Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 29: The Golden Link – Charters Towers and the Boer war.

Boer War memorial kiosk, Lissner Park, Charters Towers Albums, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 11096.
When did you last visit Charters Towers? Have you ever admired the unusual war memorial in Lissner Park, commemorating those who participated in the Boer War at the turn of the 19th century? Unlike later memorials relating to the two world wars that followed, memorials of the Boer War are few and this kiosk is unique.

Why Charters Towers? What made the Boer War in faraway South Africa a matter of such passion to residents of “the World”- as the town was sometimes called? Joan Neal’s honours thesis and her essay “Charters Towers and the Boer War” suggest that gold – a mineral vital to the economies of both Australia and South Africa – was a vital link. Most of the capital funding the deep reef mining so important to Charters Towers came from British companies, so it was likely that the industrial and commercial sector would be aware of shared interests. Even the wage-earning miner might have felt a certain indebtedness to the nation which had helped advance the prosperity of his town.

But gold also forged more personal links. Miners formed something of an international community at this period and many miners from the Charters Towers fields had already travelled to South Africa to try their luck in the Transvaal, often leaving families and friends behind. From their letters home the people of the Towers were kept well-informed about events and conditions and would have readily sympathised with the “Uitlanders” - as the expatriate miners were termed.
People walking past the new Boer War memorial kiosk in Lissner Park. Charters Towers Historical Photographs, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 11497.
Certainly enthusiasm for the British cause in South Africa seemed particularly passionate in the Towers and was encouraged by local newspapers, the Northern Miner and the Charters Towers Mining Standard. Both were eager to present their citizens as patriotic, adventurous and willing to do their bit. While virtually none of the volunteers had military experience, good riders and good shots were much sought after. Ms Neal estimates that at least 100 Charters Towers men went to South Africa, of which mercifully only 2 were killed. Elaborate farewells for the departing men became regular occurrences in the town, and knowing that some of their own were in the thick of it undoubtedly increased local interest in the war. News of each engagement was eagerly devoured and the relief of Mafeking was greeted with long and loud celebrations – followed by more sober thanksgiving in the churches the next day!
Farewell to volunteers about to depart for the war. Dunn Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 16463.
Perhaps because the Charters Towers memorial was erected in 1910, eight years after the conflict ended, its concept and design reflect more peaceable times, catering for the pleasure and recreation of the community as a whole. Sadly a more disastrous conflagration, to be marked by more sombre monuments, was only a few years away.

Story by Miniata

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Opening Hours

JCU libraries' opening hours

Exams should be finished and in pop culture reference to Game of Thrones..."Christmas is coming".

The JCU Library has different opening hours throughout the year depending on campus, study periods and public holidays.

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville:

Friday 22nd of November to Tuesday 17th of December 2013

Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday:                          8.00am to 7.00pm
Saturday and Sunday:     Closed

JCU Library Cairns

Friday 22nd of November to Sunday 22nd of December 2013

Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm          
Saturday and Sunday:      Closed

Monday, 18 November 2013

Stay connected via social media to JCU Library Services

JCU library has an official JCU library page on Facebook, this blog and other faculty blogs and contributes to ITR week in review so there are several ways you can hear directly from us about interesting facts for: utilising the library and its resources; general Uni life, study and research; and the not so study orientated facts.

So if you didn't know or can't find some of these due to JCU's recent webpage updates the hyperlinks above should help you.

Don't lose touch because as Maurice Sendak wrote in Where The Wild Things Are "We love you so".

Friday, 15 November 2013

Featured eBooks: Creative Arts

Digital Encounters   by Aylish Wood
Taylor and Francis, 2012

Digital Encounters is a cross media study of digital moving images in animation, cinema, games, and installation art.In a world increasingly marked by proliferating technologies, the way we encounter and understand these story-worlds, game spaces and art works reveals aspects of the ways in which we organize and decode the vast amount of visual material we are bombarded with each day.

Self-Representation and Digital Culture   by Nancy Thumim
Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Taking a close look at ordinary people 'telling their own story', Nancy Thumim explores self-representations in contemporary digital culture in settings as diverse as reality TV, online storytelling, and oral histories displayed in museums. This highly original research examines how contradictory and widely different politics inform and shape examples of 'speaking for oneself'. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Preview the new One Search

The Summon® platform that drives One Search has been undergoing a significant revamp and we'd like to give you the chance to preview it.

Some of the new features include:
  • Topic Explorers
  • Scholar profiles
  • Liaison Librarian profiles
  • Automated Query Expansion
  • Related Search Suggestions
  • Content Spotlighting
  • Navigate By Discipline
We hope to move to this version from the current version in plenty of time for the new academic year. Let us know what you think!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Jackie Wolstenholme Research Services Librarian Friend of FAESS 2013

Photo of Jackie WolstenholmeJackie Wolstenholme our  Research Services Librarian was the recipient of the  2013 Friend of Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences (FAESS). Jackie received the award and was strongly endorsed by the Associate Dean of Research Glen Dawes. Jackie assisted by leading some Faculty Fundamentals Workshops about cutting edge ways that researchers can improve than research impact in those all important areas like Bibliometrics and even using Social Media

Jackie was fresh from attending the Open Access and Research Conference (, and gave a presentation at FAESS Fest explaining why we should no longer think of social media as a novel way to communicate research. Dating back to the development of the printing press in 1450, researchers have always used available technology to communicate research. Social media e.g. YouTube and Twitter are examples of tools that are now useful for sharing and promoting research findings and outcomes.

Library and Computing web site to be refreshed as part of JCU's web refresh

JCU is applying RWD (Responsive Web Design) templates to its web presence this week and this will affect the appearance of the Library & Computing Services pages.

The official launch date is November 15th, but the changes to our web site will actually occur on Thursday the 14th as the rollout progresses.

Responsive Web Design means the pages will automatically and gracefully arrange content depending on the size of your screen, making them easier to use on small screen devices like smartphones, without hindering their utility on large screen devices.

The current home page will change from the current four column layout, but those links will be available in the in-page navigation as dropdowns beneath the current headings of Find, Learn, Connect and About.

Upcoming Library events including workshops will feature under the 'What's Happening' heading, similar to the new Current Students site.

We expect a smooth transition to the new design, the actual site structure is unchanged and no links will change. Any feedback, thoughts or suggestions you have can be sent via the feedback link at the bottom of every page.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Mabo Library after-hours study space

Townsville student feedback indicates a need for more after-hours silent study space. In response to these demands, Mabo Library is now opening up iLearning rooms 1, 2 and 3 until the end of the exam period.

These rooms are designated Total Silence Study Zones.

Mon to Thurs: 10.30pm to 2am
Fri: 6pm to 2am
Sat & Sun: 5pm to 2am

Friday, 1 November 2013

Exam Opening Times - JCU Libraries

JCU libraries opening hours in the exam period

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville: Friday 8th of November til Thursday 21st of November

Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 10.30pm  *Friday extended from 6pm close

Saturday and Sunday:  10.00am to 5.00pm

*Townsville Library Information Commons is open 24 hrs and iLearning room 3 has been set aside for silent study until 2am

JCU Library Cairns: No change Monday 29th of July til Thursday 21st of November

Monday to Thursday:           8.00am to 9.00pm

Friday:                                    8.00am to 6.00pm

Saturday and Sunday:       10.00am to 5.00pm