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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,

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 colleag

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? Reserve Online FAQ for Students Reserve Online Search Instructions for Students We apologies for any inconvenience and hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.

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 youn

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

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 Thursday 20 June,  9 – 11am,  JCU Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Northern Lawn Area or if it rains at Building 26 Sir George Kneipp auditorium. 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

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.

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!!

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!

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 establis