Friday, May 29, 2015

John Oxley Library Award

This blog has just been honoured as a joint winner of the John Oxley Library Award for 2015. The other joint winner is the fabulous North Queensland History blog, and I am humbled to be mentioned in such august company.

Here is some information about the award:
As Australia’s leading library of Queensland's documentary heritage, the John Oxley Library plays a vital role in the development and communication of Queensland memory.

The John Oxley Library Award recognises an individual who had made an outstanding contribution to the appreciation of Queensland history. The Award is granted annually to promote the value of historical knowledge and its role in shaping Queenslanders' understanding of themselves and each other.

The recipient will receive a $5,000 prize.

The achievement being recognised may relate to any aspect of Queensland's social, political, economic and cultural life; and may take any form, occurring in any context, and extending over any period of time.
2015 John Oxley Library Award recipients
Trevor Newman (joint winner)
Trevor Newman coordinates popular blog Your Brisbane: Past and Present ( Trevor's blog compiles valuable information about Brisbane's buildings, those we consider landmarks, as well as many others. It's a well written blog by a person who grew up in Brisbane. Trevor has been consistently nominated by Queensland Memory staff as a nominee for this award for the past few years.
Trisha Fielding (joint winner)
Trisha Fielding coordinates the equally popular blog North Queensland History ( Trisha also writes a weekly history column for the Townsville Bulletin and is a regular contributor to local ABC Radio. In 2010, Trisha published her first book, Flinders Street Townsville: A pictorial history, which was awarded a high commendation by the National Trust of Queensland and she received an award for writing at the Townsville Arts Awards. Trisha is an active member of local studies groups and works as a Librarian for Townsville City Libraries.
In my acceptance speech at the awards ceremony last night I thanked the staff and volunteers at John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland for making such valuable archive material accessible. Without their painstaking work digitising photographs, documents and ephemera this blog would not exist.

And my thanks also go to all readers of the blog.



  1. I didn't realise there was an award for serious contributions to the appreciation of Queensland history, but it is well deserved. I teach more European history than Australian, but when the topic is Australian, my students are all encouraged to read your blog posts.

  2. a long time reader of your always interesting blog, I couldn't think of a more worthy winner.

  3. Congratulations. I'm so glad the blog is still running after all these years - i'm still an avid reader :) Thanks so much for your time and effort put into it so far - it has really nurtured my interest in learning about and protecting Brisbane's heritage

  4. Congratulations! It's an incredibly well deserved award. I love your blog!

  5. Thank you to everybody for the kind words!

  6. Gawd. I'm so very behind in this very important news. Well done indeed. Well deserved. I am so pleased for you. Great news.

  7. Not as behind as me! It's my first time back in a while and was just thinking to myself what a fantastic resource this blog is when I got to this post. Really well deserved - congratulations! I'm off to read some more posts.

  8. Hi Cara - lovely to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words!


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