Library Collection

The Bain/O’Gorman Collection

Guest blog by Jill Rogers, Digital Collections Librarian, Library Resources Services, QUT

QUT Library is excited to announce our sixteenth and largest (upcoming) digital collection, the Bain/O’Gorman Collection, to add to  QUT Digital Collections, our unique collection of images and other historically and culturally significant materials relating to QUT and external to QUT.

Jack Bain (grandfather of the Education academic and donor, Dr Lyndal O’Gorman) was a keen amateur photographer, and his daughter Mrs Cynthia O’Gorman (mother of Dr Lyndal O’Gorman) was also a keen amateur photographer. Both photographers took print and slide photos all over the world from the 1950s to the 1990s.

The Bain/ O’Gorman Collection consists of approximately 100,000 35mm slides, and some print photographs, from the 1920s to the 1990s in many different geographic locations. The images include Australian native flowers, Australian fauna, and historical Brisbane homes/ Queensland buildings, as well as other countries’ attractions and landmarks across the world.

Below are a couple of examples of early digitised and described free-to-use-with-attribution images so far in the Bain/O’Gorman Collection.

O’Gorman, Cynthia (1964) Western Australian Gum flower
Bain, Jack (1954) Decorated Queen Street buildings for Queen Elizabeth’s first Royal visit to Brisbane, 1954



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