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Within the State Library of Queensland, the John Oxley library contains a number of significant resources for the study of the western coast of Cape York.

These include:

  • the historical records of the Uniting Church in Australia;

  • the historical records of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland;

  • the journals of Captain Pennefather, who explored the western coast of Cape York in the QGS Pearl;

  • the letter books of pearl sheller James Clark (1857-1933)

  • a significant number of photographs of the Thursday Island pearling industry, which can be accessed by way of Trove.

  • Microform copies of major newspapers, (which can be accessed in digital form by way of Trove up to 1955).

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Uniting Church, Queensland Synod

Uniting Church in Australia: Queensland Synod Records 1894-1996.

Includes records of the Methodist Church before church union in 1977, and some records of the undivided Presbyterian Church.

Accession number: 2976

SLQ John Oxley Library Uniting Church records: Collection Guide


Capt Pennefather’s Journal 1879

Journal kept by Captain C E Pennefather (QGS Pearl) on expedition to Torres Strait to advise the indigenous population that the Islands would now be administered by the Queensland Government, 23 July - 18 December 1879. Open access.

Accession number OM72-59


Pearl Sheller James Clark's Letterbooks


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