Brisbane Open House Day 2: Walter Taylor Bridge

I have absolutely no idea why, but, I’ve always been fascinated by the Walter Taylor Bridge in Brisbane. I think it’s because when I was younger, I was told that people used to live inside the bridge. This was pretty much one of the coolest things I had ever heard. Since then, I have always wanted to see inside the bridge and learn more about the people who called it home. Luckily, Brisbane Greeters were offering tours during Brisbane Open House. They actually run these tours all year round based on requests. I have added some more information at the end of the post in case you are interested in booking. Continue reading “Brisbane Open House Day 2: Walter Taylor Bridge”

Brisbane Open House Day 2: Mater Heritage Walk

On the agenda for this morning was the Mater Heritage Walk. My friend and I spent 20 minutes walking around trying to find where exactly the tour was meeting. It was a very stressful start to the tour as no information had been provided prior to the day. Once the tour was underway, however, we were glad that we hadn’t given up. Similar to the post from yesterday, I’m going to start with a little history of the building then show, rather than tell, my experience of the tour. I’ll finish with a few final thoughts. Continue reading “Brisbane Open House Day 2: Mater Heritage Walk”

Brisbane Open House Day 1

As soon as I discovered I’d be moving back to Brisbane in time for Brisbane Open House, I signed up to be a volunteer. In 2013, I volunteered at the State Library of Queensland. It was fine, but, this year I wanted to volunteer somewhere that I was really desperate to see, Eisenmenger House. Before delving too far into the architectural history of the house, here is a little bit of information on the overarching event. Continue reading “Brisbane Open House Day 1”

Museum of Brisbane: Life in Irons

A while back I visited the Museum of Brisbane to see an amazing talk on convict tattoos. I promised to return and see the exhibition Life in Irons before it closed at the end of October. I honestly don’t know how time goes so quickly, but, I managed to pop in after work today to explore the exhibition in full. Continue reading “Museum of Brisbane: Life in Irons”

Museum of Brisbane: Convict Tattoos Skin Stories

The history and evolution of tattooing is fascinating. Originally reserved for criminals, now it is estimated that approximately 19% of Australians have at least one tattoo (source). As I find this particular topic very interesting, I was excited when the Museum of Brisbane released tickets for a public program titled Convict Tattoos: Skin Stories. This program was held in conjunction with their new exhibition Life in Irons, the men and women of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony. The following blog post will provide some convict context before focusing solely on the talk. Continue reading “Museum of Brisbane: Convict Tattoos Skin Stories”

UQ Art Museum: Defying Empire

On Friday night, I was fortunate enough to attend the opening of Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the University of Queensland Art Museum. This exhibition has travelled from the National Gallery of Australia where it was on display in 2017. The evening was well-structured and it was fantastic to see so many people in attendance. I am going to focus this post on the evening itself with only occasional references to the art on display. I will also note here that photography is not allowed in the exhibition due to copyright issues. For this reason, there will not be many images throughout the post. Continue reading “UQ Art Museum: Defying Empire”

Abbey Medieval Festival

The Abbey Medieval Festival, hosted by the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, is a living history event. I have always wanted to attend the festival and see, firsthand, some historical re-enactments. Spoiler alert: it was epic. We spent the whole of Sunday walking around the festival stalls, watching some jousting and archery, and eating what was literally called meat on a stick. Continue reading “Abbey Medieval Festival”