Museum of Brisbane

The many lives of Moreton Bay closing soon


How the year has flown! There is just over a month until The many lives of Moreton Bay closes, even though it feels like only yesterday that it was installed (was actually 14 February). With the exhibition closing on 12 October, we wanted to share some of our special moments from this exhibition:

  • The moment someone on an exhibition tour stopped our assistant curator to enquire about one of the paintings on the wall. She then went on to tell us some interesting history about the painting. (We were so excited about this we posted a blog about it),
  • Hearing the hundreds of stories shared through the 612ABC Brisbane Memory Booth. Here is one: George H came in on his 80th Birthday. He had lived in Redcliffe since he was 2 ½ yrs old and remembers Moreton Bay during the war years when it was used as a base for shipping and transportation. It was a big adventure for young George with the American sailors and Australian soldiers there. Redcliffe was inundated with forces on R&R and visitors to the area by the busloads.
  • And here is a second great story from the Memory Booth: Rob H told us about his days as the lighthouse keeper for Cape Moreton light house in 1984. He said he was the first to see a white whale go passed and remembers the Channel 7 helicopter came to film it for the news that night. He loved being the lighthouse keeper and we loved the story he shared.
  • During planning and development phases for the exhibition, the Museum team got to take some island visits to Stradbroke, Peel and Moreton Islands. The visit to Peel Island was the most memorable, with the whole team taking the excursion. There was lots of laughter on the rocky boat (for most!) – a treat to feel the sand between our toes during a work day!
  • Maddie Hogan, our Assitant Curator remembers the Peel Island visit well. She said “The walk across to the lazaret site was beautiful and the stories were very moving. To be at the site and see/feel how they lived was intense. Evelyn Parkin (a Quandamooka woman who wrote the Aboriginal panels in the exhibition) joined the team on the trip. She had a special connection to Peel Isalnd as her father used to work there. She was able to visit the generator where he worked and see the living conditions that her ancestors would have endured in the ‘coloured’ compound. She had never been to the island before so this was a particularly moving part of the visit.”
  • We even made this video from our visit:

We have also had some fantastic feedback from visitors about the exhibition:


“Lovely bright vivid photographs. Loved the Moreton Bay exhibit and information on the traditional land owners. :)” Faith


“I came for the Moreton Bay exhibit and loved it,” Lynn


“It was great. The staff were very friendly and the Moreton exhibition was really good.” Ryan