Join Louise Martin-Chew and Matthew Wengert, the joint 2019 John Oxley Library Fellows as they share their research and developments from their project, Designs – Details – Devils: a visual history of the Queensland’s Government Printing Office which defined, published, and recorded the development of Queensland between 1860s-2010s.
The Queensland Government Printing Office was responsible for publishing official documents and information (‘Details’), including Hansard, Parliamentary Papers, Annual Reports, Royal Commissions, and other regular and occasional publications. It generated beautiful and elaborate decorative printing (‘Designs’), including posters for the Government Intelligence & Tourist Bureau, invitations & menus for official functions, books, maps, pamphlets, and signs, which visually portray changing aesthetic and technological developments over 150 years. Many hundreds of people worked in the QGPO’s different sections—and the project aims to organise a visual history of the workplace, the Government Printers, and the staff (‘Devils’).
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