Research Reveals: Queensland's ice cream history and the Peters ice cream factory | Tricia King

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