Queensland launches online aerial image library

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

Queensland launches online aerial image library

The Queensland Government has digitised and made freely available its vast collection of aerial images dating back to the 1930s.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines has digitised 800,000 photographs from the State Aerial Photography Program, which commenced in 1949, as well as some earlier images.

Digital versions of the photos have been overlaid in an online map, allowing users to view and search for images by location. The online collection has been called QImagery.

QImagery includes aerial images comparing Noosa Heads in 1967 and 2002, Gladstone in 1959 and 1998, and Broadbeach in 1930, 1955 and 2002.

The collection also shows the site of the Gateway Bridge pre-construction in 1958, during construction in 1982 and a completed version in 2002.

Acting Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Bill Byrne said the collection is a reference for topographic mapping and infrastructure planning purposes, and has now been opened up to the wider public.

“Local history buffs will be able to take a walk down memory lane and see how their street has changed over the decades, as well as tracking changes to their school, workplace or major infrastructure development over time,” he said.

“QImagery takes these photos out of the darkroom archives and sorts them in a way that makes it meaningful and accessible to all Queenslanders.”

Image courtesy QImagery.

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