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100% Brisbane at the Museum of Brisbane

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Published July 22nd 2016
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100 percent Brisbane


The Museum of Brisbane is currently showing the 100% Brisbane exhibition. It is based on an interactive display of one hundred stories from a group of local residents. The exhibition is a collaboration with celebrated Berlin-based theatre company Rimini Protokoll. The unique stories provide a snapshot in time of the beliefs and attitudes which shape who we are.

At the start of the exhibition is a multimedia piece about our Aboriginal community. Brisbane was based on the traditional lands of Turrbal, Jagarra and Quandamooka people.

Sir Thomas Brisbane
Sir Thomas Brisbane


The city was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane who was the 6th Governor of New South Wales. I must admit I didn't know this and it was great to see an oil painting of his portrait. I enjoyed learning new facts and statistics about my home town.

My favourite part of the exhibition was the 11-minute short film written and presented by William McInnes. He talks about the key moments in our history which helped to shape and make Brisbane so liveable. There are amazing shots of photography showing the building of the Storey Bridge and the City Hall, and footage from the archives.

Brisbane river
Water Dragon by Judy Watson


There is a display of bottles of fragrance where you lean over to test. Usually, I'm fairly good at detecting the ingredients in wine, but I struggled with these. Smell is linked strongly to our emotions and memory, and these are meant to represent the smells of Brisbane.

There's a 612 ABC mock radio station where you can sit in the driving seat. All you need to do is put on the headphones (and microphone) and select someone to ask you a question about living in Brisbane. You press the start button and your one-minute answer will be recorded for social media or even the radio.

The Museum of Brisbane is located on Level 3, City Hall, King George Square. It's worthwhile visiting this free exhibition to find out more about our great city.
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Why? Learn about Brisbane's history and residents
When: From 15 July 2016
Phone: 07 3339 0800
Where: Museum of Brisbane
Cost: Free
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