Architectural history enters digital era

A new online architectural research tool allows The University of Queensland community to quickly locate a specific architect and track their career.

Launched this week to coincide with the International Day for Monuments and Sites, the UQ eSpace repository lists the rolls of architects from the Queensland Government Gazette from 1930 to 1980.

Environment and Heritage Protection Minister and National Parks and Great Barrier Reef Minister the Honourable Steven Miles MP said the resource would help preserve Queensland’s cultural heritage.

The Honourable Steven Miles MP launched the new digitsed rolls of architects from the Queensland Government Gazette from 1930 - 1980.

“I would like to congratulate the University of Queensland on its initiative to digitise the Architecture Rolls of Queensland. It is a substantial and lasting contribution both to architecture and heritage in Queensland,” Mr Miles said.

“As the custodian of more than 1700 State-listed heritage places, the Queensland Government understands heritage is not just about the past, but is an integral part of our present and our future.

“Which is why digitisation is such an important tool in preserving our heritage.

The UQ Library is digitising architectural plans held in our Fryer Library Collection.

“Our heritage places are so important to our way of life because they help to reinforce our sense of place and identity.

“In Queensland, and elsewhere in Australia, there is growing interest in the history of local architecture and the architects who contributed to our built environment.

“The work of Queensland-based architects during the period have shaped a built environment that is uniquely Queensland."

The resource is available thanks to a $2500 gift from the Board of Architects of Queensland and the support of dedicated volunteers.

From left - University Librarian Mr Bob Gerrity, Professor Joanne Wright, The Honourable Steven Miles MP seeing a demonstration of the new online architectural research tool from Adjunct Professor Don Watson.

Read more about the digitisation process, see pictures from the event or listen to a recording of the event online.  

The Fryer Library holds over 25,000 plans from firms such as Conrad & Gargett, Wilson’s Architects, Karl Langer, Vitaly Gzell, Graham de Gruchy, Martin Haenke, James Birrell, Hennessy and Hennessy, Powell, Dods and Thorpe, Hodgen and Hodgen and Hayes and Scott.  

Last updated:
24 May 2017