Museum of Brisbane

The many lives of Moreton Bay

  • 14 Feb 2014 — 12 Oct 2014
  • Exhibition now closed

Picturesque Moreton Bay – Aboriginal name Quandamooka – conjures up images of sandy beaches, fishing trips and marine life but the beauty of the Bay is not just skin deep. Few know the rich and diverse history of this natural treasure located on Brisbane’s doorstep.

The many lives of Moreton Bay

Once a haven for its traditional owners, the area became a microcosm of colonialism within just a few years of European settlement in 1824. In the decades that followed, the region housed a prison, a whaling station and an asylum for the elderly and infirmed. However, today the Bay is a hub of tourism and recreation as well as an important centre of industry and a place of conservation and environmental research.

Visitors to The many lives of Moreton Bay will discover an intriguing story of endless transformations – from leper colony to wilderness retreat, from whaling station to marine sanctuary. Tales of shipwrecks sit alongside stories of lazy days spent fishing and the memories of those who have lived their lives amidst the Bay’s wild beauty. The many lives of Moreton Bay brings them together as one powerful and revealing experience.


Museum of Brisbane’s education program, Engage, aims to open minds, entertain and excite students. As with all our exhibitions, The many lives of Moreton Bay  facilitates learning in an educational, fun and memorable way. To learn more about curriculum links and available education tours visit the education page.

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