Friday, 28 June 2013

Immediate access to new library resources

New books on display can now be borrowed immediately from both the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the Cairns Campus Library. Items are displayed for up to 2 weeks unless they are borrowed in that time. The New Books List now includes all print and electronic books.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Special Collections Fossicking 24: True Crime 3(1). The Boonjie Scrub murder.

On 8 August 1928 the “Cairns Post” reported the district was “seething with excitement over [a] ghastly tragedy” which had taken place on the Atherton Tableland. Two days earlier, the mutilated remains of a young man had been found in the isolated Boonjie scrub, south-east of Malanda, in the shadow of Bartle Frere. His companion and work-mate had disappeared from the district and inevitably became the main suspect. While the “Post” assured readers that “the police will spare no effort in bringing the perpetrator to justice” their task was hardly helped by the fact that the body had lain undiscovered for nearly six weeks, giving the wanted man plenty of time to escape.
Small camps like this on the edge of the forest around Malanda would have housed itinerant workers like Walter and Kelly, Garner Bequest, NQ Photographic Collection ID 16574
Bill Johnston tells the story in the Eacham Historical Society publication “Murder in the Boonjie Scrub”. Murder victim, Frederick Walter, a 19 year old Englishman, had arrived in the district some 10 months earlier. He was not well-liked, being described as often unwashed, short-tempered and quick to start a fight. By contrast, his mate, Victorian James Kelly, was popular and good-tempered. The two met at a camp for unemployed at the Malanda showgrounds, teaming up to seek work. In January they began cutting logs, fencing and scrub-falling at the farm of Russian migrant, Felix Fadchuk. Neither man was cut out for the heavy, dangerous scrub-falling and on other selections preferred the less arduous “brushing” or clearing undergrowth with brush-hooks. This is what took them to Jim Ginn’s Boonjie selection in early June.
Malanda township and hotel, where Kelly and Walter did their shopping, drinking, socializing,Wilson
Albums, NQ Photographic Collection ID 1701
Timber clearing work was always available around Malanda, Eacham Historical Society Collection ca1936, NQ Photographic Collection ID 14355
It was a lonely spot for the two young men, camped in a primitive hut on the edge of the forest with only occasional visits from Ginn and others. The two were last seen together on 28th June when an acquaintance joined them for lunch, finding them for once on good terms with each other.  Subsequent callers were at first unconcerned by their absence. With heavy rain preventing work, it was assumed they had gone fishing or simply ‘cleared out’ to avoid paying debts in the town. To some extent Ginn stood to gain from the men’s disappearance since he had not yet paid them for work already done. Only Fadchuk, their former employer, urged action but despite police examination of the deserted hut and abandoned possessions four weeks later, it was another ten days before a foul smell assailing carpenters working on the property led to the grisly discovery. Don’t miss next week’s Fossickings for the end of this story …

Story by Miniata

Inbox Alert: unsolicited offers to publish journal articles

Based on recent enquiries that the Library has received, it seems JCU researchers are being hit with another wave of unsolicited offers to publish in journals which are of questionable status.
The quality of a journal publisher is an important consideration when choosing where to publish your next journal article. The best way to establish and progress your academic career is to publish with a reputable publisher.

You should question the status of a publisher if you notice:
  • Grammatical errors on the publisher's website or in emails
  • Factual errors on the publisher's website or in emails e.g. reference to an "impact index" rather than the Journal Impact Factor
  • The publisher's website is hosted on an free public platform e.g. Google Sites
  • Offers to publish your article are received from a free email account e.g. Hotmail
  • The publisher has an extensive list of new journals, often with titles that are similar to well known, established journals
  • Your colleagues have received similar emails of offers to publish their research.
More information is available in the Publishing Academic Research LibGuide, particularly on the page titled Understanding Publishers.

Contact Jackie Wolstenholme, the Research Services Librarian if there is a journal or publisher that you would like to investigate further.

Getting Your Course Readings outside of LearnJCU

With ITR battling timeout issues with embedded course readings in Blackboard (LearnJCU) we thought it would be a good time to remind you that can get your readings directly from our readings and exams database (Reserve Online) by searching for your subject code.

Go to Readings & Past Exams from the Library home page, click on basic search and search for a subject code, author name or words from the item title, e.g.:
  • WS1005 will list all the items available for the Subject code WS1005.
  • Smithson will return all items that have the author Smithson, or have Smithson in the title
  • practitioner beware will return all items available that contain both words anywhere in title
Want to know more about the Reserve Online digital library?
We apologies for any inconvenience and hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 23: True Crime 2. The Carpentaria Downs mystery

Have you ever come across a story of some past event and thought, “Why has no-one made a movie of this?” Here is one north Queensland story still in search of an imaginative director.

On 27 September 1908 a 37 year old woman was discovered dead in her bed at a remote north Queensland property, with her throat cut.  The crime and its aftermath created a sensation in Australia and mystery and rumour surrounded it for years afterwards. In “The  Murder of Nellie Duffy”  Stephanie Bennett reveals the events and characters caught up in the story and exposes what she believes was a high level cover-up.
Buggies crossing Einasleigh River at Carpentaria Downs in 1917, a scene which would have changed little in the intervening 9 years.  James Atkinson Album, NQ Photographic Collection ID 5653
Murder victim Nell Duffy, confident, resourceful and sociable, was housekeeper at Carpentaria Downs station, managed by Henry Wilson. Although at the time of her death she had been engaged to a young stockman, it appears that Henry, with a history of brutality, cattle theft and womanizing, had been one of Nell’s previous lovers. Henry’s wife, meek-natured Fanny, while a devoted mother to her children and stepchildren, was afraid of her bullying husband. Sharing her fear was the Aboriginal station-hand, Billy, who had been under Henry’s rigid control since childhood. The shadowy figure of Alwynne Wilson, the diffident and emotionally-damaged son of Henry’s first marriage, completes the cast of main characters. Of these it was the two most vulnerable, Fanny Wilson and station-hand Billy, who were charged with Nell’s murder.

The Townsville Court House (photographed in 1906) where Fanny Wilson and Billy were sent for trial in 1908.
J. Mathews Album, NQ Photographic Collection ID 21849
 The trials took place in November in Townsville’s Supreme Court. In Billy’s trial the case was adjourned after the jury failed to agree on a verdict. When Fanny appeared the Crown prosecutor announced he would enter a record of “nolle prosequi”, literally meaning “unwilling to pursue”. Although not an acquittal, this meant the charge against Fanny was dropped.  At Billy’s second trial, in June 1909, he was acquitted. Nonetheless, the crime left in its wake a trail of several other deaths and a legacy of grief, injustice, shame and family break-up, affecting settlers and Aborigines alike.

Stephanie Bennett makes a convincing case that, despite his alibi, Henry Wilson was the instigator of the crime, manipulating his son Alwynne to do his dirty work, with the latter clumsily involving young Billy Wilson as an accessory. But many questions remain. Could Nell have been acting as a ‘spy’ for the powerful Queensland Meat Exporters and Agency Company, as contemporary reports suggested? Did she have information that would have cost Henry Wilson his job? Was the company involved in obstructing investigation and suppressing evidence? Was the lonely death of boundary-rider and principle witness, William Power, murder or suicide? What did Fanny Wilson know of the night’s events? Is this a story crying out for dramatization on the small or big screen? You bet!

Story by Miniata

Words of wisdom

Image source: Blue Bicycle Books

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. 

The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” ― Peter Golkin

Friday, 7 June 2013

Marcus Pedro Guest Speaker: A JCU and Townsville CityLibraries partnership

INSPIRE….In a world where you can be what you want….BE YOURSELF”……..Marcus Pedro. 

Marcus Pedro Indigenous motivational speaker, author, businessman, dj and martial artist will visit Townsville for two free public talks.

Booking required for Thuringowa Central Library event please contact Janeese Henaway on 47278317 or book online at CityLibraries events webpage.

This is a free event sponsored by CityLibraries and JCU. JCU staff and students can attend and the general public is invited to come out to the campus.
Event times and contacts are below
  1. Thursday 20 June,  9 – 11am,  JCU Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Northern Lawn Area or if it rains at Building 26 Sir George Kneipp auditorium.
  2. Thursday 20 June,  1.30 – 3.30pm,  Thuringowa Central Library
Light refreshments will be served after each event.
Booking required for Thuringowa Central Library event please contact Janeese Henaway on 47278317 or book online at CityLibraries events webpage.

JCU Event is not RSVP but contact Nathan Miller at JCU  or 07 4781 4941 with queries or large groups.

New in your Library: Group Study Room bookings are now online!

Make your room booking from anywhere and anytime via the Library and Computing Services homepage.
Townsville  Mabo Library Western Group Study Room

Click on Group Study Rooms on the Library and Computing Services homepage (lower  middle of homepage) to book a group study room in the Library buildings.

The room booking system will be available from 6 June 2013.

Your feedback will be appreciated.

All existing bookings have been transferred into the new system for Cairns students.

This is a new process for Townsville campus and the Western Group Study room pictured is bookable with two projectors with laptop connection, whiteboard and group tables on the 2nd (top floor) for student use.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

ABS: National Regional Profile Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the latest National Regional Profile which includes data from the 2011 census.  The contents include Economy, Population/People, Industry and Environment/Energy.  Some interesting facts include that since 2007 there are approximately 12000 more people living in Townsville and Cairns and there are now approximately 4200 more cars on the road. Which will explain why there are never enough car parks!!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Queen's Birthday Library opening hours

Don't forget that JCU libraries in Cairns and Townsville will be open from 1-5pm on Monday 10 June. 

Go to our opening hours web page to plan your weekend study.

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library: Extended Friday exam hours

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville campus will be open until 10.30pm on Friday 7 and 14 July. You can check the complete Cairns and Townsville Library exam opening hours web pages to help you organise your time.

Don't forget that the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has a 24/7 Information Commons computer lab.  This ground floor computer lab can be accessed after-hours via your JCU student card.

Good luck with your study!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 22: True Crime 1. The Con Creek Murders

Driving north from Townsville along the Bruce Highway one soon becomes familiar with the names of the numerous creeks which the road crosses. Have you noticed how somebody always decorates the sign at Christmas Creek in December? Do you wonder what makes the water of Bluewater Creek live up to its name? North of the Cardwell Range, the name Conn Creek probably arouses little curiosity, whereas it was once the site of a double murder with a macabre follow-up.
Conn’s Crossing where William and Elizabeth settled before moving north towards Cardwell. Photo date unknown, possibly 1880s to early 1900s. NQ Photographic Collection ID 22901, Henry Stone Albums
Originally William's Brook, the creek was named for the small farm established by William and Elizabeth Conn in 1873. The Conns had arrived in the district a decade earlier, establishing Conn’s Crossing (across the Herbert River) before moving north as the bridle track between the Herbert River and Cardwell was being established. Known as “The Hermitage” the Conn’s farm produced sweet potatoes, maize and fruit while their slab cottage provided lodgings for travelers passing along the coastal track. Bianka Balanzategui’s “Herbert River Story" reports that the Conns also received Government money to keep the track open. Despite police warnings William maintained that he had excellent relations with local Aborigines with whom he bartered tobacco and other goods for fish.

Tragically in 1875 William’s body was found in front of his cottage, and the location of Elizabeth’s was later revealed to police by three Aboriginal women. According to local historian, Dorothy Jones, who tells the tale graphically in her 1961 “Cardwell Shire Story”, reprisals were ordered by police Sub-Inspector Johnstone – although these seem to have been motivated more by revenge than justice. Some 7 or 8 years after the event explorer and ethnographer Carl Lumholtz heard of it and, with a variation in the name from Conn to O’Connor, recounted it in his book “Among Cannibals”. Local Aborigines told Lumholtz that it was mainly women and children who were slaughtered, while most of the younger men, no doubt including the perpetrators, escaped. Interestingly Jones locates the murder site further south at Conn’s Crossing but “The Queenslander’s” contemporary account suggests Balanzategui’s more northerly location is correct and this is endorsed by John Alm’s 1930s account contained in “Early History of the Herbert River District”.
The first English edition of Norwegian explorer, Carl Lumholtz's book "Among Cannibals" is held in the North Queensland Collection at JCU Library Special Collections.
And the macabre? A coffin ordered for Elizabeth’s funeral was delivered too late to be of use, her body, according to one report, being so decomposed it required immediate burial. Instead the coffin was converted into a makeshift bed and used by those travellers who, undeterred or simply unaware of events, continued to take shelter in the abandoned cottage.

Story by Miniata