Date: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October
Location: Various times and locations
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October
Various times and locations
No bookings required
Enjoy live storytelling sessions at selected buildings. These are location-specific, creative, non-fiction stories about historical incidents and people related to particular buildings.
The stories have been chosen and developed to enhance the meaning and significance of the locations for visitors. While providing more information and richer insight into the earliest uses of these historic spaces, the storytellers will give voice to dramatic stories that are both engaging and entertaining.
Each session includes 25-30 minutes of narratives delivered by a small team of storytellers, with 10 minutes of discussion to follow.
Boggo Road Prison
Jonathan Richards: The Case of the Dead Detective
Matthew Wengert: Border Busters & Red Flaggers
Jill Barker: Schooling Parliament––How Charles Lilley pushed free education through the House
Diamantina Health Care Museum
Pamela Rushby: The Rat-Catcher’s Daughter––Plague in Brisbane, 1901
Matthew Wengert: PnuFlu––Governing the Spanish Flu in Queensland, 1919
Old Windmill Tower
Ray Kerkhove: Brisbane’s First Public Execution, 1844
St John’s Cathedral
Duncan Richardson: Dr Hobbs and the Flying Cloud, 1864
Matthew Wengert: Difficult Measures––Why Doctor Hobbs borrowed a police revolver
Duncan is a writer of fiction, history and educational texts. He is keen to uncover the hidden stories of Brisbane’s past and has just published Year of Disaster, a history book about the various disasters of 1864.
Jill started writing after other studies in the fields of science, visual arts, and feminism and after a career exhibiting and teaching in visual arts. In her writing she aims to tell stories from the past in immersive ways.
Jonathan is one of Queensland’s foremost archival researchers, based at the University of Queensland. He is author of The Secret War, the most authoritative account of the Native Mounted Police and the colonial frontier war.
Pamela has published several works of young adult fiction. ‘The Ratcatcher’s Daughter’ is set during the outbreak of bubonic plague around Woolloongabba in 1900.
Ray is a professional historian and expert on Indigenous people’s use of local places in the pre-colonial and colonial eras.
Matthew has a longstanding interest in the histories of crime and medicine, with a particular focus on dramatic stories of epidemics. He is currently researching several stories about the impact of Spanish Flu in Brisbane and other places in Queensland.