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Exterior of the State Library of Queensland, 2021

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has been an active partner with Wikimedia Australia since 2010.

Early Collaborations

One of the initial major collaborations in Wikimedia Australia's history involved assisting the State Library of Queensland in uploading thousands of images from their collection to Wikimedia Commons.

Thousands of Images Donated

The news of this groundbreaking partnership made national news, and a large banner reading "Thank you, State Library of Queensland" was prominently featured on Wikipedia.

The donation included 50,000 out-of-copyright images, marking one of the largest contributions to Wikimedia Commons at the time. These images have since been utilized over 5,000 times in articles across English Wikipedia. Explore the images on Wikimedia Commons here.

Since then, various programs have been initiated to enrich Wikipedia content, including encouraging Queensland Public Libraries to contribute and share their communities' places, people, and stories through Wikimedia projects.

State Library of Queensland staff and Wikimedian Kerry Raymond celebrate reaching 1000 citations during the #1lib1ref campaign in 2017.

Wikipedian in Residence Projects


The State Library of Queensland established the First World War Wikipedian in Residence program in 2016. This program aimed to narrate the story of World War I in Queensland using the library's extensive collections. Throughout 2016, three resident Wikipedians hosted events, created pages and categories, assisted the public, and provided training to SLQ staff:

  • February to April 2016: Kerry Raymond
  • April to August 2016: Mrsinna
  • August to November 2016: Craig Franklin

Read more about this project on Wikipedia GLAM and access the project case study.


In 2023, as part of The Record: Australian Music On Wikipedia project, SLQ hosted Bianca Valentino as the First Nations Wikipedian In Residence. Bianca utilized the library archives to enhance content related to First Nations music.

Other SLQ Wikimedia Programs

  • In 2012, SLQ supported editors visiting regional towns Tambo and Quilpie, conducting editing workshops using existing stub articles.
  • Since 2017, SLQ has actively participated in #1Lib1Ref, adding an impressive 1,000 new citations to Wikipedia.
  • The 2018 Wikidata Tour Down Under started at the State Library of Queensland.
  • In 2017, the QWiki Club was initiated, a monthly Wikipedia editing club building on the success of the #1lib1ref campaign.
  • Contributions have been made to Wikisource (WikiProject_SLQ).
  • In 2024, the State Library of Queensland participated in 1Lib1Ref May-June 2024 campaign


Find a comprehensive list of all SLQ Wikimedia events here.


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