The State Library of Queensland held a preview of the Magnificent Makers with a tour through the Heritage Collections Learning Room on Friday 8 December 2017. Guests enjoyed a curator-guided tour of the remarkable exhibition, and viewed rare items from the Library’s collections.

Magnificent Makers is an intriguing exploration of innovation and invention in Queensland from the late 1800s to the present day.

The showing explores the lifestyle of pioneering, inventive Queenslanders, and their discoveries and inventions using the technology of the time. They made significant developments in areas of education, sport, leisure, clothing, photography, medicine and scientific research. Their innovations range from the weird and wacky to the functional and philanthropic. These inventions were the foundations that evolved into the modern developments of today.

This group of exceptional creators highlights the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism that is still thriving in Queensland today.

Magnificent Makers draws on The Library’s rich collections to explore the lives of these relatively unknown Queensland innovators through photographs, drawings, blueprints and objects. The tours and white-glove inspections are running daily until Sunday 3 June 2018, from 10am to 11am.

Readers also enjoyed Jabu Birriny (Land and Sea)

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