Twenty (or more) top history resources


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  • The State Library of Queensland is a research and reference library located in Brisbane’s Cultural Centre. We have many resources and services to help students and teachers.
  • The State Library provides access to our print collections in the library and does not lend most collection items directly to individuals. We provide access to ebooks and selected databases from offsite locations to e-services card holders and QPL (Queensland Public Library) account holders. You may be able to borrow items through the interlibrary loan service provided by your local library. Queensland residents can borrow items from our music scores collection.
  • Some of our rare materials may only be viewed at the State Library
  • The John Oxley Library contains collections comprising a variety of formats including journals, books, magazines, newspapers, ephemera, art works, maps, films, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, and digital stories materials that preserve the story of Queensland’s 150 years of social, economic, and political development. In the next section I run through a few of our favourite things.
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  • 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 Rawsons were also involved in the sugar and coal industries. Charles Rawson was also an active figure in the North Queensland Separation movement. In 1877 and 1878 Rawson went on expeditions to Mt. Dalrymple. This collection contains manuscripts, photographs, photographic albums, ephemera and printed material relating to the establishment and development of "The Hollow" cattle station at Port Mackay. Contained also are family histories of the Rawson family and material relating to activities of several family members until the 1940s. Winifred Rawson relaxing on the verandah, with her friend, at their house called the Hollow, in the Mackay area, around 1895.
  • Discovered by Italian tenor Pietro Cecchi, critics said soprano Helen Porter Mitchell (later Dame Nellie Melba) had a ravishing voice, of flawless purity and aflame with brilliance. Married disastrously, with one child, George, Melba claimed in a letter to Cecchi, that she was ‘as poor as it is possible for any one to be’ and needed to earn some money. ‘My husband is quite agreeable for me to adopt music as a profession’, she wrote. Cecchi arranged Melba’s debut in Australia. In March 1886, she headed overseas, where her new teacher in Paris, Mme Mathilde Marchesi, transformed her voice.
  • 3347 Roy Proctor Papers This was one of the first archival collections listed and described by the presenter (Simon Farley). Letters and postcards written by Roy Proctor to his sister Ruby between 1915 and 1917. These give a personal insight into Proctor’s experiences as he journeyed to the front line, including training in Egypt, and R&R in England. A letter from Proctor’s captain to his mother is also included along with photographs Roy Proctor was killed in action in 1917.
  • These postcards and images provide more than a book can do
  • They show the emotional side
  • Roys sister Ruby would get these postcards out each ANZAC and remembrance day and weep over the loss of her brother, like many others from the time. Ruby’s son provided this information when the papers were purchased in the 1990s
  • Excerpt page 20 transcription.. Tuesday June 21st Lat. 15º26’ Lon 34º20’ Dis 196 m This morning I was sent for into the Captains cabin to undergo a medical examination by our illustrious Doctor, as the last charge in the list mentioned yesterday was a complaint from me of being hosed by the 1st Mate on the day we crossed the line, to which I attributed a severe cold, symptoms of which have been only too apparent since that time. I meed hardly say after what I had stated before that the examination was a complete farce* to my surprise he said at the close “you are considerably better than when I last examined you” When I of course I replied, much to the Captn’s astonishment, ‘Why, Doctor, you never saw my chest before” which was the fact. The Doctor’s memory is the most treacherous I ever met with, constantly asking a person in sound health if he took that medicine, or if he *(he only applied the stethoscope once to each side & that for only a moment) (End page 93) (Page 94) Put on that plaster etc etc ad libstum. He generally styles me Mr Watt & vice versa. Add to this, that he is pretty far gone in his cups (not drunk though) every night, & you may form some idea as to his ability & fitness to take the charge of 300 souls.
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  • History and Art of the Book Collection Printed in 1475 this book is the oldest printed book in the State Library’s History and Art of the Book Collection. In this book, Laertii Diogenis Vitae et sententiae eorum qui in philiosophia probati fuerunt , or, Lives of the philosophers by Diogenes Laertius, we can see the capital letters are hand-drawn in the way they were in manuscripts before the invention of printing. The type used is called Roman type and was developed by printer Nicholas Jenson (1420-1480) who probably studied in Mainz, where the first printing press in the West had been invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the early 1450s. In 1470 Jenson set up a workshop in Venice, and in the ten years before his death in 1480, he issued more than 70 works, mostly Latin and Greek classics, many of which were illuminated and decorated. The binding is not original and the size of the book has been altered. It is clear the pages have been trimmed by the way the notes in the margin have been cut off. A second book has been bound in with this volume which is not an unusual occurrence for the time. The second book was also printed in Venice, in 1476, by Andrea Katharensis, and is a Latin translation of a Greek text, Cornelii Taciti illustrissimi historici se situ moribus et populis germaniae, Libellus aureus .
  • Sumerian tablet and envelope 2028 BCE fired clay tablet and envelope Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.7 2028BC  Marble memorial tablet 150-200 CE marble Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.7 2nd cent. AD Drawn to the word displays items from History and Art of the Book Collection that reveal the relationship between the arts of writing and image-making from the very earliest antiquities - when text and image were indistinguishable - through to twentieth century collaborations between writers and artists. The earliest objects on display are from the State Library of Queensland’s small collection of antiquities. Made of clay, stone, papyrus or cloth, they bear little resemblance to the familiar book form of today. These objects date from 2028 BCE (Before Common Era), to the 7th century CE (Common Era), and show a variety of early writing styles, from cuneiform (meaning ‘wedge-shaped’) and hieroglyphic characters on clay tablets, to hieratic (a cursive form of hieroglyphs written with a reed pen on linen or papyrus), to Roman and Coptic inscriptions. Often these tablets contained quite mundane business and legal transactions, while some, such as the Egyptian funerary cone before 525 BCE, were part of elaborate funerary practices. In the first few centuries CE, handwritten books or manuscripts began to appear in the book form we recognise today. Known as the ‘codex’ style, the earliest book of this type in the collection is the Lives of the philosophers published by Nicholas Jensen in 1475 - within 40 years of the printing press being invented.2 The ability to print numerous copies of the same book, rather than single, hand-written tomes, democratised and increased access to books and the information contained in them. Although it is a printed book, and part of this revolution, the Lives of the philosophers still retains a link to past conventions through the delicately hand-painted letters announcing each section.
  • This title is one in the rare books collection they have beautiful hand-coloured plates showing the uniforms. Historical record of the Second, or Queen's Royal Regiment of Foot : containing an account of the formation of the regiment in the year 1661, and of its subsequent services to 1837 Author/Creator: Richard Cannon 1779-1865
  • The Annual Register ; or a view of the history, politicks, and literature, of the year 1758 Author/Creator: Edmund Burke 1729-1797. ; Paul Langford
  • or a view of the history, politicks, and literature This page show some of the events of the year
  • This book show architectural discription by John Newberry and Somers Clarke. Plates are by Howard Carter and others The book was published with funds from the Egypt exploration fund There is great detail in this rare book.
  • Shows great detail of what was on the walls including a scale The text explains findings in great detail
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  • Online newspaper databases have been around for quite a while now providing users with an historic treasure trove of press articles from a wide variety of titles and from different periods in time. The State Library of Queensland enables access to these subscription only newspaper databases via its website for e-service card holders. They include the Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 searchable by key word and including all articles, advertisements and illustrations and photos, Newsbank providing acces to full text articles from more than 230 Queensland, Australian, and international titles from 1998 onwards, Library Press Display which provides a full-colour, full page collection of today’s newspapers from over 70 countries around the world in 37 languages, and National Library’s wonderful Historic Australian Papers, 1803 to 1954 which includes The Courier Mail and The Queenslander. Before the advent of online databases librarians in the John Oxley Library clipped articles of interest on a daily basis from Queensland newspapers placing these in folders with various subject headings. We still add to these files although the need to exhaustively cut from hardcopy papers is not as pressing as it was prior to the existence of the above mentioned digital resources. On December 18, 2010 in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend Magazine, journalist Frank Robson contributed an intriguing feature article “Family Secrets” on the subject of the 1973 firebombing of Brisbane’s Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub in Fortitude Valley. This firebombing resulted in the deaths of 15 patrons and staff making it one of the worst mass murders in modern Australia until the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. John Stewart and James Finch were tried and convicted for the Whiskey Au Go Go murders and sent down to Brisbane’s Boggo Road Gaol were they continued to proclaim their innocence. Stuart died in prison in 1979. In the article Robson interviews Danny Stewart, nephew of John Stewart, who claims that his uncle was innocent of the crime. I’ve added this to the substantial clippings file we have on the “Whiskey Au Go Go Fire, 1973″ as the latest instalment on this horrific event and its aftermath. The pictures in the article do not appear in Newsbank, although the text does. If you see the pictures they certainly contibute to the story and this is one of the reasons I’ve added this article to our clippings file. It also complements the other articles in the file from titles like The Sun , The Bulletin , The Toowoomba Chronicle , The Courier Mail , and many others. Most of these articles are from the 70s and 80s and are not available online. Newspaper clippings are of great value to researchers as they bring together articles on the same subject from different periods in time resulting in a greater variety of perspectives.
  • The State Library of Queensland's newspaper collections is comprised of paper, microfilm and online editions of Queensland, interstate, national and overseas newspapers, both current and historical. In many instances our collections date back to the first issue. The State Library of Queensland holds an extensive range of Queensland newspapers as well as selected interstate and overseas titles. The majority of old newspapers are held on microfilm. The worker is an interesting paper which reflects the views of the union movement at the time. Lots of satirical cartoons Theme of war between the states
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  • BACKGROUND INFO Camden Society http:// The Camden Society , named after the early English historian William Camden , was founded in 1838 in London to publish early historical and literary materials, both unpublished manuscripts and new editions of rare printed books. The original membership was 500. It reached a peak of 1250 in 1845, and began to decline thereafter. For an annual subscription (originally £1 per year), members received the Society's publications, roughly two volumes per year. The Society published some works jointly with the Early English Text Society . By the 1880s, the Camden Society was experiencing financial problems, brought about in part by a project to create a general index to its first 100 volumes. In 1896, the Society merged with the Royal Historical Society . Hakluyt Society http:// Founded in 1846, the Hakluyt Society is a registered charity based in London, England , which seeks to advance knowledge and education by the publication of scholarly editions of primary records of voyages, travels and other geographical material. The Society is named after Richard Hakluyt (1552–1616), a collector and editor of narratives of voyages and travels and other documents relating to English interests overseas. Supplementary to its primary role as a publisher of scholarly texts, the Society also attempts to advance its aims by organising and participating in meetings, symposia and conferences which contribute to an increased awareness of geographical exploration and cultural encounter. The Society is a non-profitmaking institution administered by a voluntary and unpaid team of council members and officers. Membership is open to all who have an interest in exploration and cultural encounter. The main activity of the Society is the publication of scholarly editions of primary sources on the voyages and travels undertaken by individuals in many parts of the globe. These include early accounts dealing with the geography , ethnology and natural history of the regions visited. The Society has to date published over 200 editions in some 350 volumes. All editions are published in English. Early English Text Society list of publications The Early English Text Society is an organization to reprint early English texts, especially those only available in manuscript. Most of its volumes are in Middle English and Old English . It was founded in England in 1864 by Frederick James Furnivall ; its stated goal in a report of the first year of their existence was "on the one hand, to print all that is most valuable of the yet unprinted MSS. in English, and, on the other, to re-edit and reprint all that is most valuable in printed English books, which from their scarcity or price are not within the reach of the student of moderate means." It is known for being the first to print many English manuscripts, including Cotton Nero A.x , which contains Pearl , Sir Gawain and the Green Knight , and other poems. By its own count, the Society has published 344 volumes.
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  • This Doug Perrins Motion Picture collection has several film clips digitised for download. To find and download Search Onesearch (as per screen shot below) click on Details click on View the Finding Aid, then scroll down until you get to the little film strip icons.    Each set of 4 icons is just 4 versions of the same clip.  Go down to item no. 5 ca. 1933 and you’ll find some exciting footage of the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba burning down in 1933 Go a lot further down to Item no. 29, 1942 and you’ll find footage of 'Australian 7th Division march through city after return from Middle East c.1942.  It’s right at the beginning of the clip and not bad footage, plus fits in with a military theme. A fun clip, but perhaps without great historical significance, is Barney the Dog .  You’ll find that in the Littleton Bullock Motion Picture 1939 catalogue record – but I got there by searching on ‘Barney the Dog’ and restricting it to Digital Resources.  Screen shots at the end of this email. For footage of 1974 Brisbane flood, search Brisbane flood 1974 Eric Gaehler (restricted to Digital Resources) and you’ll find good footage.  Took me right back to the TV coverage at the time.. Show examples of our collection
  • There are some great images in the collection relating to school life. This one shows young people heading to school on a horse A great deal of dicussion could be generated from this image This image is located in our collections as well as on flickr the Commons Children riding a horse to school, Glass House Mountains, Queensland, 1928 Image Number: 22973
  • This image of Children in a classroom in Ayr in 1938 Imagine being the teacher in a suit and tie! Hopefully it’s just for the photo Image Number: APE-079-0001-0027
  • The copy of this postcard is in our image collections. North Quay and Milton Reach of the Brisbane River Author/Creator: Unidentified Image Number: 194778
  • Cars, trams and horsedrawn carriages travelling on the second permanent Victoria Bridge, Brisbane, 1926 Location: Brisbane, Queensland Date: 1926 Creator: Unknown Contributor: Queensland. Dept. of Agriculture and Stock Description: A variety of transport, including cars, horsedrawn carriages, trams and pedestrians entering and exiting the northern end of Victoria Bridge in 1926. The second permanent Victoria Bridge opened in 1897 and operated until replaced by the third permanent bridge in 1969. Original format: copy print : b&w Digital format: image/jpeg Publisher: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Image number: 19806
  • Children playing in the flooded streets, Brisbane, 1893 Image number: API-014-0001-0006
  • Music forms an important part of our history and culture. The state library has many resources including manuscripts, reviews, sheet music, music map This map showcases State Library’s interesting collection of music scores written about particular places. Come on a musical journey through Queensland by exploring the map and discover the musical stories relating to compositions set in diverse landscapes from the wet tropics to the inland deserts. From Billy Maloney to Richard Mills, experience for yourself how different composers express the unique character of different places. If we have an digital copy of the recording, the score and the recording will both be shown in the bubble. Directions will enable you to play the recording.
  • "Official theme song of the Queensland centenary celebrations". --cover. "Recorded by Horrie Dargie Quintet and Northern Command Band".
  • Music forms an important part of our history and culture. The state library has many resources including manuscripts, reviews, sheet music, music map Pig City takes its name from a book written about the Brisbane music scene. but the book took its name directly from a song called Pig City recorded in 1984 by a Brisbane band called The Parameters – it would be nice to see that song performed at the concert by some of the original artists. Chris Bailey from the band, The Saints at the Pig City Concert, Brisbane, July 2007
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  • v.1. The ruins of Brisbane in the year 2000. - v.2. Brisbane rebuilt in the year 2200. Futuristic tale published in 1894 about what Brisbane would be like in the future. There is a fantastic journal article from the Queensland review called lady parachutists and the End of Civilisation in Queensland
  • There is a fantastic journal article from the Queensland review called lady parachutists and the End of Civilisation in Queensland published in 2006 Bill Metcalf refers to That, at least, is the key to the plot of Dr Thomas Pennington Lucas's 1894 dystopian novel The Ruins of Brisbane in the Year 2000. 1   but that’s just the individual title for volume 1 of The Curse and its Cure.  Jenny Rumary van Tassel accompanied her balloonist daughter Jeanette Van Tassel when she died in an attempt at the first manned flight in Bangladesh in 1882
  • About the program The National Library of Australia, in collaboration the Australian State and Territory libraries, began a program in March 2007 to digitise out of copyright newspapers. In July 2008 the Australian Newspapers was released to the public. This is a free online service that enables full-text searching of newspaper articles. The service includes newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s, when copyright applies. The first Australian newspaper, published in Sydney in 1803, is included in the service. By 2011 the service will comprise 40 million searchable articles.
  • Becoming Queensland Anna Haebich Anna Haebich introduces two albums from the State Library of Queensland's collection that reflect the emergence of Queensland as a state. The Nicholson and Lorenz family albums depict what life was like for Queensland's early residents. This is a great example of interpreting history. The albums are available on the virtual exhibition page of State Libraries Web page to view online or you could arrange to view them when you visit the library.
  • Digital Stories are found in the State Libraries Catalogue using Digital Resources as a means of searching. Alternatively you may like to go to Find/Queensland Stories/Digital Stories and searching The response to the apology can be found using this search method.
  • World News Digest brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print. This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. This resources is available offsite to e-service or QPL account holders. The State Library has over 20 databases that are usefully for the study of history some of which are available remotely
  • Queensland mining accidents were published annually in the Queensland Legislative Assembly Votes and Proceedings (later known as Queensland Parliamentary Papers) from 1882 to 1945. Index to miners involved in Queensland mining accidents from 1882 to 1900 can be searched via the State Library of Queensland’s website.
  • This British Library interactive timeline allows you to explore collection items chronologically, from medieval times to the present day. It includes a diverse combination of texts: those that allow glimpses of everyday life (handbills, posters, letters, diaries), remnants of political events (charters, speeches, campaign leaflets), and the writings of some of our best known historical and literary figures.
  • Only for this iPad Virtual History - Roma Description Mondadori presents a fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome, the capital of the largest empire in the ancient world, which has been reconstructed in virtual form and which you can explore in a “full-immersion” panoramic experience. The format provides the viewer with an astonishing insight into Roman civilization, using innovative functions and multimedia content: from the spectacular digital reconstruction of the city's statues to breathtaking aerial views of the metropolis as it stood 2,000 years ago, from the manipulation of models of the legionaries, gladiators and war engines to the 3D exploration of monuments such as the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, Hadrian’s Mausoleum and many, many others. The reconstruction of their original appearance, as seen from various angles, is overlaid and compared with their appearance in today’s Rome.
  • There is so many resources at the State Library From racing trophies, to a Fragment of the fuselage of the Red Barons Plane through to henry lawsons collar where he wrote a poem on it in a pub for payment for a beer there is so many historical resources and resources for studying history Visit us onsite or online to find out more
  • Strait Home is part of The Torres Strait Islands: A Celebration . Cultural Centre partners State Library, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre, have joined forces to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of historical and contemporary arts and culture of Torres Strait Islander Australians. The State Library holds some of the most unique and significant Torres Strait Islander documentary material in Australia. The treasures in our collection have inspired interactive exhibitions, conversations, installations and performances, creating opportunities to learn about the people, history and culture of the Torres Strait Islands.
  • For Years P – 12 Teachers and students can explore the history, geography, culture and language of the Torres Strait Islands using specially developed Teacher Notes for Strait Home . Self-guided activities and resources will support lesson plans on:  History and geography of the Torres Strait Indigenous culture and tradition, including language Contemporary issues of sustainability, trade and culture These comprehensive Teacher Notes are based on the current Queensland Curriculum and practice with reference to the National Curriculum and Indigenous Perspectives. Keep an eye out for an email with a link to these resources when you return from holidays !
  • Twenty (or more) top history resources

    1. 1. <ul><li>Twenty (or more)Top History Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Barron </li></ul><ul><li>25 th June 2011 </li></ul>
    2. 2. TODAY’S SESSION <ul><li>The State Library of Queensland </li></ul><ul><li>20 resources for teaching and studying history </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Us </li></ul>
    4. 8. Rawson Archive
    5. 9. Letters Nellie Melba (1861–1931)Letter to Signor Cecchi, from The Hollow c.1883 iron gall ink on laid paper; 20.0 x 25.0cm TR 1797⁄6 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
    6. 10. Roy Proctor Papers
    7. 15. TR1815: William Smith Diary 1864
    8. 16. RARE BOOKS
    9. 17. De Vitis Philosophorum , Diogenes Laertius
    10. 18. Drawn to the word: writers and artists
    11. 19. Queen's Royal Regiment of Foot
    12. 22. The Temple of Deir el Bahari
    13. 24. NEWSPAPERS
    14. 25. Cutting Files
    16. 30. FILM
    17. 32. IMAGES
    18. 38. MUSIC
    19. 39. MUSIC
    20. 40. MUSIC
    21. 41. MUSIC
    22. 42. ONLINE
    23. 43. The Curse and Its Cure
    24. 44. Lady Parachutists <ul><li>and the end of civilisation in Queensland </li></ul>
    25. 45. Online newspapers
    26. 46. Digital Stories
    27. 47. Digital Stories
    28. 48. Databases
    29. 49. Miners involved in Queensland mining accidents
    30. 50. History Time Line
    31. 51. Virtual History - Roma
    32. 52. More Than You Think
    33. 53. Coming Soon
    34. 54. Coming Soon
    35. 55. Help-Ask Us Phone enquiries 07 3840 7810 Mon to Thu, 9am-8pm Fri, 9am-5pm Online enquiry Instant Message service Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm Visit Us
    36. 56. Contact Details Linda Barron email: [email_address] State Library of Queensland Facebook: Looking @ 2.0 twitter account: State Library twitter account: Linda Barron twitter account:
    37. 57. Made available under Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution Licence: