Death at the beach


The iconic Queensland beach, loved for its sun, surf and sand, can turn deadly without warning.

Join Dr Jonathan Richards as he delves into the darker side of our coastline, discussing fatalities on Queensland beaches and coastal waterways as recorded by coronial inquests held between 1890 and 1960.

From the common drowning and shark attacks, to crocodile and stinger attacks, learn about the murky underbelly of our much loved beach.

Dr Richards, a lecturer in Australian history at the School of Humanities, Griffith University, specialises in archival research into violence and death in Queensland. He is the author of The Secret War: A True History of Queensland's Native Police, short-listed twice for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.

Speaker: Dr Jonathan Richards
When: Wed 18 May, 2011. 12.30pm
Where: slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Duration: 01:00:29 hours

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