I'm on duty today at QFHS. It's very quiet. Just one happy, but possibly over-serviced member, with three volunteers to look after him - all of us working away at our family history. Honestly if you want to come to the library when it's quiet, Sunday afternoons seem to be the "go". I love coming to the library every month. I always get to see the new additions to the library (as pictured above).
Look at all these lovely books! What's not to love?
And for those of you who are particularly interested in Brisbane history, I am delighted to report that the book (that came out at Christmas time I think) - Lost Brisbane and surrounding areas 1860-1960 by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland in partnership with QBD The Bookshop is now on sale at QBD for $29.99 (a saving of 57% the QBD website tells me). I couldn't resist. 350 pages of photos of Brisbane. The first 100 pages or so are of the city, then onto South Brisbane and other suburbs. There are chapters devoted to The River, The People and then a chapter each for The Gold Coast and The Sunshine Coast. For someone like me, who didn't grow up here, it's a great overview of what once was et al. I really liked the Introduction too - easy to read and a potted overview of the creation of this city and significant events in its timeline.
And in other news - if you're looking for something to do this week family-history or local history wise in Queensland - there's plenty on for free.
Monday 1st June - 10-11am - Albany Creek Library - As part of the Your History Our History program - Chris Schuetz will talk about "The Servant Problem." Learn about the history of Australian servants from convict to free settlement, including life from a servant’s perspective and also complaints masters made about their servants.
Tuesday 2nd June - 10am - 12pm - Stratford Library in Cairns - First World War Treasures. A hands-on look at some of State Library’s precious original First World War materials. In a unique opportunity to put on the white gloves, you can get up close and personal with a curated selection of treasures from SLQ, such as letters, diaries and photographs.
In the afternoon from 1-4pm they will also have a Caring for your First World War collections seminar at the same location. For bookings click here.
Tuesday 2nd June - 11am-12pm - Queensland State Archives are hosting a seminar at Runcorn which will also be broadcast online as a webinar "Convict Records @ QSA" - you can log in from home (you can find instructions for how to login here ) or if you would like a bit of company or are feeling less than technically competent (as I often do), QFHS are hosting it at Gaythorne. Focussing on convict records from QSA's collection, this seminar will provide researchers with insight into the importance of the records to Queensland and highlight their online accessibility.
Wednesday 3rd June & Thursday 4th June - Stratford Library in Cairns - Promote and share your collections Online. Are you a representative of a heritage organisation, interested in promoting and sharing your collections online? Come along to SLQ's workshop, which introduces you to a range of online tools available to enable the promotion and sharing of collections online. To book click here.
Thursday 4th June - 11am-12pm - North Lakes Library - "The Servant Problem" see above for content details.
Friday 5th June - 10-11am - Burpengary Library - the lovely Helen Smith will be presenting Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms as part of the Your History Our History Program. Helen explains the history and evolution of death certificates and the meaning of archaic terms used in them, including, cachexia, breakbone fever, byssinosis, coeliac passion, dipsomania, inanition and Potter’s Rot.
Last but not least, Queensland Day is on Saturday 6th June. All week various buildings will be lit in the famous maroon colour, restaurants and cafes will be celebrating with menus featuring Queensland food and wine and if you want to have a sneak peak into the Governor's abode then Fernberg House will have an open day Saturday 6 June from 12-4pm. Fernberg House is 150 years old this year. How about that?
All these events are free but bookings are required (except for the Open Day at Fernberg). So much to do, so little time. Enjoy the week!