Robyn Archer exhibition - Unexpected Archives

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  • Location: Nambour, Nambour 4560 Queensland


Names like the 'Ferry the Human Frog', 'the Chung Ling acrobats' and 'the Great Karachi and the Indian Rope Trick' sound more like entertainment on the Footy Show than file subjects you might find in the National Archives.

But they are among the unusual items on show in the exhibition Unexpected Archives which opens at the Nambour Civic Centre on Thursday 3rd June.

Curates by well-known actor, singer, writer and director, Robyn Archer, the exhibition comprises material she found when fossicking through the Archives' copyright collection.

'It was a wonder to me that in one afternoon, the Archives staff could assemble so many items that made fantastic connections to my personal and professional life', Robyn said.

'The material I chose mainly speaks about an era I never really lived in, but one I accidentally experienced just as it was passing. If I can choose one word, it's vaudeville. Vaudeville means everything - speech, song, spectacle, politics, currents affairs, manners, comment, variety, the bizarre, burlesque, magic….the lot,' she said.

The Archives copyright collection contains musical scores, plays, film scripts, books, manuscripts, catalogues, maps, dance steps, photos, sketches, models of sculptures, dress patterns, games, newspapers, magazines, sports programs and more.

Visitors to the exhibition will also see the first edition of the Australian Woman's Weekly, the original sheet music for Waltzing Matilda, the photograph that risqué comedian Roy Rene (Mo) used to register his makeup, and an early Punch and Judy stage set.

The tour of this exhibition was assisted by Visions of Australia, a Commonwealth Government Program providing funding support to tour exhibition of cultural material across Australia. Visions of Australia aims to provide all Australians, wherever they live, with better access to the nation's cultural heritage; historic, scientific and visual arts material; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture.

The exhibition will be on show at the Nambour Civic Centre from 3rd June to 27th June.

For further enquiries phone Michael Bloyce 5475 7755.


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