Top 150 documenting Queensland exhibition

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  • Location: Maroochydore Library, Cotton Tree 4558 Queensland

Library serves a blast from State's rich past

Breaker Morant's charge sheet and Dame Nellie Melba's marriage certificate are among the significant pieces of history on display at Maroochydore Library from next week.

The rare items form part of a touring exhibition put together especially for Queensland's 150th anniversary -- Top 150 Documenting Queensland -- at the Maroochydore Library from 6 to 30 May 2009.

To celebrate the exhibition launch, the library will host a question and answer session with local historians Audienne Blyth, Ted Robinson and Dr Benny Alcorn. The session, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted by local ABC radio presenter John Stokes.

The panel will discuss history of the Sunshine Coast and will take questions from interested people.

Eminent historian Dr Murray Johnson selected Queensland's top 150 historical documents and ranked them in order of significance, drawing on rare archival records from the collections of Queensland State Archives and other cultural heritage institutions.

Ranked at number 33 in the exhibition is correspondence from Claudius Buchanan Whish, who grew the first commercial sugar cane crop on his Oaklands Plantation near Caboolture in 1863.

Council has added other fascinating items from their collection of historical records, including:
* The Nambour Chronicle's screaming front page headline of 17 August 1945: "Japan Surrenders!"
* Buderim Estate's first sale land on 19 August 1916 proclaiming "rich volcanic chocolate soil with unsurpassed views within three hours of the metropolis"
* A new resort at Alexandra Headland offering "lovely ocean views to Pt Cartwright" for a deposit of two pounds.

Proudly commissioned by Queensland State Archives through the Department of Public Works, Top 150 Documenting Queensland is touring South-East Queensland throughout 2009 in conjunction with the Queensland Newspapers exhibition Our Queensland.

Our Queensland captures some of the memorable moments and people of great state through iconic photos from The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail archives.

For more information visit Queensland State Archives online at

What: Launch of Top 150 Documenting Queensland exhibition and Q&A session with local historians
Where: Maroochydore Library 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree
When: 11am Wednesday 6 May 2009

Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

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Maroochydore Library, Cotton Tree

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