Monday, 30 May 2016

National Reconciliation Week 27 May to 3 June 2016

National Reconcliation Week occurs every year between May 27th and June 3rd. The week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey. May 27th marks  the anniversary of  the 1967 referendum when over 90 per cent of Australians voted to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for  Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census. June 3rd is Mabo Day which marks the day that the Mabo decision was handed down in 1992.

According to the National ReconciliationWeek website the theme for NRW 2016 is Our History, Our Story, Our Future. Our History, Our Story, Our Future is derived from the State of Reconciliation in Australia report, which asks all Australians to reflect on our national identity, and the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and rights in our nation’s story. ‘

At JCU you can visit JCU's Reconciliation Statement and Action Plan. The library also holds its annual Eddie Koiki Mabo Art Exhibition to run through this period.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

T150 - Townsville Past & Present 4: Celebrating Mabo

Ms Jenny Pilot, JCU Honours student explores Haddon’s six-volume Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Straits (1901–35) held in the NQ Collection.
The latest round of T150 displays focus on the theme “Celebrating Mabo”.
The displays showcase a rich archive of materials that include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, stories, language and material culture from north Queensland and the Torres Strait; documents relating to the regulation and punishment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples under the Protectorate system; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ work in the northern pastoral and pearl shelling industries; and resources relating to Eddie Koiki Mabo and his fight for land rights and involvement in the landmark legal battle that led to the Native Title Act.
Art, Stories, Language and Material Culture
JCU Library Special Collections holds a range of resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture and samples from the Shaw Collection of Australian Art are on display, along with a variety of books containing traditional stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages and material culture. The display also includes a bark painting by Aboriginal artist Dick Roughsey.
Regulation, Protection and Punishment
In 1897, the Queensland authorities enacted the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 (Qld). This Act created the positions of Protectors of Aboriginals and gave the Chief Protector of Aboriginals and the individual Protectors, enormous control over almost all aspects of the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland. They could decide where people lived, who could marry, where they could work and how they raised children. They also administered wages and savings bank accounts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and kept most of their wages ‘in trust’. This display shows a number of books and other documents from the Special Collections relating to human rights and welfare on the reserves and missions, including items from the Noel Loos Archive and the Australian Metal Workers Union Archive.
Pastoral and Pearl Shelling Industries
Many Indigenous Australians worked in the north Queensland pastoral industry on stations, which enabled them to maintain contact with their traditional lands. They undertook a variety of roles, from stockman to drover and domestic help. Displays include records from Gunnawarra Station, showing pay records for Aboriginal employees, and letters and details of the Aboriginal Wage Cases relating to the cattle industry from the Noel Loos Archive. There are also documents from the WANETTA Pearling Company Archive about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders employed in the industry in the early 19th century, along with a selection of books about the pearl (trochus) shell industry in north Queensland.
Eddie Koiki Mabo – Land Rights and Native Title
In 1982, Eddie Koiki Mabo (who was born in 1936 on Mer (Murray) Island, in the Torres Strait) along with Sam Passi, David Passi, Celuia Mapo Salee and James Rice began a lengthy legal claim for ownership of lands on the island of Mer in the Torres Strait, between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Although three of the plaintiffs (including Eddie Mabo) did not live to see the outcome of their ten year battle, in June 1992, the High Court of Australia ruled in favour of Mabo in Mabo and Others v. State of Queensland (No. 2) (1992), resulting in the Native Title Act 1993. In recognising the traditional rights of the Meriam people to their islands in the eastern Torres Strait, the High Court also held that native title existed for all Indigenous people in Australia prior to James Cook’s expedition in 1770, and prior to the establishment of the British Colony of New South Wales in 1788.

This decision altered the foundation of land law in Australia. The Native Title Act destroyed the 17th century doctrine of terra nullius (meaning land belonging to no-one) by which Australia had been colonised.
Displays include a recording of Eddie Mabo’s 1981 speech at a Land Rights Conference held at James Cook University where he clearly articulated land ownership and land inheritance on Murray Island; other holdings relating to land rights issues, including from the Mabo and Wik cases; and several volumes of the Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits (published 1901–35), conducted in 1898 by a team of British scientists led by Alfred Cort Haddon.

In his 2011 book Law’s Anthropology: From Ethnography to Expert Testimony in Native Title, Paul Burke wrote about the significance of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Straits, and its impact on the Mabo case, almost a hundred years later:

Haddon’s six-volume Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits (1901–35) (the Reports) are imposing - like a huge artistic monument - impossible to ignore, intricate in detail, exasperating in their sprawling organisation, creating their own world of responses and providing a powerful resource for all subsequent generations of Meriam people, including Eddie Mabo. Parts of them were to play a critical role in the Mabo case.”

New Book Recommendation: Tang - Treasures From the Silk Road Capital

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

 An eBook title of interest is: Tang: Treasures from the silk road capital by Cao Yin (editor) with essays by Cao Yin, Edmund Capon, Qi Donfang, Jessica Rawson and Zhang Jianlin

 An extract from the publisher's website states:

Situated at the beginning, or the end, of the famous trade routes known as the Silk Road, China’s ancient capital ‒ Chang’an ‒ flourished during the Tang dynasty (618‒907) to become the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the world. Tang: Treasures from the Silk Road Capital presents wondrous and diverse artefacts from Chang’an and the surrounding area from temples and the tombs of the wealthy and the elite.

The spectacular archaeological findings, drawn from eleven institutions in Shaanxi province, include gold, silver, glass, ceramics, sculptures and mural paintings demonstrate the high artistic achievements of this Golden Age of China.
With few publications available in English on the art of the Tang dynasty, this will be a welcome book for general and specialist readers alike.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Anatomy.TV - 3D Atlas of the Human Body

Anatomy.TV 3D Atlas includes a range of multimedia content such as 3D anatomy models built from real scanned data, MRI slides, clinical slides, dissection slides, illustrations, movies, and animations. With over 6,000 anatomical structures that can be rotated 360 degrees and tipped on the vertical axis, 3D Atlas provides engaging visual content that will assist students, academics, and practitioners in their anatomical understanding.

JCU users have access to all 3D Atlas titles, including Head and Neck, Spine, Shoulder and Arm, Forearm and Hand, Thorax and Abdomen, Pelvis, Hip, Knee, and Leg, Ankle and Foot.

When you open your chosen title it will automatically load the Anatomy tab. In this tab, you can browse different structures and view them in 3D in the anatomy viewer. You can select structures to highlight them in the image and display further information about them in the text pane. All selectable images feature rollover labels to help you identify structures. TIP: This option can be turned off to test your memory of the structures or for use as a great teaching tool!

At any stage you can save the image you’re studying and print or save the descriptive text displayed in the text pane. Unfortunately, the rollover labels won't be saved with your image, but you can save and print labeled images using 3D Real Time.

Next to the Anatomy tab is the MRI tab. This allows you to view side-by-side images to compare the 3D model with equivalent scans. Information on the selected structure is displayed at the top of the screen. TIP: By default the images are linked so selecting a structure on the 3D model will highlight the corresponding structure in the MRI scan (and vice versa). This can be helpful in learning or teaching identification of structures on the MRI with easy visual comparison!

For more information and/or help with working in the MRI tab, see the MRI Section video tutorial.

The third tab is the Slides tab. This tab includes clinical photographs, scans, and diagrams. You can access annotated diagrams, photographs of common and notable clinical conditions, fully selectable photographs taken from real-life dissections, and also MRI slides. This allows you to examine structures exactly as they will be in real-life scenarios. The photo to the right illustrates a Scaphoid fracture on coronal plane and is just an example of the different slides you can access. TIP: These slides are all downloadable and can be used as teaching resources or included in presentations and assignments! 

For more information and/or help with working in the Slides tab, see the Slides Section video tutorial.

The final tab in 3D Atlas is the Movies tab. Here you can access both 3D animations and real-life surface anatomy movies. These movies and animations can also be downloaded for use in PowerPoint and other multi-media presentations. TIP: These movies and animations are a great way to see how the different structures interact with each other during the movement of the body and performance of certain tasks!

For more information and/or help with working in the Movies tab, see the Movies Section video tutorial.

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Anatomy.TV - 3D Real Time

Anatomy.TV's 3D Real Time offers a lot of exciting possibilities. It consists of a flexible 3D anatomy atlas that allows users to select and view arteries, veins, muscles, ligaments, bones, and organs, individually or with surrounding structures for context. Users can customise their models with labels, pins, and drawings, and save the custom image for later use or reference.

Please Note: Unfortunately, 3D Real Time does not work on Chrome. To properly access this section of Anatomy.TV, please use a different browser, such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, or Safari. All other components of Anatomy.TV can be accessed via Google Chrome or the above browsers.

Viewpane Controls:

At the bottom of the screen, there are 8 viewing options. Each of these offers a different way to interact with the model. TIP: check out the Examine button - this allows you to select a structure and view it within the context of its surrounding anatomy by ghosting all of the other structures and leaving only the selected structure opaque. See picture to the left for an example!

For more information on the other viewpane controls, take a look at the point and click tutorial home page and watch the video tutorials provided.

Viewing Structure Text:

To view information on a particular structure, simply click the structure and then click the Structure Text button. This will open a pane beside your image that describes the selected structure and links to related structures (see image above). For more information on this tool, see the Structure Text point and click tutorial or watch the video tutorial The text panel and text links.

Customising the image:

You can add labels to the 3D model by clicking on the customisation tools panel. Simply click on the add label button and select the structure you wish to label.

This section also allows you to add pins to the model or to draw on the image.

TIP: You can save the image at any time as you work, allowing you to save different versions of the same structure. This could be useful in preparing illustrations for assignments or presentations!

For more information on how to customize the model, see the customization tools panel point and click tutorial and watch the video tutorials provided.

3D Mode:

The 3D stereo anaglyph mode can be used in conjunction with 3D glasses (available from library front desk, limited supply so get in quick!), to view the model with stereoscopic effect. To learn more about this feature and how to activate it, see the video tutorial, using 3D stereo-anaglyph mode.

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Library and Information Week 23 - 29 May 2016

Library and Information Week is an opportunity to celebrate the great work that libraries do in their communities. This year the week runs from 23 to 29 May.

The aim of this week to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals across Australia. This is also a chance for libraries to showcase the resources, facilities, events and services that they have for the community. It is also a time to recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.

This year's theme is 'Discover more'. Drop in to your campus library and have a chat with our friendly staff.  This is a great way to find out how we can help you discover more about assistance and resources we offer for your studies.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 1 2016: Extended Hours

 During the semester 1, 2016 exam period, the JCU Libraries will have extended exam opening hours.
This means that we are open until midnight Monday to Friday and 10pm on weekends. That will hopefully help you to study without distractions.

Don't forget the 24/7 library InfoCommons and iLearning rooms (in Townsville) are also available for student use outside of the times below.

The opening hours will be:

Townsville from 30 May 2016 to 16 June 2016:
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Cairns from 30 May 2016 to 16 June 2016:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

New Book Recommendation: Meditation in Modern Buddhism - Renunciation and Change in Thai Monastic Life

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

An eBook title of interest is: Meditation in modern Buddhism: Renunciation and change in Thai monastic life by Joanna Cook.

 An extract from the publisher's website states:
 In contemporary Thai Buddhism, the burgeoning popularity of vipassanā meditation is dramatically impacting the lives of those most closely involved with its practice: monks and mae chee (lay nuns) living in monastic communities. For them, meditation becomes a central focus of life and a way to transform the self. This ethnographic account of a thriving Northern Thai monastery examines meditation in detail, and explores the subjective signification of monastic duties and ascetic practices.


Many of you have already discovered Anatomy.TV, but are you getting the most out of it?

For those who aren’t aware, Anatomy.TV is a Primal Pictures product, offering medically accurate and detailed 3D rendering of human anatomy based on imaging data. The multimedia content offered includes 3D anatomy, MRI slides, clinical slides, dissection slides, illustrations, movies, and animations that can be of benefit to a wide range of disciplines.

For 2016, JCU has subscribed to the full suite of Anatomy.TV products on a trial basis. Therefore, continuation of access in 2017 will depend on usage this year. So we want to make sure you know what you can use it for!

Over the next few weeks we will be running a series of blogs addressing the ways you can utilize Anatomy.TV in your study and/or teaching. We will start with a rundown of each of the three main components of Anatomy.TV – 3D Real Time, 3D Atlas of the Human Body, and 3D Anatomy and Physiology – and tips & tricks on how to make the most of these. The blog series will then look at the particular benefits for staff and for a range of disciplines including Medicine, Nursing, and Midwifery; Exercise Physiology and Sport and Exercise Science; Dentistry and Dental Hygiene; Speech Language Pathology; and Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Stay tuned for the next post – Anatomy TV - 3D Real Time.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Portraits and Personalities of Townsville: St. John Robinson, a Northern Icon

North Queensland Photographic Collection
For northern children, in the first decade of the twentieth century, their only opportunity to native or exotic see animals in a zoo setting was on infrequent visits to the ‘big smoke’ of Brisbane or Sydney. However, in the 1930s and 1940s a naturally-occurring lagoon on a cattle property just north of Townsville became the centrepiece of what was then regaled as “the largest privately-owned zoological garden in Australia.”  The owner of what was to become Mount Saint John Zoo was a colourful character, John Edmund Robinson (better known as St. John Robinson), who, in his mixture of showman and naturalist, foreshadowed the famed Steve Irwin.

The inception of the idea for a zoo was St. John Robinson’s observation of the number of birds that were attracted to the lagoon. He built a small dam and enlarged the water area by creating swamps in order to attract more birds. His zoo, opened in 1932, became a much advertised tourist attraction for Townsville. Already familiar with the habits of crocodiles as an occasional crocodile shooter, and a keen amateur naturalist, he then captured and transported crocodiles to his zoo, as well as trapped native animals. He augmented the collection with exotic animals by trading with larger zoos in the southern cities and Singapore who valued his access to tropical Australian species.

North Queensland
Photographic Collection
Whilst making invaluable observations about the breeding habits of crocodiles, of which little was known at the time, he also exploited the fascination and fear of the visitors with stunts such as riding crocodiles bareback, cleaning their teeth while their jaws were held over a barrel, and crocodile feedings. His zoo – with its variety of animals, his showy rodeos, and, even once, an infamous bull fight – while regarded as either a “pioneering sanctuary” or an exotic attraction was also, contrarily, questioned regarding the welfare of the animals exhibited.

St.John Robinson has been described as “an active promoter of local causes,donating the profits from his rodeos to various charities and arguing in favour of northern development and the recognition of a resourceful, utilitarian northern type.”

The Special Collection holds photographs taken at Mount St John Zoo, and Mavis Robinson’s autobiography Tell Us About the Olden Days, which feature memories of the zoo, in the North Queensland Collection.

Styan, Anthony. 2015.“Townsville Mount St John Zoo.” Queensland Historical Atlas.

Fielding, Trisha. 2014. “Mt.St. John Zoo.” North Queensland History.

Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui
JCU PhD History Candidate

Portraits and Personalities of Townsville: Ralph Martin, art lover and pharmacist

Miscellanea from the Ralph Martin Archive
In July 1972, behind a pharmacy in Flinders Street, Ralph Martin and his wife Margaret opened a small gallery: Martin Gallery. While being described as “spartan” and “intimate” in size, it was nevertheless suggested that it potentially had “a stature that belies its modest dimensions.”

There was certainly nothing modest about the courage needed to start the venture. Potentially, given the track record for art galleries in Townsville, it had a good chance of folding. Within three years of the establishment of the Martin Gallery, three other galleries in Townsville opened and closed. The Martin Gallery, however, persevered until 1988, guided by Ralph’s unerring eye for beauty and talent, and his appreciation of the emotional responses that art evokes.

 Fired by a love of art that grew from his school days and nurtured by self-taught skills, Ralph’s deep appreciation of art works in all their forms led him to open his modest gallery. There, not only paintings and prints, but pen and ink sketches, ceramics, leather work, metalwork and woodwork, by local, national and international artists were displayed. Ralph never expected that his gallery would be a money making venture. He hoped, rather, that people would “just look”, and perhaps buy, and thereby encourage a novice artist’s belief in their own creative worth.

Detail from a letter written to Ralph
by sculptor Benn Trupperbaumer
When Martin gallery closed in 1988, its stature was such that one habitué mournfully wrote to the Townsville Bulletin that the Gallery had represented “the beginnings, the murmurings of the sophistication of a big city that was in Townsville and nowhere else in North Australia”.

For 16 all too short years, Martin Gallery embodied an artistic flowering and enthusiasm in Townsville that was the richer for being championed by the pharmacist, Ralph Martin.

“Mixing pharmacy and art…Ralph Martin wishes more of his Flinders Street pharmacy could be an art gallery.” Undated newspaper clipping from the Ralph Martin archive, awaiting processing. Possibly from the Townsville Bulletin, 1978.

“New Gallery in Townsville.” Undated newspaper clipping from the Ralph Martin archive, awaiting processing. Possibly from the Townsville Bulletin, July 1972.

Vance, Ainsby. “End of an era as gallery closes” [letter to the editor]. Undated newspaper clipping from the Ralph Martin archive, awaiting processing. Possibly from the Townsville Bulletin, 1988.

Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui
JCU PhD History Candidate

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Portraits and Personalities of Townsville: The Visionary George Vivian Roberts

Judy Newman's book on George Roberts.
It was distributed after his death, and includes
the thanksgiving service booklet.
George Vivian Roberts has been described as a visionary and a champion of James Cook University. He passed away in January 2015, a week short of his 100th birthday. Over that long life he served Townsville in the capacity of soldier, senior partner of Roberts, Leu and North Solicitors, long-serving alderman, deputy mayor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University and active board member of Good Shepherd Hospice and the Townsville Turf Club.

To describe him as a ‘significant initiator’ of James Cook University is far from an exaggeration. In fact, his role in founding the university has been described as his greatest legacy not only to Townsville but to the wider north Queensland region. He identified the site for the University and the various blocks that would need to be purchased to guarantee room for future expansion. He was elected the Deputy Chairman of the University College of Townsville at its inaugural meeting in 1961 and continued until his retirement to chair, in some capacity, other Councils and committees of the College, and then University. His firm of Roberts, Leu and North Solicitors were solicitors for the University College, and it was that firm that had designed and presented as a gift the ceremonial crest which became the University’s arms in 1972.

George Roberts Hall, JCU Townsville
In recognition of his fundamental role in the establishment of a tertiary seat of learning, he was awarded the first Honorary Doctor of Letters conferred by the University and the new George Roberts Halls of Residence opened in 2001 were named in his honour. His generosity continues beyond his lifetime in the shape of the George Roberts CBE Bursary and the George Roberts PhD Scholarship for North Queensland. To all his undertakings George Vivian Roberts is said to have brought an understanding that life was “a gift from God’, a gift that he fully used “in so many ways to make this world a better place.” Housed in the Special Collections are the papers relating to George Roberts work as a senior partner of Roberts, Leu and North Solicitors and texts relating to his association with James Cook University, the wider community and the firm of Roberts, Leu and North.

 Frazer, Ian. 2015. “Mourners gather at St James Anglican Cathedral to farewell a pioneer of Townsville.” Townsville Bulletin, January 9.

Newman, Judy. 2014. George Roberts CBE: A Life in Townsville. Townsville, Australia: Judy Newman.

Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui 
JCU PhD History Candidate

Portraits and Personalities of Townsville: James Morrill, wandering in the Tropics

From the James Morrill scrapbook:
Newspaper clipping from the Telegraph, Thursday 8 August 1963
One of the first to buy a land block in the new settlement of Cleveland Bay (later Townsville), was ‘wild white man’ James Morrill. James was an adventurous young English boy far from home when he decided to join the crew of the barque, the Peruvian, bound for China. Setting sail from Sydney on February 27, 1846, the ill-fated barque was caught in a cyclone and was thrown onto Horseshoe Reef in the Great Barrier Reef. He and another four survivors managed to make it to shore near Cape Bowling Green. Within two years he was the sole survivor. Adopted by the Birri-gubba people whose home country was around Mount Elliot, he lived and travelled between the Black and Burdekin Rivers for seventeen years. He rejoined European society in 1863.

As the small collection of newspaper cuttings in James Morrill scrapbook held in the Special Collections reveals, much of the writing about James Morrill and his experiences has been sensational, if not downright inaccurate. In recent times scholarship has endeavoured to reframe his contribution within a more accurate context. Emma Dortins points out that “Repeated interrogations of Morrill’s story from the 1860s to the present have allowed him a place (posthumously) in the discovery and civilisation of North Queensland and the success of the white man in the tropics.”

The Special Collection holds the James Morrill Scrapbook, which includes newspaper cuttings and photographs.


Dortins, Emma. 2012. “James Morrill Shipwreck survivor, Birri-gubba adoptee and explorer-in-retrospect,” History Australia 9(3): 67-88.

Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui 
JCU PhD History Candidate

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Portraits and Personalities of Townsville: Joan Innes Reid, a Tropical Odyssey

Joan Innes Reid
Image courtesy of
JCU Corporate Archives
Joan Innes Reid was remarkable for the type of person she was, as much as what she achieved in her lifetime. Her qualities of “vision; compassion; leadership; energy; [and] dogged determination,” rounded by qualifications in not only social work but literature, languages and visual art, defined her.

The breadth of her professional and personal interests were underpinned by a vision of community well-being which went well beyond access to human services. As a result, she helped to establish the numerous medical, humanitarian and cultural institutions we take for granted in Townsville today.

She is recalled in the history records as a pioneering social worker, recipient of an Order of Australia, first woman councillor (and deputy mayor) in Townsville, and first woman to be awarded an honorary degree by James Cook University. However, it will be rather the individuals whose lives she touched in her determination to build their confidence, develop their skills, empower them, educate them and link them to community that will be the real testament to her life’s work.

"Planning for People in Natural Disaster"
by Joan Innes Reid
Dr Joan Innes Reid’s association with James Cook University, began in 1976 when she joined the staff as senior tutor in Behavioural Sciences. The Joan Innes Reid prize in social work, awarded by the university, is named in her honour. Mike Reynolds, former mayor of Townsville, wrote of Joan Innes Reid: “Sometimes one person stands out in a community for their courage and determination in working for the betterment of those around them – Joan Innes Reid is such a person.”

The Special Collections holds not only professional writings by Joan Innes Reid, but also Tropical Odyssey of a Pioneer Social Worker in North Queensland, written by Joan Innes Reid in collaboration with Ros Thorpe.


Butterworth, Lee. 2009. “Reid, Joan Innes (1915-2001).” In The Australian Women’s Register. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Women's Register.

Lee, Ruth. 2014. “Reid, Joan Innes.” In The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-century Australia, edited by Judith Smart and Shurlee Swain. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Women's Archives Project.

Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui 
JCU PhD History Candidate

2016 Eddie Koiki Mabo Commemorative Art Exhibition: Tommy Pau's Ad Wer (Story of the Stars From Eastern Torres Strait)

Image credit: Wal (Two of Tagai's Crew)
 Linocut print by Tommy Pau
Each year JCU Library and Information Services hosts an exhibition by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the release of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May 2008.

This year the artist is Tommy Pau and his exhibition is titled Ad Wer (Story of the Stars from Eastern Torres Strait). Ad Wer is a body of linocut print artworks  based on the constellations and the science of astronomy used by the Eastern Torres Strait Islanders. Torres Strait Islanders observed the stars to govern their cosmos; to navigate, to plan, to plant, to study symbiotic relationships of space and time. This tells them when to hunt, plant seasonal foods and perform timely annual ceremonies.

Pau sourced his information from casual conversations with elders present, elders past and ethnography works on the Torres Strait. The intent of this exhibition is to preserve, educate and provoke future studies on the science of stars Torres Strait Islanders used in their cosmology. This knowledge is fast disappearing as the contemporary generations become more reliant on modern technology and methods.

The exhibition will run from Friday May 20th to Sunday June 26th 2016 in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville) and is open for the public to view during Library opening hours. The exhibition is being run in partnership with Umbrella Studios, Townsville.

The exhibition also coincides with National Reconciliation Week which runs from May 27th to June 3rd (which is Mabo Day). Other JCU events to mark Reconciliation week will occur during this period to enact aspects of JCU's Reconciliation Action Plan.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Australian Literary Studies is now online!

Australian Literary Studies, or ALS, is a fully refereed journal focusing on scholarship which speaks to Australian literary criticism. It is one of the primary sources for knowledge about Australian literature.

In going online only, ALS has found a middle ground between open access and subscription publishing. New articles are open access for a period of a least a month, before becoming part of the ALS Archive. As JCU has a current subscription to the Archive, JCU users are able to access any content from ALS back to its beginning in 1963.

ALS is a fascinating journal for anyone interested in Australian literature, whether you are studying it or not. We recommend you start by checking out one of the most recent issues to hit the archive, volume 30 number 1, a special issue celebrating fifty years of Thomas Keneally's career as a novelist. Keneally is best known for Schindler's Ark (1982) (later republished as Schindler's List), which won the 1982 Booker Prize and is the basis of the film Schindler's List. The special issue includes an account from and interview with Keneally himself and essays by Paul Sharrad and Peter Pierce on the development of Keneally's career.

The ALS archive can also be browsed by subject. You're bound to find something of interest to you in amongst the trove of information provided.

Happy reading!

Monday, 9 May 2016

Portraits and Personalities of Townsville: The Revolutionary Jean Devanny

Jean Devanny used north Queensland as the settting for
novels such as Sugar Heaven, as well as travel memoirs
Jane (Jean) Devanny’s work, By Tropic Sea and Jungle: Adventures in North Queensland, was described by fellow writer Katharine Susannah Prichard as being “like one of those gorgeous butterflies which drift down from North Queensland.” It seems hardly possible that such vivid yet gentle beauty could have come from the pen of someone who was alternately described as 'fiery', 'agitational’, ‘temerarious' and ‘cocksure’!

Yet it did. Jean was born in New Zealand in 1894 but died in Townsville, in tropical north Queensland, in 1962. She had been drawn there by what she described as a “recurrent yearning”. In the last two decades of her life she documented north Queensland in books and articles written as she wandered as “fancy” took her. These works – rich with “well-drawn” characters, voluptuously vivid, care-free, ribald and evocative descriptions – transport the reader from “limitless expanses of sugarcane” to “rangey jungle-clad mountains” to visions of sunshine that “lay like a bridal veil of gold on land and sea.” They are not devoid, though, of her customary critical and acerbic comment, or lacking political observation or instructive purpose.

She was a friend and correspondent
of many prominent female Australian authors
of the early-mid 20th century
Her interludes in a tropical paradise, however, are not what Jean Devanny is particularly remembered for and those non fictional works are actually out of print. What she is most remembered for, rather, is her friendships with the likes of Miles Franklin and Marjorie Barnard, her activity in the labour movement, her membership of and then expulsion from the Communist Party (for “political degeneracy”), and her authorship of novels which were considered explicit and scandalous in their time, such as Sugar Heaven and The Butcher Shop.

The Special Collections of James Cook University has extensive archival holdings of material pertaining to Jean Devanny including manuscripts, personal papers and letters.


Devanny, Jean. Papers. James Cook University Special Collections.

Prichard, Katharine Susannah. 1944. “Foreword.” In By Tropic Sea and Jungle: Adventures in North Queensland, written by Jean Devanny, vii-viii. Sydney, Australia: Angus and Robertson.

Store, Ron. 1981. “Devanny, Jane (Jean) (1894-1962).” In Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra, Australia: Australian National University.

Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui 
JCU PhD History Candidate

New Book Recommendation: Developing Effective Research Proposals

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

 An new book title of interest is: Developing effective research proposals by Keith Punch.

An extract from the publisher's website states:

This is your step-by-step guide to success with your research proposal. This new edition covers all sections of the proposal, telling you all you need to know on how to structure it, bring rigour to your methods section, impress your readers and get your proposal accepted.

 With practical tips and advice throughout, new features include:
  •  comprehensive explanation of method and methodology, and how to maximize this crucial section of your proposal
  •  a new section on mixed methods: an increasingly common approach in research
  •  a new chapter on how to get it right with ethics
  •  fresh exercises and activities, now for each key chapter. 
The third edition provides an authoritative and accessible guide for anyone tackling a research proposal. It is perfect for students in education, nursing, health, and across the social sciences.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Portraits and Personalities of Townsville: Mr A.W. Trembath and the Townsville Apollo Club and Orchestra

Programme for a performance by
the Townsville Apollo Club
Mr A.W. Trembath was a dentist and choir conductor. Like others in this display living in the tropical north, whether by choice or accident, he too enriched the life of his community through his passion and work. In the 1920s he had lived in Charters Towers, where he joined the Charters Towers Curlew Choir.  He then established himself in Townsville and became the conductor of the Townsville Apollo Club and Orchestra. The Choir was principally for male voices and was very active in Townsville before World War II. With fifty members and success in competitions, the club was formed with elected officers and subscriptions.

Three concerts were given annually and the members represented Townsville in North Queensland and Queensland music competitions. The early concerts were held at what was then the largest theatre in North Queensland, the Wintergarten Theatre – a theatre built to conform to a ‘tropical theatre concept’ by George Birch, E.J. Carroll and Virgil Coyle.

The records held in the Special Collection include programmes of concerts for which he was conductor (held at the Wintergarten Theatre), his advice on his adjudication methods, and dentistry notes with hand written annotations on the use of ceramic in dentistry.

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Trisha Fielding's online article on the Wintergarden Theatre is worth a look.

Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui 
JCU PhD History Candidate