Queensland Museum launches online collection of festivals for Q150

16 November 2009

From melons and pineapples to camp ovens, Captain Cook and country music, Queensland’s colourful regional festivals make up the newest collection launched by the Queensland Museum.

Collecting Queensland’s Festivals’ is an online collection of 11 displays about the state’s regional festivals, celebrating the unique Queensland stories and community spirit across the state.

Queensland Museum Development Officer Vicki Warden said the Museum collaborated with 11 regional museums on this Q150 initiative to create a website that showcases the history of some of the state’s most colourful regional festivals.

“Festival stories, images, videos and memorabilia from 11 regional museums make up the online collection,” Mrs Warden said.

“We’ve created a site where people can soak up the atmosphere of the festivals online which may encourage them to take the experience further by visiting the regional museums to see the exhibitions on display and even attend the festivals in person next year,” she said.

The website is the culmination of the Queensland Museum’s two year, state-wide initiative to encourage regional museums to engage in contemporary collecting which, until now, has not been widely practised.

“For most of the museums involved, it was the first time they had actively engaged in contemporary collecting which is essential to preserve the stories of the generations of Queenslanders born since World War II,” Mrs Warden said.

Collecting Queensland Festivals’ was officially launched by Premier Anna Bligh at the Museum and Gallery Services Queensland’s Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards held at Queensland Museum South Bank on 13 November.

Visit www.qm.qld.gov.au/collecting-queensland-festivals to experience:

  • Abbey Medieval Festival - Abbey Museum, Caboolture
  • Apple and Grape Harvest Festival - Stanthorpe Museum
  • Australian Camp Oven Festival - Millmerran Museum
  • Chinchilla Melon Festival - Chinchilla Historical Museum
  • Discover Sarina Festival ‘Sarina Rocks’ - Sarina District Historical Centre
  • Discovery Festival - Cooktown & District Historical Society
  • Golden Mount Festival - Mt Morgan Museum
  • Gympie Muster - Kilkivan & District Historical Society Museum
  • Pineapple Festival - Capricorn Coast Historical Society
  • River to Reef Festival - Mackay Historical Society & Museum
  • Woodford Folk Festival - Maleny Historical Society

The Queensland Government granted $10,000 in Q150 Community Funding towards the staging of the online exhibition as part of Queensland's 150th Celebrations 2009.

Media Contact:  Louise Sturgess  07 3842 9388 or 0417 741 710