About State Library of Queensland, Australia

Located in Brisbane, Australia, the State Library of Queensland’s mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible the state’s documentary heritage.

The State Library holds approximately 1.5 million photographic resources – negatives, slides, original photographs, copy prints and original albums dating back to the birth of the State of Queensland in 1859 to the present day. In 2003, the State Library launched its digital image library, Picture Queensland, with 6 000 images and now provides online access to more than 50 000 historical and contemporary images.

These images offer an insight into the many aspects of Queensland life: early pioneer and pastoral activity; relationships between Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and Europeans; the establishment of Queensland cities and regional and rural communities; changes in the built environment, transportation, politics, fashions and recreational activities; the natural environment; and the people who shaped Queensland history.

The photographs here on The Commons are a small part of our collection. If you are able to identify people and places in these images, we would greatly welcome your input.

You are free to use these photographs without permission. We do ask that you acknowledge State Library of Queensland as the source.

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    Hart Noecker says:

    "I treasure being able to browse through Australian history by way of this site. It's like spending hours in a museum while being able to instantly research any aspect of history that the images reveal. Hopefully more countries, states, and cities will begin sharing parts of their photographic collections here on flickr the way the State Library of Queensland has."

    March 26th, 2009

State Library of Queensland
November 2008
Brisbane, Australia
State Library of Queensland