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World War One changed the world politically, economically and culturally. Nations worldwide were plunged into financial stress. Empires ended and new countries were established. Millions of lives were lost. Nations grieved and monuments and memorials were built. This exhibition, curated by the Army Museum South Queensland, reveals the aftermath of World War One and a world changed forever. Tour the Barracks and view the exhibition Bookings essential. Full tour $15 including Devonshire Tea and viewing of the new exhibition.Find out more »
Birdcage of the Bay is a recreation of the St Helena prison stockade, using plans from the collection of the Queensland State Archives and other historical sources to show the extent of the prison establishment and its myriad of prisoner stories. From unique island records and objects through to discoveries and a virtual reality recreation, this exhibition is an opportunity to catch glimpses of life at the St Helena Island Prison beyond the walls of the visitor box. Opening times: Monday…Find out more »
Supreme Court Library Queensland’s new exhibition, ‘Overturning terra nullius: the story of native title’ is now open in Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre. With Captain James Cook’s declaration of sovereignty in 1770, all inhabitants of Australia became subject to the law of England and the native title rights of First Nation peoples to occupy, use and enjoy traditional lands were ignored. It would be over 220 years before the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) would restore some legal recognition of these original and…Find out more »
The current display at Miegunyah House Museum shows some of the textile treasures of The Queensland Women’s Historical Association (QWHA). Signature cloths were a way of raising money or remembering events in time. The five cloths on display have been recognised as a significant part of the collection. Included is a cloth begun in 1890s by Ida Clifton which has the signatures of notable people such as Nellie Melba and many of the Griffith family. Amy Charles was a student…Find out more »
Between 2016 and 2017 Julie Fragar attended a number of criminal trials in the Supreme Court of Queensland as an observer from the public gallery. Fragar was interested in the moments where a person’s private life becomes open to public scrutiny and she analysed the way in which a court case compresses a person’s biographical history into a short, hard narrative. Based on this experience, Fragar created Next Witness. The five large-scale paintings in Next Witness cut across time, space and…Find out more »
Agricultural shows are one of the most iconic of Australian traditions, loved by generations. In the Moreton Bay Region there are six show – each with their own unique stories. 2019 is a big year for the Redcliffe Show celebrating its 70th show. In recognition of this, Showtime! features a series of photos capturing the essence of the show, taken at the 2018 show by photographer Russell Shakespeare. Exhibition developed by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Image credit: Redcliffe Show 2018. Photographer Russell…Find out more »
This display examines the outback service conducted by a number of women between the early 1900s to the 1920s. Display located on Level 3 of the Mayne Medical School which is open during business hours Monday – Friday. Marks-Hirschfeld Medical Museum staff are only on site Tuesday and Thursday 9.00 am – 12.00 pm. Image: Dr Mabel Crutchfield, 1909. Mabel went straight from Melbourne after graduation in 1906 to Boulia.Find out more »
HOME explores the social and emotional foundations of our houses through the incredible legacy of Frank and Eunice Corley. From the 1960s to the 1970s, this entrepreneurial couple drove the suburban streets of Queensland in their pink Cadillac, taking photographs of houses and selling them to homeowners as calendar inserts, Christmas cards or standalone images. Frank and Eunice are thought to have taken over a quarter of a million photographs of houses through South East Queensland and as far north as…Find out more »
The exhibition explores two incredible finds that help us today to understand more about everyday lives behind the lines. In 2011, Ross Coulthart, re-discovered 4000 glass plates negatives from the First World War in the small village of Vignacourt, in the attic of a farm barn. The photos were taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier, who had supplemented their farming income during the war by selling pictures to passing Allied soldiers. The Thuillier Collection was purchased by Kerry Stokes, and…Find out more »
Brisbane’s past is explored through seven themes relating to: Traditional Owners; convict history; European settlement; the People’s Place; the river; the natural environment and Brisbane on the world stage. Through stories, facts, photos and film, Perspectives of Brisbane offers an insight into the people, moments and surroundings that set us apart from the rest. Perspectives of Brisbane includes a new media work by international art star and local Aboriginal artist Judy Watson, water body 2012, exploring the ongoing connection of Traditional Owners to Country, and Beauty 2013, a…Find out more »
Australian South Sea Islander history and heritage continues to be an untold story in our wider community. This new exhibition will explore the living history of Australian South Sea Islanders, exploring the State Library of Queensland collections including images, books and documentation collected over the last 150 years. Contemporary artworks and digital stories from the Australian South Sea Islander community will be showcased together with this original material from the collection.Find out more »
The Queensland Maritime Museum has curated a new exhibition that showcases their large collection of ship models. The models cover all periods of history from ancient Egyptian dhows to modern liners and warships. The models range in size from tiny Dinky-style models to two-metre-long models like HMAS Brisbane. As well as the free-standing models, there are ships in bottles, an even rarer craft. This exhibition is designed for young and old alike.Find out more »