- Anthropology Museum, Chancellors Place, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
- 01st March 2019 - 13th December 2019
- 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
- (07) 3365 3010
Palm Trees and Tropical Sunsets
The Inspection Tour of Aboriginal Stations in North Queensland and Torres Strait 1931
In June 1931, a party of Queensland government dignitaries and guests, led by Home Secretary J.C. Peterson, boarded the government ketch Melbidir II, on Thursday Island for an 'Inspection tour of Aboriginal Stations in North Queensland and Torres Strait'. Souvenir albums of the tour reveal the party enjoying the mild conditions offered by a tropical winter sojourn, the images evidence of the government's success in dealing with the so-called 'Aboriginal problem'. These sit in stark contrast to the lived experience of those forced to reside on missions and reserves.
Anthropology Museum, UQ open Monday - Friday, 11.00 am - 3.00 pm.
Image: Government party arriving at Mapoon 1931 | photograph from J.C.Peterson album | Donated by the Queensland Women's Historical Association, 2017