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Learn Hidden Secrets During Curator's Tour
Why is it that a lot of visitors to our country learn about the history of Australia before we do? The State Library of Queensland is giving you the opportunity to explore the secrets, stories and hidden histories of Queensland's islands through the Free Curator's Tour of 'Islands' Exhibition. The tour includes the islands of Peel, St Helena, Fraser and Lindeman Islands as well as other not-so-known islands such as Erub – Darnley Island.
The Curator's Tour of 'Islands' Exhibition is a free event being held on Wednesday 9th January 2019 from 11.00am to 12 noon.
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Peel Island (Teerk Roo Ra meaning place of many shells) was once inhabited by Aboriginal people for their feasting and ceremonial activities. It has also had a tragic history in being used as a quarantine station, an asylum for vagrants and lastly in 1907, a leper colony. After the last leper, patients were transferred to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane in 1959 and Peel Island was handed over to Queensland's National Parks and Wildlife Department. In 1993, the island was heritage listed for its outstanding cultural heritage.
St Helena (Nungoon) – St Helena was declared a penal colony in 1867 when the Brisbane prison at Petrie Terrace was overflowing. The island housed some of Australia's worst offenders and gained the reputation as the "hell hole of the Pacific". Many prisoners committed suicide.
Fraser Island (K'Gari) – Fraser Island was first observed by Captain Cook in 1997 and named the one spot on the map, Indian Head. The island was home to the Butchulla People who found the shipwreck of Captain James Fraser, his wife Eliza and several crew members in 1836. Many different and varied stories have been told by Eliza and the Aboriginal People of what happened on the island at that time and many movies have been made depicting some of the scenarios. The island also has a tragic history when in 1851, the largest massacre against the Butchulla people occurred at Indian Head.
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Lindeman Island (Yarra Kimba). Located in the Whitsunday group of islands, Lindeman remained untouched until approximately 120 years ago. Firstly in 1770, Captain Cook recorded Aboriginal people paddling a canoe and in 1802, Captain Flinders reported that he saw campfires on a nearby island. It was not until 1868 that Commander Bingham on board the vessel Virago stated that Lindeman Island was the only island in the area where natives were seen.
Erub Island was named Darnley Island by Captain William Bligh in 1792 and is situated in the Torres Strait. Christianity arrived on the island in July 1871 with representatives of the London Missionary Society. Once the faith was accepted by Erub's leader, Christianity spread fast and had a profound effect on the occupants.
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The Curator's Tour will give you the opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes information that is not normally accessible to the public. If you have booked for this tour and then cannot attend, you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07 3842 9929 as soon as possible so your place can be offered to another.
This is a rich exhibition in history and value to any Australian, or visitor. The exhibition is being held in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, Level 4, State Library of Queensland. If you cannot attend this tour, you will still have an opportunity to walk yourself through the exhibition before it concludes on 27th January 2019.