Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings

Staff picnic in the Darling Downs, 1877, Davenport Album, John Oxley Library, SLQ 9949

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Nineteenth century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at SLQ. Explore the prized possessions, photo albums, planting journals, and other records of farm life of the Europeans who settled in the Darling Downs from 1839.

Popularly known as the ‘grass dukes’ and ‘shepherd kings’, they lived up to their image as antipodean aristocrats, erecting fine homesteads, grand stables and woolsheds and transforming the landscape with exotic plants and formal gardens.

The Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings exhibition provides an insight into the lives of the early ‘squatters’ and their pastoral and political power. Open daily from 14 December 2012 to 21 April 2013.

Learn more at a curator's tour with Dianne Byrne on 16 Dec 2012,  16 Feb 2013 or 24 March 2013.

Venue:
Philip Bacon Gallery, level 4, State Library, Stanley Place, South Bank
Cost:
Free
More information:
Exhibitions
07 3840 7768
learningparticipation@slq.qld.gov.au

Program of events

Staff picnic in the Darling Downs, 1877, Davenport Album, John Oxley Library, SLQ 9949

Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings

Philip Bacon Gallery, level 4, State Library
Starts 14th Dec 2012 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every day, until 21st Apr 2013

19th century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at SLQ.
Staff picnic in the Darling Downs, 1877, Davenport Album, John Oxley Library, SLQ 9949

Curator’s tour: Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings

Philip Bacon Gallery, level 4, State Library
Starts 16th Dec 2012, 1pm -

19th century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at SLQ.
Staff picnic in the Darling Downs, 1877, Davenport Album, John Oxley Library, SLQ 9949

Curator’s tour: Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings

Philip Bacon Gallery, level 4, State Library
Starts 16th Feb 2013, 11am -

19th century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at SLQ
Lincoln Sheep Homeward Laddie

A history of squatters with James McCourt

slq Auditorium 2, level 2
Starts 13th Mar 2013, 12:30pm -

Join James McCourt as he examines the lives of the early squatters on the Darling Downs.
â¢	Two fine horses and their owner at Yandilla Station ca 1875

A night in the JOL: The sport of kings and a national passion - the thoroughbred heritage of the Darling Downs


Starts 6th Mar 2013, 6pm -

Join Helen Coughlan and Dr Ross Johnston as they explore the popular pastime of horse racing amongst European settlers in the new colony of Queensland.
Staff picnic in the Darling Downs, 1877, Davenport Album, John Oxley Library, SLQ 9949

Curator’s tour: Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings

Philip Bacon Gallery, level 4, State Library
Starts 24th Mar 2013, 1pm -

19th century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at SLQ.

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