The Centre for the Government of Queensland utilises the latest digital technology to increase access and resources for the study of the history and government of Queensland. The Centre’s four major projects combine newly digitised nineteenth and twentieth century materials with the latest academic research to create a unique, interactive repository for teachers, researchers and students of Queensland studies. The Centre's major projects are supported by a five year research contract with the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

  • Queensland Historical Atlas – the Queensland Historical Atlas groups the ways in which people interact with, understand and interpret the Queensland landscape into a range of cultural themes and concepts. The site contains a range of historical maps, photos, artwork and other memorabilia, supported by informative essays and commentary. The material has been drawn from major cultural repositories, archives, art galleries, museums and private collections.
  • Queensland Places – the first major public website to be developed at the University of Queensland, queenslandplaces.com.au incorporates a searchable database containing historical and geographical data on over 1100 entries on settlements in Queensland that now have or once had populations of 500 or more. These include villages, suburbs, towns and cities. The site includes an interactive map, as well as an A-Z list of place names. The Centre monitors usage to the site, and visitors from 77 countries worldwide have been identified. The Centre also conducted the Queensland Slide Search, digitising slides taken from the 1950s to the 1980s, from as far afield as the Torres Strait.
  • Queensland's Past Online – Queensland’s Past Online is a digitisation project currently under development in collaboration with the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland. It will bring together a wide variety of full text, searchable, published and unpublished sources about the history and government of Queensland over the last 150 years. It will include government publications, from Parliamentary Debates to Yearbooks, Statistical Registers and Ministerial Media Statements. Users will be able to search QPO with a wide variety of keywords, from the names of politicians, entrepreneurs and police commissioners, to schools, hospitals, retailers and many other businesses. Key participants include the Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Queensland Government, State Library of Queensland, National Library of Australia and the Queensland Museum.
  • Queensland Speaks - Queensland Speaks is an oral history and biographical research project. It will feature interviews with the politicians, public servants and officials who, since the 1960s, have helped shape Queensland. This project will conduct between 30 and 60 interviews (indexed and searchable) with key ministers and retired senior public servants, including former Directors-General of departments. Indexes of the interviews and audio recordings will be downloadable and publicly available on the Centre website. The website will include biographical details on the interviewees, including schooling, first job, political party and/or government service. Key portfolio areas will be listed for public servants and ministers and linkages will assist users to understand the relationship between levels of government and the public service.
In 2014/15 the Centre for the Government of Queensland will be offering a summer scholarship to students who are engaged in research over the summer vacation period. For further information, please refer to the Summer Research Scholarships website.
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Professor Peter Spearritt

Director of Centre for the Government of Queensland

Dr Geoff Ginn

Deputy Director of Centre for the Government of Queensland

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