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Collections Overview

Welcome to this online directory to collections relating to the Marks family, who figured prominently on the social, scientific and medical landscape of Brisbane from 1879 until the death of Dr EN (“Pat”) Marks in 2002.

Thomas Tompion Clock, Qld Museum collection
Thomas Tompion Clock
Image courtesy of the Queensland Museum

The intrinsic importance of the Marks family and of a number of its members in the history of Brisbane medicine and science over the past century, together with the extensive records of its life, both personal and professional, and comprising both archival and object collections, held by a range of bodies in Brisbane, has prompted the development of this online guide to provide an overview of the material and promote research on a fascinating and important Brisbane family.

Much of the Marks family’s extensive personal correspondence was kept at 101 Wickham Terrace, before being transferred to the family’s Samford property (now the Queensland University of Technology’s Samford Ecological Research Facility) when Pat moved there in 1982. It was finally passed on to State Library of Queensland in 2010, where it is currently being processed into the Library’s collections.

Pat’s scientific correspondence is held by the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland. In its School of Biological Sciences, the University has also held her vast collection of entomological specimens and microscope slides, which was transferred to the Queensland Museum in 2011. The University’s Marks Hirschfeld Medical Museum holds many of the family’s scientific and medical instruments.

A full set of Pat’s scientific publications is held by Griffith University.

A large collection of the family’s personal and domestic objects – some of great value, others significant as representative of their time and of the family’s experiences – is held by the Queensland Museum, with a substantial collection also at the Samford Museum. The Queensland Museum also holds the extensive Marks anthropological collections, both Aboriginal and Pacific, and Pat Marks’s mosquito specimen collection and associated material, part of what was the University of Queensland entomology collection, transferred to the Queensland Museum in 2011.

The Queensland Art Gallery holds a number of items from the family which are of artistic and aesthetic significance.

Smaller Marks collections are held by the 2nd/14th Light Horse Museum at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera; the Victoria Barracks Museum; the Queensland Military Memorial Museum; the Windsor District Historical Society; the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland; and the French Musee du Souvenir Saint-Cyr, Coetquidan.

Browse The Marks Family Collections Online by collection:

Australian War Memorial   [Collection overview & special items]  
Musee du Souvenir Saint-Cyr Coetquidan   [Collection overview & special items]  
Queensland Art Gallery   [Collection overview & special items]  
Queensland Military Memorial Museum   [Collection overview & special items]  
Queensland Museum - Aboriginal Studies   [Collection overview & special items]  
Queensland Museum - Entomology collection   [Collection overview & special items]  
Queensland Museum - Pacific Anthropology   [Collection overview & special items]  
Queensland Museum - Social History   [Collection overview & special items]  
RACQ   [Collection overview & special items]  
Samford Museum   [Collection overview & special items]  
State Library of Queensland   [Collection overview & special items]  
The University of Queensland - Fryer Library   [Collection overview & special items]  
The University of Queensland - Marks Hirschfeld Medical Museum   [Collection overview & special items]  
Victoria Barracks Museum   [Collection overview & special items]  
Windsor and Districts Historical Society   [Collection overview & special items]