Islands: hidden histories from Queensland islands


Characterised by sun, surf and sand, Queensland islands are popularly seen as paradises and playgrounds. But due to their geographic isolation, life on the islands can be far from idyllic.

Islands will explore the secrets, stories and hidden histories of Queensland’s islands and in doing so reshape our knowledge of these close but faraway places. From Peel Island’s lazaret and St Helena Island’s penal settlement to the story of Eliza Fraser and the development of tourism on Lindeman Island, Islands brings to life some of the lesser known stories of the state’s island life. The exhibition invites you to stop a moment and listen closely to just a few of the voices that whisper their stories about life on Queensland’s islands.

Islands draws on State Library’s rich collections to explore the stories of six Queensland islands through photographs, drawings, maps, objects and more.
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Image: Mrs Fraser in search of water (engraving), appeared in Shipwreck of the Stirling Castle, 1838, John Curtis, Published by George Virtue, London, John Oxley Library, SLQ, RBJ 910.453 cur.

30th Jun 2018 10:00am-5:00pm
Every day, until 27th Jan 2019
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4, State Library, Stanley Place, South Bank
More information:
Queensland Memory
07 3840 7887

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