Our current major exhibition is called: The Newsmakers: 50 years of major events of the Sunshine Coast. It was opened by the Mayor of the Sunshine Coast Council, Mark Jamieson, on 25 September 2017.
The Newmakers is an exhibition that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast by highlighting just some of the many headlines and stories that have appeared in the local and national newspapers over those 50 years.
At the time that the name Sunshine Coast was officially gazetted in 1967, the Shire Council was located in what is now the Museum. Then, the toilet was outside, there was no air-conditioning or heating, the typewriters were manual, and according to one of the Council’s long-serving employees, Carmel Barr, “the ladies always had our lunch and morning tea at our desks”.
Come in and see the Newsmakers and see what has made the Sunshine Coast such a unique place to live.
The exhibition would not have been possible without the help and support of Blue Sky View and the Sunshine Coast Council and its staff. The members and volunteers would also like to thank the Queensland Maritime Museum, Prof Peter Spearritt, Roger Todd, and Kevin and Norma Asmus for kindly loaning objects, brochures, images, their stories and their time.