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Jarjum Stories at State Library of Queensland

Gregg Dreise

Feature image credit: From Cunning Crow, 2019, written and illustrated by Gregg Dreise.

Jarjum Stories at State Library of Queensland is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s books and storytelling. Jarjum [pronounced jah-jum] means children.

Revisit childhood favourites – The Rainbow SerpentStradbroke Dreamtime and The Legends of Moonie Jarl – and some of the earliest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s books published in Queensland.

This free and colourful showcase highlights the role of storytelling in sharing language, cultural knowledge and moral lessons across generations.

See the world through the eyes of jarjum in the exploration of stories created with children across Queensland including a bilingual Yugambeh story book.

Experience The Very Hungry Caterpillar through its many translations into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Throughout the showcase period, join in special Reading Nook activities capturing the imagination of children and adults alike.

State Library celebrates the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Image thanks to excerpt from The Crocodile (detail), 1987, Gregory Omeenyo, illustrated by Brett Snook based on original children’s illustrations. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Ref: 716738

Event details 

  • Open daily
  • Running from the 19 October 2019 until 10 May 2020
  • Free showcase
  • Located at kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library of Queensland



October 19. 2019
May 10, 2020
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State Library of Queensland
(07) 3840 7768


State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place
South Bank,Queensland4101Australia
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3840 7666

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