Dig out those historic photos of the BBB


We’re on the hunt for photos that convey some aspect of a forgotten history, or a story not widely known.

A photo doesn’t even have to be that old to unearth a story. So, what’s a hidden history? What sorts of images are we looking for?

Broadly speaking, almost any image can convey some aspect of a forgotten history, a story not widely known.

A holiday photo of family visiting the property captures a particular moment in that family’s life. 

A photo of a couple in front of their first home is part of the story of that house and of the people who lived in it.  

An image of an old Massey-Ferguson tractor tucked away in the back of the shed, tells us something about how people worked their land, and the changes they have made since.

The idea to unearth forgotten, or little known stories comes from graziers in the Bowen and Collinsville areas, following last year’s successful LDC photography competition which showcased the BBB. 

Graziers thought it would be interesting to also showcase the BBB of yesteryear. 

So LDC has teamed up with Collinsville Connect Telecentre to hunt down photos of yesteryear that have been snapped on properties around Collinsville and Bowen.

You can submit your old photos via the LDC website. As you submit each photo, you will be asked to type in a short paragraph explaining what the photograph is about: when, where and of whom it was taken, for instance.

Your submission will help grow the Collinsville Connect Telecentre’s photographic archive. The archive is home to more than 12,000 images, if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth taking a look.

There are two online collections: Collinsville Memoirs Online and Our Stories Unearthed.

The Our Stories Unearthed will soon supercede Collinsville Memoirs Online. This collection is being moved to Our Stories Unearthed. 

Collinsville Connect Telecentre has agreed to host the BBB historical display on its website.

The friendly team is also willing to help you upload your photos. Take your photos into the Telecentre and the team will scan and submit the photos on your behalf here.

So, fossick in drawers, albums, hard drives and shoeboxes for old photographs of your relatives, modes of transport or technology, domestic scenes, places of work, or play, and jump onto our website and submit them online here.

You’ve got two months, to the middle of August, with submissions closing at 5pm on 14 August. 

The images on this page are from the extensive collection at the Collinsville Connect Telecentre.

Images of yesteryear will be sorted into three albums


Themes for three albums

For categorisation and aesthetic purposes, the collection will be displayed in three albums.

The albums will adopt the same categories as those promoted in the LDC photography competition.

Photos will be categorised into the following three categories:


How we lived

Photos that depict people or a person in some form. They could capture everyday moments, inside or outside.


How we worked

Photos that show people performing their job. 


Our special landmarks

Photos that embody the spirit of the outdoors. They could depict landscape, our climate, wildlife or domestic animals.  People can be in the photo as being part of or in their environment.

You can submit your old photos via the LDC website. As you submit each photo, you will be asked to type in a short paragraph explaining what the photograph is about: when, where and of whom it was taken, for instance).


The term ‘historical’ means different things to different people, so in the spirit of trying to unearth forgotten photos, LDC will accept photos taken in the BBB that are at least 10 years old.

Colour and monochrome photographs will be accepted.

Photos must be submitted online. NQ Dry Tropics will not accept any hardcopy photos.

Photos need to be scanned and submitted as a JPEG file and be a maximum 2Mb filesize.

The number of photos per category is limited to five.

To submit a photo, you will be asked to provide a full Name (Christian and Surname), address, contact phone number, and the photo category for which it is intended. 

Before submitting a photo, the entrant is responsible for taking all steps necessary to protect the right of publicity and other rights of persons depicted in the work, including but not limited to obtaining their permission, to avoid problems related to infringement of their rights. 

Photographers retain ownership of all copyrights. However, by submitting an image for display in the historical collection, you automatically give NQ Dry Tropics permission and rights to store, display, and use the image, its thumbnails, and your name as the photographer, indefinitely in any non-commercial media without notification or compensation.

All submissions must be received by the advertised closing time and date.