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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 historie

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 cu

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: Tre

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 opti

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

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.

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

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 tra


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 ma

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 fo

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

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 Ch

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 Morr

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

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

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

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 – transpor

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 i

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 Ge