Queensland's Citizen Science Hub

As access to the Internet has evolved from the specialised to the routine, so have students and researchers become less likely to consult works that appear only in print. Numerous scientific reports earlier than about 2000, when digitisation became mainstream, are no longer readily accessible because the entire scholarly and research community has adapted to finding resources online.

On this page we will re-publish scanned works that come our way.


The Australian Flora by John Shirley, a leaflet on behalf of the Education Department. Other works by John Shirley are listed in the State Library’s catalogue with dates of about 1890s -1917.


Works such as F. Manson Bailey’s Descriptive Catalogue of Queensland’s Grasses, 1899. Yes, his taxonomy has been superseded by botanists in subsequent decades, but his observations on the ability of the pastoral country to take rapid advantage of rain has completely contemporary salience.