26 September 2023

State’s history on worldwide stage

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The Queensland State Archives (QSA) has linked with Google Arts and Culture to promote the history of Queensland to the world.

A total of 23 stories, exploring more than a century-and-a-half of the State’s wide and colourful history, is now online through the arts and culture website.

Minister for the Digital Economy, Leeanne Enoch said in just a few clicks, users would be able to choose from a selection of stories of struggle, hope and achievement carefully preserved in the Archives’ collection.

Ms Enoch said people from around the world could learn about the world’s longest basketball game, played by 24 schoolboys on Thursday Island in 1971 to raise money for a community swimming pool.

“Or the story of the 1891 Shearers Strike (pictured) which contributed to the formation of the Australian Labor Party, or how ‘vortex’ cloud-seeding cannons were installed at Charleville in 1902 to break a terrible drought,” she said.

“To help tell the stories, Queensland State Archives is sharing more than 250 scanned archival records, ranging from hand-written bulletins and prison records to tourism posts.”

Ms Enoch said it was amazing that Queensland could share its stories, history and truths through digital technology such as this, and provide people across the globe with a better understanding of who we are as a State.

The QSA Collection can be viewed online at Google Arts and Culture at this PS News link.

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