Digital dialogues on diet: harvesting the archive for alternative patterns in Queensland food culture
Eva Phillips and Georgia Rolls

Resource List

Note: An asterisk (*) shows sources quoted or adapted in the piece ‘only absorption: made visible.’ A caret (^) indicates sources used for research in ‘The politics of food.’

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*Ryan, John Charles. Plants in Contemporary Poetry. 1 ed.: Routledge, 2017.

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^A folk art painted pearl shell with Queensland Aboriginal scene, titled lower right ‘Burnett River, Queensland, 20x19cm.’ Lot 459, Sale 467 ‘Australian and Historical’, Leski Auctions. ©Leski Auctions.

^Dr H. W. B. Henderson, Tripcony Family Members on Con Tripcony’s Oyster Cutter “Nancy” in Moreton Bay ca 1889. Image Number P87024, Sunshine Coast Libraries.

^Dugong Fishing c1890, John Oxley Library copy print collection. Not digitised.

^ Dugong fishermen huts at Amity Point on Stradbroke Island, 1891. State Library of Queensland, Negative Number 165983.

^Campbell, Archibald James. Oyster shell heap left by Aboriginal people, 1870. National Library of Australia.

^Megan Cope with her Artwork ‘RE FORMATION 2019’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

^A pair of rare and important hand-painted clam shells depicting North Queensland Aboriginal scenes, 19th century, monogrammed M.G. approximate size 17 x 27 cm each. © Mossgreen Auctions.

^ Aboriginal Australians at Meal Time in the Bloomfield River District. State Library of Queensland Digital Library: Brisbane John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 1885.

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Aboriginal women and children at Myora mission, Stradbroke Island. State Library of Queensland, 2011.

Men Fishing with Nets in the Caboolture River near Beachmere, 1890s. State Library of Queensland, 1890.

^Oyster Cutter, Pumicestone Passage, 1894. Sunshine coast Libraries, Image Number P87069.


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