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.

Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings 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 curators tour with Dianne Byrne.

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