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Donate and help save Queensland’s precious memories

State Library of Queensland is custodian to approximately 2000 films and 2200 videos, some dating back to the early 20th century, but they are deteriorating quicker than we can digitise them.

Please support us and help rescue these fragile formats which contain precious pieces of history.

Every year our collection grows by up to 150 reels with most coming to us from unstable environments such as garages and sheds.

These amazing films document every day occurrences of ordinary people – the fashions, past-times, scenery, lifestyle and celebrations of Queenslanders.

They are unique visual records in time which need to be captured and made available so current and future generations gain an understanding of what makes Queensland the remarkable state it is today.

Your donation will go towards digitising, describing and making accessible the films and videos currently stored in a climate-controlled environment at State Library of Queensland.

All donations $2 or more are tax deductible and every cent goes towards our projects.

Please donate today or contact the Foundation at foundation@slq.qld.gov.au for more information.

If you have a passion for film and would like to create a lasting legacy, please consider making a Bequest and include State Library of Queensland in your Will.

We recently digitised an early 1940s film documenting the Paxton Farm in the Slacks Creek area, now Springwood. The communal farm was established in 1941 by members of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Read more about this and other extraordinary films in our blog.

The Paxton Poultry Farm sign
Paxton Poultry Farm. Accession 6625 Paxton Farm motion picture. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
Two people felling a tree
Clearing trees. Accession 6625 Paxton Farm motion picture. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.