Museum of Brisbane

Sunday Stories | Expo 88 Anniversary

It is 30 years since Expo 88 launched on April 30 1988, on the redeveloped site of South Bank. For six months, Expo attracted more than 15 million visitors exploring the theme “Leisure in the Age of Technology”! World Expo 88 also attracted international governments and businesses creating around 100 pavillions to explore. Expo 88 brought great energy and change to the city of Brisbane, helping to expand an evening social scene, as people would dine out with their family in the evening during Expo, a rare activity for many before its launch. The closing ceremony on the 30th October 1988, featured the largest fireworks display in Australia at the time. The last remaining trace of Expo at the original site is The Nepal Peace Pagoda, built by the Nepalese government. Our friends at Qld State Archives have an extraordinary collection of images from Expo 88. A self guided public art walk – The World Expo ’88 Public Art Trail – 30th Anniversary has also been created by BCC.
Do you have a favourite memory from Expo 88?

Image courtesy of QLD State Archives