Historic Queensland collection returns home

Acting Arts Minister John-Paul Langbroek tonight announced the return to Queensland of an important collection of manuscripts, photographs, artworks and medals belonging to prominent colonial politician Sir Arthur Hodgson.

Until recently the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson had been held privately in England but it is now back in Queensland in the care of the State Library.

“Dating from the 1860s, the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson reveals the rich history of early European settlement on the Darling Downs, in particular Hodgson’s own station Eton Vale, said Mr Langbroek.

“I congratulate the State Library on its efforts to bring this collection home.”

Member for Logan Michael Pucci will open the Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings exhibition this evening (13 December) at the State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, which showcases the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson.

The exhibition includes photos, papers, artworks, manuscripts from the John Oxley library as well as items on loan from private collections.

“These early ‘squatters’ became known in the press of the day as ‘shepherd kings’ and ‘grass dukes’ as they erected fine homesteads, grand stables and woolsheds and transformed the landscape with exotic gardens,” said Mr Pucci.

“Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings is a fascinating opportunity for people to explore the prized possessions of pastoral life in 19th century Queensland and gain insight into the lives of these early European settlers who grew in political power.

“There were many interesting characters at the time and this exhibition tells their story.”

Other properties featured in the exhibition include Canning Downs, Glengallan, Maryvale, Westbrook, Yandilla and Talgai.

A program of events will be held in support of the exhibition. For more information visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

Media contact: Alex Bernard 0417 252 563

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