New exhibition – It’s about the trees
The Landsborough Museum is pleased to announce that it will soon launch a new exhibition. The exhibition – Tree Change Sunshine Coast – is about the changes in how we use the land on the Sunshine Coast and the changing opinions of that land use.
The volunteers of the museum have been working on the exhibition for 12 months with the curatorial assistance of John Waldron from BlueSky View, a local exhibition/museum and gallery consultancy. The exhibition is proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grant program, and we received photographic support from Picture Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Libraries, State Library of Queensland and Maleny Cultural & Historical Society.
Tree Change explores a number of themes including Indigenous land use, timber heritage, forestry, conservationists, the protests, green lifestyles, the arts and crafts, and current land use planning.
We are now busy installing the new exhibition. We’ll let you know when the installation is complete.
Our most recent major exhibition was 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 was an exhibition that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast by highlighting 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”.
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.