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50 Treasures: Laurie Bragge's Kiap Photo Albums

Our thirtieth treasure celebrates both our newest collection and the I nternational Day of the Tropics . From the Bragge Collection comes Laurie Bragge's Kiap period photo albums volume 1 and volume 2.  Dr. Daniela Vávrová answers the question "why is this significant?"  ‘The Ice-cold early mornings were clear of cloud and I could see the snow-clad tops of the Star Mountains in West Irian. Back towards Telefomin mists cascaded like slow motion waterfalls from mountain ridges down into two valleys, which I now know to be the Aki and Tabu which in turn are the headwaters of the August River.’ Laurie Bragge 29-30 September 1964 (from diaries in Sepik IV Part I, p. 338) Figure 1. Photo 289, Volume 2. Crossing the Aki River. Bragge’s service as a kiap (Australian patrol officer) in PNG gave him unique opportunities to document the lives of the peoples among whom he lived and worked. He not only produced a series of official reports between 1961 and 1975 for the

50 Treasures: Fragments: stories and recollections by Gerty Page with etchings by Rochelle Knarston

Our twenty-ninth treasure provides a window into the every-day life of an Indigenous domestic worker on a pastoral station near Winton in north Queensland. From the Rare Book Collection comes Fragments: stories and recollections by Gerty Page . John Page and Susan Page answer the question "why is this significant?" On June 14th 1936, Gertrude (Gerty) Page was engaged by H. P. Veness & Co, Stock and Station Agents in Winton, as a domestic for Karoola Station. The daughter of an Aboriginal mother and an Irish father, she was 18 when she went to Karoola. At the time, Aboriginal peoples’ lives were heavily controlled under Queensland’s 1897 Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act (and its 1934 Amendment). This gave the Government-appointed Chief Protector the authority to ‘cause any aboriginal or half-caste… to be removed to any reserve, institution, or district and kept there’. Fragments: stories and recollections by Gerty Page with etchings

Inter-Semester Opening Hours, 2020

We're now in mid-year Inter-Semester time! This is the period between the end of exams for Semester One, and the start of Week One for Semester Two. From Friday 19th June until Monday 20th July we will be running on the following opening hours: Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville) Library Services and main building:  Monday-Friday - 8am-5pm Saturday - 1pm-5pm Sunday - Closed Information Commons Open 24 Hours (accessible with swipe card) Cairns Library Library Services: Mon-Fri - 8am-5pm Sat-Sun - Closed Main building: Open 7.30am-10pm Show Day Holidays Library services will be closed for the Show Day public holidays. After hours spaces will still be available. Townsville - Monday, 6 July, 2020 Cairns - Friday, 17 July, 2020

World Refugee Day: Every Action Counts

The theme for the United Nations World Refugee Day in 2020 is Every Action Counts . Given the far-reaching effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests, there has never been a better time to reflect on the needs of refugees and take action for a more just and inclusive world. As stated by the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 protocol, “refugees deserve, as a minimum, the same standards of treatment enjoyed by other foreign nationals in a given country and, in many cases, the same treatment as nationals” ( United Nations ). To learn more about issues affecting refugees, explore our vast collection of ebooks and scholarly journal articles , as well as articles written by JCU students and staff in Research Online . There are many ways to get involved, whether in person or virtual, with many regional events taking place via Zoom. While World Refugee Day occurs on 20 June, activities run all week. See the Refugee Week 2020 website for details.

50 Treasures: James Cassady's Notebook

Our twenty-eighth treasure explores the harsh realities of life on the European frontier of north Queensland. From the Library Archives comes James Cassady's notebook . Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui answers the question "why is this significant?" What is the significance of this small, stained and frayed notebook with its broken lock? Ostensibly it is a diary written by pastoralist James Cassady for his son spanning the years 1864 to 1879. However, not all of the notebook is in his hand. A segment is written by his wife Maria to whom he was married for three short years. The faded ink and pencil written notebook is significant in that it provides a rare and intimate glimpse into life lived on the frontier of European settlement in north Queensland in the nineteenth century. Within its covers is condensed all of the travails besetting those who braved that frontier. James Cassady's notebook. Photograph by Michael Marzik. James was an Irish immigrant who migrat

50 Treasures: Under the Act

Our twenty-seventh treasure highlights the 63rd anniversary of the Palm Island Strike which took place on the 10th of June, 1957. From the North Queensland Collection comes Under the Act by Willie Thaiday. Dr. Lynore Geia answers the question "why is this significant?" Throughout the ages, history bears out evidence to men and women whose lives shaped the social fabric of their community and became change makers and history makers. While some deeds universally shaped the course of nations, other deeds on a smaller scale, yet no less significant, paved pathways for reformation. Under the Act by Willie Thaiday The small book you see here contains a story of history making, history makers and family. The author is Mr Willie Thaiday, whom I refer to as Athe, which means grandfather in the context of our shared cultural kinship. Athe Willie, along with Albie Geia, Bill Congoo, Eric Lymburner, Sonny Sibley, George Watson and Gordon Tapau, became activists for justice, i

50 Treasures: The Torres Strait Islander Community lecture by Eddie Koiki Mabo

Our twenty-sixth treasure being released on Mabo Day is not a coincidence, for what better way is there to celebrate Mabo Day than with a lecture from Eddie Koiki Mabo himself? From the North Queensland Collection comes the Torres Strait Islander Community lecture by Eddie Koiki Mabo. Bronwyn McBurnie answers the question "why is this significant?" Primary sources, often found in the form of letters, diaries, manuscripts and recordings, are the raw material of serious enquiry. They are original records or documents created by someone who lived at the time of the event being studied. These sources enable us to get as close as possible to what actually happened. Many moments of unbridled excitement occur in the Library Special Collections when researchers discover primary sources which reveal the very first record of information pertaining to their subject. Eddie Koiki Mabo. © James Cook University This video, which depicts Eddie Koiki Mabo delivering a guest lecture