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An article from Winton District Historical Society & Museum Inc on the reopening of the Museum after the devastating fire at the Waltzing Matilda Centre.

When Len and Robyn Lawrence from Western Australia walked through the gate on Thursday 8 October, Winton District Historical Society & Museum had notched up 550 visitors to the Qantilda Museum section of the Waltzing Matilda Centre, since we opened on 1 September. They were particularly interested in the Furphy Tank with its shorthand inscription, having seen a similar one at Pine Creek in the Northern Territory.WDHSM 1

Visitors from across Australia have enjoyed the variety of historic items on display, including some things restored after the fire.

Members and friends who volunteered to staff the gates, celebrated a very busy six weeks, after the official closure on Thursday 8 October.Celebration closure 8.10.15

The Winton District Historical Society & Museum Inc. looks forward to opening again at Easter 2016, and welcoming many more visitors to the surviving buildings of the Waltzing Matilda Centre.

Together with all of Australia, we can’t wait until the new memorial to our national song arises from the ashes!

The 2015 M&G QLD Conference recently held in Ipswich would not been such a success without the generous contribution of sponsors and supporters.

M&G QLD wishes to acknowledge and thank:

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By Jo Evans

At the end of June, M&GSQ headed to the beautiful western downs town of Dalby to deliver the final in a series of six social media workshops to regional Queensland.

The workshop, held in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, (SLQ) was presented by SLQ staff Anne Scheu and Myles Sinnamon over two days and attracted participants from Dalby and surrounding towns including Tara and Miles.

The 13 participants ranged from absolute novices to tech savvy professionals, but what united them was the drive to use social media to best promote and communicate with their respective audiences.

Day one of the workshop focussed on the different social media platforms and, while there are many, we mainly discussed Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and WordPress. Read the rest of this entry »

These delightful photos were taken at the Swedish American Museum and they feature the opportunities children have to explore being a pioneering Swedish child about to become an immigrant and resident in America. Children prepare for this big event by dressing up as immigrant children, buying a ticket in a child’s size ticket booth and going up one side of a big boat ready for departure. They leave from Sweden and arrive on the other side of the boat in America. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by Jo Evans, Communications Officer

On Wednesday, May 21, Creative Partnerships Australia organised a free forum with New York-based international arts, philanthropy and management expert, Ben Cameron, and I was fortunate enough to attend.

The forum was held at QAG|GOMA and was an opportunity to learn about how to manage grants and philanthropic donations in these cash-strapped times.

Ben has a pedigree when it comes to philanthropy, managing a special, one-time $50 million allocation, in addition to an annual $14 million grants program for theatre, contemporary dance and jazz at New York’s prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).

He specialises in arts funding, philanthropy and grants, although the DDCF also donates funds to medical research and environmental groups.

While Queensland is a long way from New York, there were many parallels between the work Ben does and the work we do in the museum and gallery sector. Read the rest of this entry »

David Bowden, Researcher for the Roma RSL Sub-Branch, attended the Heritage Leaders Workshop, run by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in Brisbane from 1–4 April. He was the recipient of a SLQ Heritage Leaders bursary, administered by Museum & Gallery Services Queensland. David acknowledges the assistance of Jacqui Burns from the Maranoa Regional Council.

He writes about his experience of the workshop:

L-R: David Bowden, Researcher for Roma RSL Sub-Branch, with Gary Oakley, Indigenous Liaison Officer for the Australian War Memorial at the Heritage Leaders Workshop held at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane.

L-R: David Bowden, Researcher for Roma RSL Sub-Branch, with Gary Oakley, Indigenous Liaison Officer for the Australian War Memorial, at the State Library of Queensland’s Heritage Leaders Workshop.












“The purpose of the Heritage Leaders Workshop is to gather information from all over Queensland relating to World War One – in particular those items in suitcases under beds and in sheds throughout Queensland. There is a realisation that most of the people directly connected with these items have passed away. Even the ranks of their children are thinning rapidly. There is a thirst for knowledge among the originals’ grandchildren and later generations to be informed.

This information is not only about war stories. There is a need to know what happened in Brisbane, the Provincial Cities and all the little town Communities throughout Queensland. In particular, how did the Communities cope while their young men were away for so long? What was the effect of war on those who returned to their homes and jobs after the war? After all, this is the war that changed completely the way that wars were fought, with mechanisation etc used for the first time.

Kate Evans, the Workshop Facilitor, encouraged everyone to search out old photos, letters,  diaries, pamphlets that are stored in many homes. Also to seek out the “War Souvenirs” hiding in many sheds. All are of interest in the local Communities. More importantly they may well assist the full-time researchers in libraries and museums to find an important link for the many projects that will be worked on from 2014 to 2018.

Those attending were able to see people working on a number of projects at the Queensland State Archives, State Library Queensland and the Queensland Museum. Working sessions on: “What are Queensland’s World War One and ANZAC Stories?”; “A Guide to Researching World War One Content”; “Conserving ANZAC Treasures”; “Caring for Memorials and Monuments”; and “Creating and Using Digital Resources and Social Media” assisted those attending to better understand keeping Queensland World War One History alive locally and within our State.”

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Mary Low from the Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc ( writes from her M&GSQ internship at the State Library of Queensland:

The State Library is the largest collecting institution in Queensland, with 1.7 millions of books, one million photographic images and millions of ephemera objects, maps, musical scores and works of art. From day one I quickly get an idea of what that looks like and the volume and wealth of material that the SLQ conservation unit processes in order to preserve and make its collections accessible to the public through loans and exhibitions online.

Day one, I meet my mentor, senior conservator Rachel Spano who gives me a tour and overview of the SLQ conservation unit which is located on level five. Rachael takes time to explain the work of the three main teams within the unit: visual media, collection conservation, and digitisation and microfilm (located at Cannon Hill.)

I am shown the labs and dedicated work spaces where various tasks such as digital imaging, photographic copying, box making, book binding, and paper preservation and restoration are carried out. I meet some of the staff.  I also accompany Rachel to the quarantine, in the basement where a new significant acquisition, the Rechabite Collection has just been delivered and will proceed to be, surface cleaned, and checked for mould and treated for bug infestation by freezing or   placing in the mobigas chamber before being catalogued.  I am impressed by the equipment, resources and established systems in place. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to observe best practices in action  and learn as much as I can during my time with the conservation unit.

M&GSQ 2013 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture.

A week at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery began by demounting an exhibition of works that are insured for $4.4million! – Master pieces from the Peter Elliot collection.
The systems used by the team are pretty much what we do at the Grassland Art Gallery but they do have a couple of nifty ideas that I will take home and implement.
My favourite thing is the laser level – no red wool stuck up with blue tack! We want one of those – soon as!!!
I do like their blocks of wood covered in carpet used to prop work off the floor and their cleaning trolley which is loaded with all the tools and materials needed for an installation.
Eight people all knowing what they are doing – what a breeze. Everything down, packed away, walls painted, the next exhibition works framed, placed and up on the wires.

M&GSQ 2013 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture.

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Perc Tucker Regional Gallery’s current exhibition Brick by Brick has broken all manner of attendance records since it opened on 13 December, with over 60 000 enthusiastic visitors already recorded. The Gallery’s previous visitation record, which was set during the 2011 Xstrata Children’s Exhibition Zookini, stood at 17 121.

Shane Fitzgerald, Manager of Townsville’s Gallery Services and the exhibition’s Curator, said the exhibition “was a triumph for the Gallery and the region.”

LEGO® products are obviously an icon of popular culture and have had a lasting impression on so many of our lives, as evidenced by the show’s popularity. Brick by Brick showcases historic LEGO® items for the first time in Australia, while tracing the development of the toy throughout the generations.


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Developed by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery with information and materials provided by The LEGO® Group, Brick by Brick explores the origins of LEGO® bricks, bringing together the history, design and impact that these products have played upon popular culture.

The exhibition features 53 historical items which have been sent directly from the LEGO® Idea House in Billund, Denmark. These items include early products such as the pull-along duck (1945) and assorted wooden toys, the Ferguson Tractor (1952), the original System of Play set, through to more recent special edition, limited edition, and memorable LEGO® sets.

These items are complemented by a LEGO® building room and video game room, a host of interactive activities, and large-scale sculptures by the Southern Hemisphere’s only LEGO® Certified Professional Ryan McNaught, aka The Brickman.

Brick by Brick is the largest ever exhibition of LEGO® history and products in Townsville, and will continue to thrill the young and young at heart until 23 February.

LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2013 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved. Historical information and material provided by The LEGO Group.

Newcastle Museum is exciting and innovative- interactive- it is all about activity, activation and change. A museum is not the same for ever; NM is not a ‘crusty’, everyone wants something different and NM tries to give it to them. Different exhibitions for different people- giving them an experience they don’t get anywhere else.

NM has recently opened a shop, the goal of the of the shop is to bring people in to the shop to purchase – it is not just targeting sales at the museum audience. Merchandise is being created with the idea that customers will come and purchase a unique gift that they can’t get elsewhere.

Exhibitions are developed with the community in mind, as a recognition of their identity. Key learning-Labels: wording for labels should be short and sweet, written to be comprehended by a twelve year old. Simple language, clear explanations.

Also an image of the ferry- what a way to go to work each day!

M&GSQ 2013 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture.

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Phone: 07 3059 9740

Museums & Galleries Queensland is the peak professional body for the public museum and gallery sector in Queensland.

Museums & Galleries Queensland promotes, supports and provides services to foster excellence in museums, galleries and keeping places. We strive to ensure a future where museums, galleries and keeping places are relevant, accessible and valued by their communities.

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