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50 Treasures: Figures in a Landscape by Sir Russell Drysdale

Our thirty-fifth treasure is from an Australian artist who became celebrated for his evocative and stark depictions of outback life. From the James Cook University Art Collection comes Figures in a Landscape by Sir Russell Drysdale. Professor Stephen Naylor answers the question "why is this significant?"  James Cook University is delighted to hold a significant work by the late Sir Russell Drysdale AC within its art collection, donated by Ms Elaine Petherbridge. The lithograph, Figures in a Landscape , 1964 captures three Indigenous figures standing within the Australian outback. Drysdale’s experience in regional Australia reinforced an ambivalence, or at least detachment between Europeans and the Australian landscape. However, he was one of the early artists to recognise the strong connectivity between the land and the Australian Aborigine, perhaps anticipating a more empathetic response to the prevailing belief in the mid-20th century that the Aborigine was destined to

Semester Two Opening Hours

Welcome back to all our students. Whether you are a returning student or new to JCU, we look forward to seeing you in the library or connecting with you via our online services . The Cairns Campus library and the Mabo library (Townsville) will be open at the following times during Semester 2: Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Monday to Friday: 7:30 am to 10:00pm Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Information Commons Open 24/7 Cairns Building access : 7:30 am to midnight 7 days Library staff and services (including access to the 2nd floor and print collection): Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm; Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm A security guard patrols the Cairns library when the library is unstaffed and can escort you to your car on request. You can find all our opening hours on the library website.

O-Week Semester 2

It’s O-Week! We warmly welcome new and returning students to JCU in Semester 2. O Week runs from the 21st to the 24th of July, and it's a good time to organise yourself before lectures start in Week One. Although the world is a little different this semester due to the effects of COVID-19, the Library is open for business, both online and on campus. Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes are available on every floor for your use, and we ask that you observe social distancing of 1.5 metres for the wellbeing of all library users. You can keep up to date with changes to library services due to COVID-19 on the library website . As always, the library’s online resources are available anywhere, anytime. You can search One Search or the library catalogue for print and online resources, find subject-specific resources in our subject guides , and improve your research skills using our online guides and workshops . Our workshops include: · Keys to Academic Success – an i

50 Treasures: Sir Russell Drysdale's Gift of Rare Books

Our thirty-fourth treasure is a valuable donation of rare books from a beloved Australian artist. From the Rare Book Collection comes the Sir Russell Drysdale gift of rare books. Dr. Nathan Garvey answers the question "why is this significant?" In 1971, soon after James Cook University’s establishment, the eminent artist Sir Russell Drysdale donated a small but significant collection of rare books to the University Library. The dowdy, mimeographed donation labels affixed to the flyleaves of each of the 56 volumes in the collection decidedly understate the value of the gift Drysdale bestowed on JCU. An example of the mimeographed donation labels on the Sir Russell Drysdale's gift of rare books. The Drysdale gift represents a carefully cultivated selection of some of the rarest works of print Australiana, in the form of contemporary published accounts of early European exploration, expansion and incursions into the Pacific and continental Australia. The nine

50 Treasures: Ancient & Primitive Flowering Plants of Australia by Betty Hinton

Our thirty-third treasure is a series of  vibrant botanical illustrations, created most often from live specimens, by a north Queensland artist based in the Daintree Rainforest. From the JCU Art Collection comes the Ancient and Primitive Flowering Plants of Australia by Betty Hinton. Julie McEnerny answers the question "why is this significant?" The 1980s brought a wave of travellers to far north Queensland - wanderlust for some, for others a frontier challenge or more meaningful lifestyle. Some passed through, others stayed - but not all became as entrenched in the area as Betty Hinton. Betty and her husband Bill settled in the not yet heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, opening the long running Floravilla Ice Cream business and adding the Art Gallery for Betty's growing collection. Having a keen interest in flora of the ancient rainforest surrounding their home, Betty (a self-taught artist) had begun painting local specimens. Her botanical art progressed to an int

50 Treasures: William Hann's expedition diary

Our thirty-second treasure is one of the original diaries from an expedition that would significantly influence the history of north Queensland settlement. From the Library Archives comes William Hann's diary. Ian Frazer answers the question "why is this significant?" William Hann’s respect for the Aboriginal people of Cape York is expressed matter-of-factly in the daily log of his 1872 expedition from Mount Surprise to Princess Charlotte Bay and back.  Until recently, seeing this pocket-sized diary involved visiting JCU’s Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville armed with a pencil, gloves and digital camera. The Hann Family Archive has been in the safe keeping of JCU Library’s Special Collections for the past 40 years. Now, digitised as one of Special Collections’ 50 Treasures, Hann’s daily diary notes on the Northern Expedition — June 26 to November 11, 1872 — can be studied online alongside his official expedition diary (published in June, 1873), and easily acces

Story Box Library

Imagine the best stories being read aloud to you by our favourite storytellers! Story Box Library is a new resource for the JCU library collection. Watch celebrated stories read aloud by our favourite storytellers. A fantastic literary resource for pre-school through upper primary-aged school children. A range of actors, sports people, authors, illustrators and more share their unique voices in an ever growing library. It's story time, anytime! Story Box Library focuses solely on local stories and voices. Story Box Library consists of 300 stories. Each story comes with tailored Classroom Ideas and/or Activity Time that are specifically created for the Australian Curriculum, further connecting children to the themes of each story. Storytellers are chosen to ensure a broad range of voices, ages, gender and backgrounds to ensure diversity. Closed Captions are available for each story . Use it as a bedtime tale, a facilitator for discussion in the classroom,

50 Treasures: Landsberg's map of Kennedy

Our thirty-first treasure is a precious, linen-mounted folding map from 1860 orginally created to assist settlers and pastoralists in their explorations of north Queensland. From the Rare Book Collection comes the Map of Queensland, northern portion, District of Kennedy compiled from the explorations of Dr. Leichhardt, Sir T.L. Mitchell & A.C. Gregory Esq. and other authentic sources by Leopold Franz Landsberg. Ron Store answers the question "why is this significant?" The map created by Leopold Franz Landsberg held in Special Collections at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library was purchased with the financial assistance of the Landsberg family in 1992. The late Gordon Landsberg, of Trafalgar Station, was the grandson of Leopold. Cover and box of the Map of Queensland, northern portion, District of Kennedy compiled from the explorations of Dr. Leichhardt, Sir T.L. Mitchell & A.C. Gregory Esq. and other authentic sources . Photograph by Michael Marzik. The map me