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Throughout my research on Queensland’s Bible in State schools referendum of 1910 I have been surprised at the absence of photos of the 1910 federal election and state referendum. There were plenty of cameras around in 1910. Commentators at the time talk about the posters, the badges and ribbons worn by supporters of issues and candidates on polling day, and the prominence of women in the canvassing. Surely some photos have survived to today?
The campaign for the Bible in State schools referendum was conducted by volunteers throughout Queensland. The minute book of the executive of the Bible in State Schools League is held at the John Oxley Library and I have tracked down the minute book for the Warwick branch of the League. Branches of the League were established throughout Queensland. Where are their records? Women were important for fundraising and campaigning. Do you know where the records of the Women’s branch of the Bible in State Schools League are?
I am interested in reconstructing the voting process on polling day. With the help of a report in The Brisbane Courier I am taking a close look at voting at the Bulimba School of Arts. I am interested in any photos of this building prior to World War I. Naturally accounts of the day written by people who were there and photos of the polling booth and those who were manning it would be icing on the cake.
My first point of call on these questions are libraries and local history groups in Queensland, but I thought I would also throw the question over to people in the virtual world. Was your great grandmother one of these canvassers? Did your great grandfather belong to one of the branches of the Bible in State Schools League? Was your church hall the site of one of the public meetings of the Bible in State Schools League? Maybe you have photos or posters that were used on the day or during the campaign?
Please feel free to share your information in a comment to the blog below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Photo of the executive committee of the Bible in State Schools League, State Library of Queensland, Neg. 121189.